Before taking this medicine
You should not take this medicine if you are allergic to Eficef or to other cephalosporin antibiotics, such as:
cephradine (Velosef); and others.
To make sure Eficef is safe for you, tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs, especially penicillins.
The chewable tablet form may contain phenylalanine. Talk to your doctor before using this form of Eficef if you have phenylketonuria (PKU).
It is not known whether this medicine will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant.
It is not known whether Eficef passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding. You may need to stop nursing while you are taking Eficef.
The Eficef suspension (liquid) contains sucrose. Talk to your doctor before using this form of Eficef if you have diabetes.
Eficef side effects
Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Call your doctor at once if you have:
severe stomach pain, diarrhea that is watery or bloody;
jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes);
pale or yellowed skin, dark colored urine, confusion or weakness;
a seizure (convulsions);
low blood cell counts--sudden weakness or ill feeling, fever, chills, flu-like symptoms, swollen gums, mouth sores, skin sores, rapid heart rate, pale skin, easy bruising, unusual bleeding, feeling light-headed;
kidney problems--little or no urination, painful or difficult urination, swelling in your feet or ankles, feeling tired or short of breath; or
severe skin reaction--fever, sore throat, swelling in your face or tongue, burning in your eyes, skin pain followed by a red or purple skin rash that spreads (especially in the face or upper body) and causes blistering and peeling.
Common side effects may include:
vaginal itching or discharge.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
What should I avoid while taking Eficef?
Antibiotic medicines can cause diarrhea, which may be a sign of a new infection. If you have diarrhea that is watery or bloody, call your doctor. Do not use anti-diarrhea medicine unless your doctor tells you to.
What are some other side effects of Eficef Capsules and Tablets?
All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother you or do not go away:
These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your doctor. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.
You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.
Uses of Eficef Capsules and Tablets:
- It is used to treat bacterial infections.
Drug interactions overview
- Concomitant use with Eficef and carbamazepine may elevate carbamazepine levels reported in postmarketing experience
- Administration of Eficef may result in a false-positive reaction for glucose in the urine using Clinitest®, Benedict’s solution, or Fehling’s solution; use glucose tests based on enzymatic glucose oxidase reactions (such as Clinistix® or TesTape®) be used
- A false-positive direct Coombs test reported during treatment with other cephalosporins; therefore, it should be recognized that a positive Coombs test may be due to the drug
Important: if you develop an itchy rash, swollen face or mouth, or have difficulty breathing, these can be signs that you are allergic to the antibiotic. Do not take any more Eficef and speak with your doctor or go to your local accident and emergency department straightaway.
If you experience any other symptoms which you think may be due to this medicine, speak with your doctor or pharmacist for further advice.
Generic Name: Eficef (sef IX eem)Brand Name: Suprax
Medically reviewed by Drugs.com on Mar 29, 2019 – Written by Cerner Multum
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A 7-year-old boy experienced oculogyric crisis secondary to the administration of Eficef . He was treated with Eficef 8 mg/kg/day in two divided doses for a urinary tract infection. On day 7 of treatment, he developed abnormal eye movements that included periodic eye blinking and deviations without nystagmus. Prior to this presentation, he had not received any other medications other than Eficef. The drug was stopped and his symptoms ceased. Two weeks later, Eficef was reinitiated by another physician secondary to a dry cough. The abnormal eye movements recurred and Eficef was again discontinued. The eye movements again ceased within 2 days .
How should I take Eficef?
Follow all directions on your prescription label. Do not take Eficef in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.
You may take Eficef with or without food.
The Eficef chewable tablet must be chewed before you swallow it.
Shake the oral suspension (liquid) well just before you measure a dose. Measure liquid medicine with the dosing syringe provided, or with a special dose-measuring spoon or medicine cup. If you do not have a dose-measuring device, ask your pharmacist for one.
This medication can cause unusual results with certain lab tests for glucose (sugar) in the urine. Tell any doctor who treats you that you are using Eficef.
Use this medication for the full prescribed length of time. Your symptoms may improve before the infection is completely cleared. Skipping doses may also increase your risk of further infection that is resistant to antibiotics. Eficef will not treat a viral infection such as the common cold or flu.
Store at room temperature away from moisture, heat, and light.
You may also store the oral liquid in the refrigerator. Throw away any unused liquid after 14 days.
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Hello Lalainuk. I'd say yes. But I'd leave it at one glass. As you know Eficef is an antibiotic, and as a rule antibiotics and alcohol are not mixed. When alcohol is consumned along with Eficef, it weakens the drug, in as much as it (Eficef) leaves your body earlier than intended. So, its not receiving the full theraputic effects of the drug. Thats why I suggested only the one glass. But, I'm not a doctor, so I'd check with your doctor or pharmacist to confirm or get thier opinion.very best to you