Spectracef

(cefditoren)

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Treats bacterial infections.

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Our bottom line

Spectracef (cefditoren) is good for treating many bacterial infections and it works best if you take the full course without stopping.

Quick facts about Spectracef
  • Drug class: Infection
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (cefditoren)

Upsides

  • Spectracef (cefditoren) can be taken with birth control pills.
  • People usually have few side effects when taking Spectracef (cefditoren).
  • Spectracef (cefditoren) is available as a generic.
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Downsides

  • Spectracef (cefditoren) can interact with blood thinners and make you more likely to bleed.
  • You can't take Spectracef (cefditoren) and antacids at the same time. Your pharmacist can help you figure out when the best time to take your antacids is.
  • If you're diabetic, Spectracef (cefditoren) can cause a false positive result if you're using Clinitest to measure your urine sugar levels. Talk to your doctor about alternative urine sugar tests.
  • Spectracef (cefditoren) can also affect other lab test so let your physicians know that you're taking Spectracef (cefditoren).
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How it works

Spectracef (cefditoren) is an antibacterial. It kills bacteria by preventing them from making their protective covering.

Quick facts about Spectracef
  • Drug class: Infection
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (cefditoren)

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What to expect when you take Spectracef (cefditoren) for Bacterial infection

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  • Possible side effects
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea
  • Headache
  • Abdominal pain
  • Vaginal fungal infection
  • Upset stomach
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Side effect rates for Spectracef (cefditoren)

Risks and Warnings for Spectracef (cefditoren)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • Poor nutritional state
    • Prolonged treatment
    • Liver disease
    • Kidney disease
    • Anticoagulant therapy

    Spectracef (cefditoren) may increase your risk of bleeding. There's a higher risk for people who take blood thinners, have poor nutrition, have liver or kidney problems, or will be on Spectracef (cefditoren) for long periods of time. You may need to get blood tests, so talk to your doctor.

Common concerns from people taking Spectracef (cefditoren)

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Interactions
  • Spectracef (cefditoren) can interact with blood thinners and make you more likely to bleed.
Food
  • Take with food.