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    Brand Name:Spectracef
    Generic:Cefditoren Pivoxil
This drug was approved by the FDA in one form or another on:
2001-08-28 ,
This drug is made in one form or another by the following companies:
Purdue Pharmaceutical Products L.P.
This drug is available in the following forms:
View the actual FDA approved label for this drug at the following links:

About Spectracef

Spectracef is an antibiotic used to treat adults and adolescents (12 years of age or older) with certain bacterial infections of the lungs, throat, and skin. Spectracef does not work for viral infections (for example, the common cold).

Side Effects of Spectracef

The most common side effects with Spectracef are:

  • diarrhea
  • nausea
  • vaginal yeast infection

Who Should Not Take Spectracef

You should not take Spectracef if you:

  • are allergic to Spectracef or to any of the ingredients in Spectracef
  • have ever had a severe allergic reaction to any of the antibiotics known as "cephalosporins"
  • have a milk protein allergy (not lactose intolerance); Spectracef tablets contain sodium caseinate, a milk protein
  • have a carnitine deficiency or were born with a condition that may cause a carnitine deficiency
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Recent Forum Posts on Spectracef

Spectraceff-Never Again

Hi There... I joined this forum to post about my experience with this drug..... After about two days I began having diarrhea episodes...and it has not stopped even though I have stopped taking Spectraceff. I've never had any problem with an antibiotic like this...I am basically chained to my house because I constantly need to be on the potty. Sorry so yucky but just want others to be aware if they have similar symptoms.:o


I was given a sample of this drug for a sinus infection. I was given enough for 4 days. I have been on several different kinds of antibiotics for this problem. Most hardly ever touched the infection. I felt like a million dollars. I don't seem to be able to be able to find a pharmacy, or even a phamacist who is even familiar with Spectracef. No one even seems to know where to get it.
I can not find the words to describe the wonderful results that I felt in the 4 days that I was able to take Spectrcef. My Doctor has no more samples and my insurance which is ACCESS, in AZm does not cover it.
Is it not on the market? And why doesn't insurance cover it?
Thanks, Mary


My 18 year old daughter was given this drug for tonsillitis. She felt nausea for 3 days at first then she started throwing up..could not keep anything down....she stopped taking it and for 24 hours was still sick. After finally keeping down popcicles, she may be on the mend. We have to stick with basic meds..not these new things that are coming out. She is having to wait until her stomach calms down to continue with another antibiotic for her tonsils. A bad experiment for my girl.

saved my leg

I have had really good luck with this antibiotic. Within days I was healed and I will always request this med if I ever need an antibotic again from my doctor. Go ahead and try it you will only be pleased. Thank you the makers of Spectracef. You saved my leg literally. I was going to lose it unless they found a successful antibiotic for it and I tried several. This was a last resort to say and it worked wonders for me. Thank you again for saving my leg.

sinus infection

Was wondering if it was safe to take this anti biotic with or without food. It is the first time i've taken it. my doctor gave me samples.

experiences with Spectracef

Stomach pain, dizziness, light headed

spectracef pen

I was given a spectracef pen to do my initial triage at the Dr's office today and noticed it was a right-handed AND left-handed pen. This is the FIRST time I've seen a pen for left-handers ... (I kept it) ... Thanks for thinking of left-handers ... your a FIRST.

Ed Frybarger

Spectracef pen

No Subject

After taking the first two pills, I woke up the following morning with VERY red and swollen eye lids. A lot of the swelling disappeared as the day passed. I experienced some itching. The second morning, my eye lids were swollen even more. I contacted the doctor's office who prescribe this medication;he was not in but I informed them that I thought I was having an allergic reaction. I contacted my family doctor's office; My doctor gave me a shot and gave me Clarinex to take. He also took me off Spectracef.

No Subject

I took spectracef for three days and ended up with severe diarrhea.
I quite taking it and had the diarrhea for a good week afterword. It was horrible. It was the worst diarrhea I ever had. I will never take Spectracef again. I never had problems like this with any other medicine.

mess my heart up

made my heart skip beats and drove me to panic everytime, i still have after effects now.

Spectracef side effects

I was given Spectracef a few weeks ago for a sinus infection, it did well, but I see bad side effects on this site, I would like to know of anyone who has had a bad side effect from this medication.
Thanks in advance,
Linda Allred


Horrible medicine. Had diarrhea for 2 weeks after taking this mess. Had to go back to the doctor to get a prescription to stop the diarrhea. I'd rather put my face on a hot iron than deal with the side effects of spectracef. I'll NEVER take this medicine again.


I have been taking spectracef 3-1/2 days for a sinus and ear infection. The first day i took it at times my chest would fill like it was burning and on fire. I ate a slice of bread and that helped. Then the stomach pain set in, also pain in the upper back and kidneys burn. Today I am really dizzy.I called the doctors offic, spoke with the nurse who told me to keep taking the drug. I am starting to think this is a bad drug, and don't like taking it.


After taking this drug for two days I experienced severe diziness. Then I noticed that I had pain in my left kidney area and although I was living mostly on fluids to loosen the conjestion in my lungs I could barely urinate.This drug scares me.


Bad news on Specracef. I WILL NEVER TAKE THIS DRUG AGAIN. While traveleing I was diagnosed with sinus infection. Clinic Doctor gave me Spectracef samples for seven days. Severe diarrea started on second day. Followed up with my own doc upon return. He diagnoses antibiotic related diarrhea-----with c-dif infecion in intestines due to use of spectracef.

I needed another drug....Flagyl..to kick the infection caused by Spectracef. I would pull my finger nails out one by one before I would let anyone get near me with this drug. WARNING!!! Complications can
be serious.

No Subject

I got sick within an hour of taking spectracef. I felt sick to my stomach, severe diarrhea and I felt jittery inside.

Negative Reaction!

My daughter took this for sinus infection and bronchitis. Within a few minutes she felt like her arms had gone to sleep. Then her legs had the same sensation. Before long, her temperature was rising and she found it difficult to breathe. Her hands were spasming, painful to open. We finally got some Benadryl into her and the symptoms subsided. She is 18. She has never exhibited an allergy to anything ever in her life. She grew up with her share of kid ailments, so had antibiotics of various types and names. Now she needs to avoid this - and what else? I can't get more information from the Dr.s office.

No Subject

i was wondering what kind of effects their are if you consume alcohol while on spectracef?


I am on my 7th day and feel sick to my stomach. I wonder if my anxiety is due to this drug.

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