Loracarbef (Oral)

This medication treats a variety of bacterial infections, such as bronchitis, ear infections, pneumonia, sinusitis, skin and soft tissue infections, strep throat, and urinary tract infections.

Overview

Loracarbef is an antibiotic prescribed by doctors to treat various forms of mild to moderate bacterial infections throughout the body. This medication interferes with a bacteria cell's ability to properly create a wall around it. Once the cell wall is weakened, the cell ruptures and dies.

Conditions Treated

  • Bacterial infections

Type Of Medication

  • Carbacephem antibiotic

Brand Name or Other Names:

  • Lorabid

Side Effects

Sometimes a medication may have unwanted side effects along with the effects it is intended to have. Many of the side effects that occur with use of this medication are mild and may not need any medical attention. These effects should go away as your body adjusts to the treatment. If any of the following side effects do not go away, are bothersome, or if you have questions, talk to your doctor.

The list of these side effects includes:

  • Appetite loss

Contact your doctor immediately if these side effects occur:

  • Itching

Other side effects can also occur that are not listed. Talk to your doctor about any other effects you notice while using this medication.

Dosage Information

The amount of loracarbef one patient takes will be different from what another takes, depending on a variety of factors, including the strength it is prescribed at, the number of doses to be taken, the amount of time between doses, how long it needs to be taken for, and the specific condition it is being prescribed for. Your doctor will take these and other factors into account when determining the best dosage for you.

Once your doctor determines the best dosage for you, follow their instructions in taking this medication. Unless directed by your doctor, complete the full course of treatment.

The drug manufacturer has created a set of general recommendations for doses. They are:

  • For adults and children thirteen years or older taking this medicine for bronchitis, take 200 400 mg every twelve hours for a duration of seven days. For child between the ages of six months and twelve years, the amount to be taken and the intervals at which it should be taken will be determined by your doctor.

Take this medication on an empty stomach, either one hour before a meal or two hours afterward.

If you miss a dose of this medication, take it as soon as you realize you have missed it. If it is almost time to take your next dose, skip the dose you missed and get back on the regular dosing schedule for the rest of your treatment.

Types of Interactions:

While this medication is intended to treat bacterial infections, there are some instances where it may not act as intended. Certain drugs and medicines, daily habits, and medical conditions can interfere with or be worsened by use of this medication.

Drug Interactions:

medications can interfere with the effectiveness of loracarbef. The list of medications includes:

  • Antibiotics like ampicillin

This list is not complete. Discuss all drugs, vitamins and supplements, and other products you are using with your doctor.

Food and Drink Interactions:

Your body may not absorb this medication as well as it should if you take a dose with food, so try to take it on an empty stomach either an hour before or two hours after a meal.

Disease Interactions:
Sometimes loracarbef and medications like it can interfere with treatment of certain medical conditions or create other medical conditions as a result of their use. A list of these treatments and conditions includes:

  • Colitis

There may be other conditions or treatments that are affected as well. Discuss these and other medical conditions you have with your doctor before using this medication.

Warnings

Do not use this loracarbef if you are allergic to it or any of the ingredients in it, or if you are allergic to other cephalosporin medications.

This medication is only effective against bacteria. Do not use it to treat viral infections like the common cold.

This medication may cause dizziness or drowsiness. You should not drive, operate machinery, or participate in any other activities that require you to be alert until you know how you will react to it. Use of this medication with some other medications, or alcohol, may also reduce alertness.

This medicine should be used for the full course of treatment. Failing to do so can decrease its effectiveness and increase the risk of the bacteria developing an immunity, which will make it impossible to treat with this and some other antibiotics in the future.

A second infection is possible with long-term / repeated use of this medication. To treat a second infection, your doctor may want to change medications. If you see signs of a second infection, contact your doctor immediately.

Tell your doctor right away if you start having severe diarrhea, bloody stools, or stomach cramps or pains, as these may be symptoms of a serious side effect that needs medical attention immediately. While you are taking this medication, do not treat diarrhea without talking to your doctor.

If you have diabetes, loracarbef can cause results from some urine glucose tests to come back incorrect. Talk to your doctor before adjusting your diabetes medication doses or changing your diet.

Before having lab tests performed, let your doctor and personnel at the laboratory know you are taking this medication. It can affect the results of certain lab tests.

Use this medication with caution in elderly patients. They may be more sensitive to some of its side effects.

Use this medication with extreme caution in children under the age of six months old. This medication's safety and effectiveness has not been confirmed in this age group yet.

Also use this medication with extreme caution in children under the age of ten who have either diarrhea or a stomach or bowel infection.

If you are pregnant, or become pregnant, while taking this medication, talk to your doctor about the risks and benefits of using it while pregnant.

If you are or plan to nurse while using this medication, speak with your doctor or pharmacists about the risks to your baby. It is not currently known if this medication is excreted into breast milk.

Storage And Disposal Instructions

Store this medication in a tightly sealed container at room temperature. Keep it away from sources of heat, moisture, and direct light. Do not freeze this medicine.

Store this medicine in a place out of the reach of children and pets.

Do not hold onto expired or unused medicine. Consult with your doctor or pharmacist about the best way to dispose of it.

Summary

Loracarbef can be an effective option for treating certain bacterial infections, so long as the medication is taken correctly - in the correct amounts, at the right intervals, and for the full course of treatment as directed by a doctor. However, in order to determine the correct amounts, intervals, and length of treatment, there are a number of factors that a doctor needs to account for.

In order for a doctor to properly account for all factors, they need to have open lines of communication with their patient. The patient needs to be completely honest about their medical history, what they know about their family's medical history, their daily habits, and what other medications and health supplement products they are using. There are certain medical conditions, drugs, and products that can be adversely affected by or interfere with the intended effects of this medication.

Caught early enough, and treated correctly, bacterial infections can be a relatively minor medical condition that is quickly resolved. If not, however, they can turn into a severe medical condition requiring more extensive treatment. Loracarbef, and other antibiotics like it, can help stop these infections from becoming something much more serious.

  • Bronchitis
  • Ear infections
  • Pneumonia
  • Sinusitis
  • Skin and soft tissue infections
  • Strep throat
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Cephalosporins
  • Lorabid Pulvules
  • Diarrhea
  • Drowsiness or dizziness
  • Headache
  • Nausea / vomiting
  • Nervousness
  • Stomach pain
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Skin rash
  • For children between the ages of six months to twelve years using this medication for ear infections, the amount to be taken will be determined by your doctor, as will the intervals at which it will be taken and the length of time it will be taken for.
  • For adults and children thirteen years or older taking this medication for pneumonia, take 400 mg every twelve hours for a period of fourteen days. For children between the ages of six months and twelve years, the amount to be taken and the intervals at which it should be taken will be determined by your doctor.
  • For adults and children older than the age of thirteen taking this medication for sinusitis, take 400 mg every twelve hours for a duration of ten days. For children between the ages of six months and twelve years, the amount to be taken and the intervals at which it should be taken will be determined by your doctor.
  • For adults and children over the age of thirteen taking this medicine for skin and soft tissue infections, take 200 mg every twelve hours for a period of seven days. For children between the ages of six months to twelve years, the amount to be taken and the intervals at which it should be taken will be determined by your doctor.
  • For adults and children thirteen years old and older using this medicine for streptococcal pharyngitis (or strep throat), take 200 mg every twelve hours for a duration of ten days. For children between the ages of six months to twelve years, the amount to be taken and the intervals at which it should be taken will be determined by your doctor.
  • For adults and children older than the age of thirteen using this medication to treat urinary tract infections, take 200-400 mg every twelve to twenty-four hours for a period of seven to fourteen days. For children between the ages of six months to twelve years, the amount to be taken and intervals at which it should be taken will be determined by your doctor.
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