Velosef Side Effects
Generic name: cephradine
Note: This document contains side effect information about cephradine. Some of the dosage forms listed on this page may not apply to the brand name Velosef.
Applies to cephradine: oral capsule, oral powder for reconstitution
Pseudomembranous colitis has been reported in patients receiving cephradine (the active ingredient contained in Velosef) both orally and intravenously. Diarrhea generally starts 1 to 16 days after starting cephradine therapy. If the diarrhea is unresponsive to discontinuation of the drug and/or standard therapy, a diagnosis of pseudomembranous colitis should be considered.[Ref]
Gastrointestinal side effects have included nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea, and are among the most common side effects associated with cephradine. Several cases of pseudomembranous colitis associated with the use of cephradine have been reported.[Ref]
Hepatic side effects have included transient elevations of SGOT, SGPT, and bilirubin. Hepatocellular damage has not been reported.[Ref]
Renal side effects associated with some cephalosporins have included interstitial nephritis. (Reversible fever, azotemia, pyuria, and eosinophilia are the hallmarks of cephalosporin-induced interstitial nephritis.)[Ref]
Genitourinary side effects have included vaginal yeast infections.[Ref]
Other side effects have included chest tightness.[Ref]
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