CEFRADINE 500MG CAPSULES
Active substance(s): CEFRADINE
BEFORE YOU TAKE CEFRADINE
Do not take Cefradine Capsules if you:
• are allergic to cefradine or any of the
ingredients contained in this medicine; see
section 6 Contents of the pack and other
• are allergic to penicillin antibiotics
• suffer with rare hereditary problems of
galactose intolerance, the Lapp lactase
deficiency or glucose-galactose
Warnings and precautions
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before
taking cefradine if:
• you suffer from kidney problems, as you
may require a lower dose than normal
• you are a diabetic. If you use chemical
tests to check for sugar in urine, cefradine
may cause a false positive reaction. This
does not occur with dipstick type tests, or
tests for blood sugar.
• you have an intolerance to some sugars as
this medicine contains lactose.
Pregnancy, breast-feeding and fertility
Talk to your doctor before taking Cefradine
Capsules if you are pregnant, think you may
be pregnant, are planning to become
pregnant or are breast-feeding.
Important information about some of the
ingredients in this medicine
Cefradine Capsules contain lactose, which is
Other medicines and Cefradine
Check with your doctor or pharmacist if you
are taking, or have recently taken any other
medicines even those not prescribed by a
doctor. In particular tell your doctor if you are
taking any of the following:
• diuretics or ‘water tablets’ e.g. furosemide
• probenecid (used to treat gout)
Driving and using machines
Cefradine Capsules do not usually affect your
ability to drive, but if you experience any
dizziness do not drive or operate machinery.
HOW TO TAKE CEFRADINE
Always take this medicine exactly as your
doctor or pharmacist has told you. Check with
your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.
Adults (including the elderly)
The recommended dose is 250mg or 500mg
4 times a day or 500mg-1000mg 2 times a
If you are elderly your doctor will see you
more often while you are taking this medicine.
Use in Children
If you are giving Cefradine Capsules to your
child, your doctor will work out the right dose
depending on your child’s weight.
The recommended dose is 25mg to 50mg/kg
body weight daily in divided doses.
The capsules should be swallowed whole
with a glass of water and can be taken before
or after meals. However, if you find that this
medicine upsets your stomach it may help to
take it with food.
If you forget to take Cefradine
Keep taking your medicine until the course is
finished. If you forget to take a dose, take a
dose as soon as you remember.
If you take more Cefradine than you
If you take more capsules than you should,
contact your nearest hospital casualty
department or doctor immediately.
STOP taking Cefradine Capsules and tell
your doctor immediately if you experience
any of the following side effects:
• severe, possibly bloody diarrhoea
• severe peeling or blistering of the skin
• swelling of the face, lips and tongue,
tightness of the chest and difficulty
breathing, feeling faint or itchy skin. These
may be signs of an allergic reaction.
Other possible side effects:
Rare: may affect up to 1 in 1,000 people
• vomiting (being sick)
• abdominal pain
Not known: frequency cannot be
estimated from the available data
• nausea (feeling sick)
• diarrhoea and stomach pain
• skin rashes
• difficulty sleeping
• heartburn, tightness in the chest
• vaginal infection
• stiffness and joint pain
• kidney inflammation, which could cause
reduced urine output, cloudy or bloody
urine, swelling and pain
• temporary liver problems which could
cause dark urine, pale stools, fever,
yellowing of your eyes and skin
• temporary blood disorders which could
cause you to have more infections than
usual and can also make your skin pale
and cause weakness, breathlessness and
• sore tongue or mouth
CONTENTS OF THE PACK AND
What Cefradine Capsules contain
The active substance in your medicine is
cefradine anhydrous. Each capsule contains
either 250mg or 500mg of cefradine.
The capsules also contain the following
inactive ingredients: magnesium stearate
(E572), lactose monohydrate, titanium dioxide
(E171) and indigo carmine (E132). The
250mg capsule also contains yellow iron
oxide (E172) and erythrosin (E127).
What Cefradine Capsules look like and
contents of the pack
The 250mg strength capsules are blue and
orange in colour.
The 500mg strength capsules are light blue in
Cefradine 250mg and 500mg Capsules are
supplied in packs of 10, 20 or 100 capsules.
Not all pack sizes may be marketed.
Facta Farmaceutici S.p.A., Via Laurentina Km
24, 730, 00040 Pomezia, Roma, Italy.
Marketing Authorisation Holder
Athlone Pharmaceuticals Limited,
Ballymurray, Co. Roscommon, Ireland.
Kent Pharmaceuticals Limited, Repton Road,
Measham, DE12 7DT, U.K.
PL 30464/0086 and PL 30464/0087
This leaflet was last revised June 2016.
If you notice any side effects not mentioned in
this leaflet, or if you suffer from any of the
side effects listed please inform your doctor
Reporting of side effects
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor
or pharmacist. This includes any possible
side effects not listed in this leaflet. You can
also report side effects directly via the Yellow
Card Scheme website:
www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard. By reporting
side effects you can help provide more
information on the safety of this medicine.
ARTWORK FOR SUBMISSION
a type of sugar. If you have been told by your
doctor that you have an intolerance to some
sugars, contact your doctor before taking this
It is also used in the prevention of infections
following surgical procedures associated with
a high risk of infection.
Like all medicines, this medicine can cause
side effects, although not everybody gets
Proof No and Date: 1
Cefradine is an antibiotic and belongs to a
family of antibiotics called cephalosporins.
Cefradine capsules are used to treat a wide
range of bacterial infections including:
• laryngo-tracheo bronchitis
• ear infections (otitis media)
• chest infections (bronchitis or pneumonia)
• skin infections
• bladder, urethra (the tube which carries
urine from the bladder) and kidney
POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS
WHAT CEFRADINE IS AND
WHAT IT IS USED FOR
Item Code: CP.CFR.JNT.C.FT.V3P1
If you have any further questions on the use
of this medicine, ask your doctor, pharmacist
Do not use this medicine after the expiry date
shown on the pack your medicine came in.
Do not store above 25ºC.
KEEP OUT OF THE SIGHT AND REACH OF
Medicines should not be disposed of via
wastewater or household waste. Ask your
pharmacist how to dispose of medicines no
longer required. These measures will help to
protect the environment.
Dimensions: 140mm x 290mm
WHAT IS IN THIS LEAFLET
1. What Cefradine is and what it is used for
2. What you need to know before you take Cefradine
3. How to take Cefradine
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Cefradine
6. Contents of the pack and other information
If you stop taking Cefradine
Keep taking this medicine until it is finished or
your doctor tells you to stop. Do not stop
taking it just because you feel better.
HOW TO STORE CEFRADINE
Product: Cefradine 250mg & 500mg Capsules
Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start taking this medicine because it contains
important information for you.
• Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
• If you have further questions, please ask your doctor or your pharmacist.
• This medicine has been prescribed for you only. Do not pass it to others. It may harm
them even if their signs of illness are the same as yours.
• If you get any of the side effects, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. This includes any
possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. See section 4.
CEFRADINE 250mg AND 500mg CAPSULES
You should take this leaflet and any remaining
capsules with you to show the doctor.
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