Medicine Overview of Instacef Tablet DT
Instacef 100 mg Tablet DT is used in the treatment of bacterial infections
. It is used for short-term treatment of bacterial infections of urinary tract, skin and soft-tissue, ear, bone, blood, abdomen, genital and lungs (pneumonia). It is also used to prevent infections after surgery.
Side Effects of Instacef are Vomiting, Nausea, Stomach pain, Indigestion, Diarrhoea.
Take this medicine in the dose and duration as advised by your doctor. Dissolve it in a glass of water before taking it. Instacef 100 mg Tablet DT may be taken with or without food, but it is better to take it at a fixed time.
Instacef 100 mg Tablet DT is an antibiotic. It kills bacteria by preventing them from forming the bacterial protective covering which is needed for them to survive.
In Depth Information on Instacef Tablet DT
Your doctor has prescribed Instacef 100 mg Tablet DT to cure your infection and improve your symptoms.
Do not skip any doses and finish the full course of treatment even if you feel better. Stopping it early may make the infection to come back and harder to treat.
Discontinue Instacef 100 mg Tablet DT and inform your doctor immediately if you get a rash, itchy skin, swelling of face and mouth, or have difficulty in breathing.
Diarrhea may occur as a side effect but should stop when your course is complete. Inform your doctor if it doesn't stop or if you find blood in your stools.
- Take it with food to avoid an upset stomach.
- Avoid consuming alcohol while taking Instacef 100 mg Tablet DT as it may cause increased side effects.
Instacef Tablet DT related warnings
Instacef 100 mg Tablet DT is probably safe to use during pregnancy.
Animal studies have shown low or no adverse effect on the foetus, however, there are limited human studies. Please consult your doctor.
Instacef 100 mg Tablet DT is safe to use during lactation.
Human studies have shown that either the drug does not pass into the breastmilk in significant amount or is not expected to cause toxicity to the baby.
Avoid prolonged use of Instacef 100 mg Tablet DT, since it may have possible effects such as rash and diarrhea.
Instacef 100 mg Tablet DT does not usually affect your ability to drive.
Instacef 100 mg Tablet DT should be used with caution in patients with kidney disease. Dose adjustment of Instacef 100 mg Tablet DT may be needed. Please consult your doctor.
Instacef 100 mg Tablet DT should be used with caution in patients with liver disease. Dose adjustment of Instacef 100 mg Tablet DT may be needed. Please consult your doctor.
If you miss a dose of Instacef 100 mg Tablet DT, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular schedule. Do not double the dose.
Frequently asked questions about Instacef Tablet DT
Q. What is Instacef and what is it used for?
Instacef is a cephalosporin antibiotic used for treating many infections, for eg: infections of the ear, throat (e.g. tonsillitis, pharyngitis), chest and lungs (e.g. bronchitis, pneumonia) and urinary tract (e.g. cystitis and kidney infections).
Q. Is Instacef used for diarrhea?
Instacef has not been indicated for the treatment of diarrhea. Please talk to your doctor if you have diarrhea before taking any antibiotics.
Q. Is Instacef a cephalosporin?
Yes, Instacef belongs to a group of antibiotics called 'cephalosporins'.
Q. Is Instacef safe for infants?
Safety of Instacef in children less than 6 months of age (includes premature and newborn infants) has not been established. Please consult your doctor before starting any antibiotics in children.
Q. Is Instacef a penicillin?
Instacef is not a penicillin. It belongs to a different class of medicines known as cephalosporin and it works in a similar way as penicillins. However, they are different antibiotics. Please consult your doctor regarding their use.
Q. Does Instacef cause diarrhea?
Diarrhea is a common side effect of Instacef. Diarrhea has been more commonly associated with higher doses. Stop the medicine if you have severe watery diarrhea that will not stop and you are feeling weak and have a fever. immediately consult your doctor.
Q. Does Instacef cause constipation?
Constipation has not been reported as a side effect with Instacef. Please consult your doctor in case you experience constipation while taking Instacef.
Q. Does Instacef cure chlamydia?
Instacef is not effective against chlamydia infections, so, it is not used for its treatment. Please consult your doctor if you have been diagnosed with a chlamydial infection.
Q. Does Instacef contain penicillin?
Instacef is a cephalosporin which has an action similar to penicillins but it does not contain any penicillin.
Q. Does Instacef cover pseudomonas?
No, Instacef is not active against pseudomonas. Most strains of pseudomonas are resistant to Instacef. Please consult your doctor if you have pseudomonas infections for the appropriate antibiotic treatment.
Q. Does Instacef contain sulfur?
No, Instacef does not contain sulfur. Please check the package leaflet (patient information leaflet) before using any medicine for its contents.
Q. Does Instacef cure syphilis?
Instacef is not active against the bacteria (Treponema pallidum) which causes syphilis. So, it is not used for the treatment of syphilis. Please consult your doctor if you have signs and symptoms of syphilis.
Q. Does Instacef cure gonorrhea?
Instacef can be used to treat uncomplicated gonorrhea caused by Neisseria gonorrhoeae (both penicillinase and non-penicillinase producing bacteria). However, always talk to your doctor if you have any infection as it should be diagnosed properly by a doctor before the start of antibiotics. Never take antibiotics yourself.
Q. Does Instacef treat typhoid?
Instacef is not indicated for the treatment of typhoid by the government regulatory authorities. However, Indian Academy of Pediatrics recommend the use of Instacef in children for uncomplicated typhoid fever. It is hence, advisable that you must take the antibiotics for typhoid fever only when it is recommended by your doctor. Do not take antibiotics yourself.
Q. Does Instacef affect birth control?
There is no evidence of cefexime affecting birth control (contraception). However, interactions may occur and Instacef may affect the action of birth control pills. Please consult your doctor to confirm whether you require a extra birth control measure while taking Instacef.
Q. Can I take Instacef with azithromycin?
No interactions have been clinically observed between Instacef and azithromycin. However, interactions may occur. Always consult with your doctor before taking two medicines together.
Q. Can I take Instacef and doxycycline together?
No interactions have been clinically observed between Instacef and doxycycline. However, interactions may occur. Always consult with your doctor before taking two medicines together.
Q. Can I take Instacef with paracetamol?
No interactions have been clinically observed between Instacef and paracetamol. However, interactions may occur. Always consult with your doctor before taking two medicines together.
Q. Can I take Instacef with folic acid?
Folic acid can be taken with Instacef as no drug-drug interactions have been clinically observed between them. However, interactions may occur. Please consult your doctor before taking the two medicines together.
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