Cefetamet

Description

Cefetamet is a broad spectrum antibiotic used to treat certain infections of the lungs, urinary tract, ears, etc. caused by susceptible bacteria. This medicine is not recommended for use in case of common cold, flu or viral infections since it is active against the infections caused by certain bacteria only.

Side effects

Major & minor side effects for Cefetamet

  • Diarrhea
  • Stomach pain
  • Dizziness
  • Heartburn
  • Indigestion
  • Nausea and vomiting

Uses of Cefetamet

What is it prescribed for?

  • Bronchitis
  • Pneumonia
  • Sinusitis
  • Pharyngitis/Tonsilitis
  • Urinary Tract Infection
  • Otitis media
  • Gonococcal infection
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Concerns

Commonly asked questions

  • Onset of action
    The amount of time required for this medicine to show its action is not clinically established.
  • Duration of effect
    The amount of time for which this medicine remains active in the body is not clinically established.
  • Safe with alcohol?
    Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.
  • Is it habit forming?
    No habit-forming tendencies were reported.
  • Usage in pregnancy?
    This medicine is not recommended for use in pregnant women unless absolutely necessary. All the risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before taking this medicine.
  • Usage while breast-feeding?
    This medicine is not recommended for use in breastfeeding women unless absolutely necessary. All the risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before taking this medicine. If the medicine is used, the infant should be monitored closely for any undesired side effects.

Allergy

This medicine is not recommended for use if you have a known allergy to Cefetamet, any other Beta-lactam antibiotics, or any other ingredients present along with it.
Warnings for special population

Pregnancy

This medicine is not recommended for use in pregnant women unless absolutely necessary. All the risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before taking this medicine.

Breast-feeding

This medicine is not recommended for use in breastfeeding women unless absolutely necessary. All the risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before taking this medicine. If the medicine is used, the infant should be monitored closely for any undesired side effects.
General warnings

Clostridium difficile-associated Diarrhea

Antibiotic therapy will cause an imbalance in the normal microbial flora of the large intestine, which may promote the growth of a bacteria called Clostridium difficile and you may experience severe diarrhea as a result. Report any such incidence to the doctor on priority and avoid usage of this medicine in these cases.

Kidney impairment

This medicine should be used with caution in patients suffering from kidney impairment due to the increased risk of severe adverse effects. Close monitoring of kidney function, appropriate dose adjustments, or replacement with a suitable alternative may be required based on the clinical condition of the patient.

Hypersensitivity reactions

This medicine may cause serious and occasionally fatal hypersensitivity reactions including anaphylactic shock in some patients. This risk is especially high in patients with a history of sensitivity to multiple allergens. If an anaphylactic reaction occurs, the treatment should be discontinued immediately and appropriate corrective measures should be undertaken.

Drug-resistance

Usage of this medicine without sufficient proof or suspicion of a bacterial infection should be avoided. Irrational dosing might fail in providing the benefits and even cause toxicity. It may also increase the risk of development of bacteria that are drug resistant.

Other medicines

Cefetamet may interact with many other medicines and may cause severe adverse effects. Hence, it is advised that you inform the doctor about all your current medicines including any herbs and supplements before beginning treatment with this medicine.

Missed Dose

The missed dose should be taken as soon as possible. It is advisable to skip the missed dose if it is already time for your next scheduled dose. Do not use extra medicine to make up for the missed dose.

Overdose

Seek emergency medical treatment or contact the doctor in case of an overdose.
All drugs interact differently for person to person. You should check all the possible interactions with your doctor before starting any medicine.
Interaction with Alcohol

Description

Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.

Instructions

Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.
Interaction with Medicine
Disease interactions

Kidney Disease

This medicine should be used with extreme caution in patients suffering from kidney diseases due to the increased risk of severe adverse effects. Close monitoring of kidney function, appropriate dose adjustments, or replacement with a suitable alternative may be required in some cases based on the clinical condition of the patient.
Food interactions
Information not available.
Lab interactions
Information not available.
Take this medicine exactly as prescribed by the doctor. Do not take in larger or smaller quantities than recommended. Ensure that the treatment course is completed. Do not stop the use of this medicine without consulting your doctor.
Miscelleneous

Can be taken with or without food, as advised by your doctor

To be taken as instructed by doctor

Effect on sleep is not established

How it works
This medicine works by interfering with certain processes that help the bacteria to grow and increase in number.
Legal Status

Approved

Unknown

Unknown

Unknown

Classification

Category

Third generation cephalosporins

Schedule

Schedule H1

Cefetamet [Internet]. Pubchem.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov. 2018 [cited 20 December 2018]. Available from:

https://pubchem.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/compound/cefetamet

Pharmacokinetics of intravenous cefetamet and oral cefetamet pivoxil in children. - PubMed - NCBI [Internet]. Ncbi.nlm.nih.gov. 2018 [cited 20 December 2018]. Available from:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2069377

Pharmacokinetics of intravenous cefetamet and oral cefetamet pivoxil in patients with hepatic cirrhosis. - PubMed - NCBI [Internet]. Ncbi.nlm.nih.gov. 2018 [cited 20 December 2018]. Available from:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2386364

Cefetamet pivoxil: a review of its microbiology, toxicology, pharmacokinetics and clinical efficacy. - PubMed - NCBI [Internet]. Ncbi.nlm.nih.gov. 2019 [cited 11 April 2019]. Available from:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18611503

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Information on this page was last updated on 21 May 2019

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