Lorabid

Generic name: Loracarbef.

Lorabid is a cephalosporin antibiotic. It interferes with the production of certain biochemicals necessary for bacteria to sustain life.

Quick Facts About Lorabid

Purpose

Used to treat mild to moderate bacterial infections of the lungs, ears, throat, sinuses, skin, urinary tract, and kidneys.

Lorabid Dosage

Take 1 hour prior to eating or 2 hours after. Do not stop medication even if symptoms subside; symptoms may return if you do not finish prescription. Important to keep a constant level of Lorabid in your system.

  • Usual adult dose (for adults and children 13 years and older): For bronchitis — 200 to 400 milligrams every 12 hours for 7 days. For pneumonia — 400 milligrams every 12 hours for 14 days. For sinusitis — 400 milligrams every 12 hours for 10 days. For skin and soft tissue infections — 200 milligrams every 12 hours for 7 days. For strep throat and tonsillitis — 200 milligrams every 12 hours for 10 days. For bladder infections — 200 milligrams every 24 hours for 7 days. For kidney infections — 400 milligrams every 12 hours for 14 days.
  • Usual child dose (for children under 13 years): For middle ear infection — 30 milligrams of liquid per 2.2 pounds of body weight per day divided into 2 doses for 10 days. Use suspension, do not use pulvules. For strep throat and tonsillitis — 15 milligrams per 2.2 pounds of body weight per day divided into 2 doses for at least 10 days. For impetigo — 15 milligrams per 2.2 pounds of body weight per day divided into 2 doses for at least 10 days.
  • Missed dose: take as soon as possible, unless almost time for next dose. In that case, do not take missed dose; go back to regular schedule. Do not double doses.

Lorabid Side Effects

Overdose symptoms:

diarrhea, nausea, stomach upset, vomiting. If you suspect an overdose, immediately seek medical attention.

More common side effects in children: diarrhea; inflamed, runny nose; vomiting. More common side effects in adults: diarrhea, headache.

Less common or rare Lorabid side effects in children: headache, loss of appetite, rash, sleepiness. Less common side effects in adults: abdominal pain, nausea, rhinitis, skin rashes, vaginitis, vomiting, yeast infection. Rare side effects in adults: blood disorders, dizziness, hives, insomnia, itching, loss of appetite, nervousness, red bumps on skin, sleepiness, vasodilation (blood vessel expanding). Side effects for other drugs of this class: allergic reactions (sometimes severe); anemia; blood disorders; hemorrhage; kidney problems; serum sickness (fever, skin rash, joint pain, swollen lymph nodes); skin peeling.

Interactions

Inform your doctor before combining Lorabid with diuretics such as Lasix and Bumex, probenecid (Benemid).

No known food/other substance interactions. 

Special Cautions

If pregnant or planning to become pregnant, inform your doctor immediately. Not known if Lorabid appears in breast milk.

No special precautions apply to seniors.

Follow doctor’s instructions carefully for children.

  • Immediately notify your doctor if you develop diarrhea; Lorabid can inflame the bowel, which may be mild or life-threatening. Do not take diarrhea medications unless directed by your doctor.
  • May develop secondary infection from prolonged use. Do not use leftover Lorabid for any later infections.
  • Inform your doctor if sensitive to or allergic to this medication, penicillin, cephalosporins, or any other medication; you are at risk for a severe reaction.
  • Doctor should perform blood tests to check your urine and kidney function before and during Lorabid therapy.

Note:

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