Biocef: What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?
You should talk to your healthcare provider prior to taking Biocef®
) if you:
- Have kidney disease or kidney failure.
- Are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant.
- Are breastfeeding.
- Will be having any surgery.
- Have any allergies. This includes allergies to Biocef, other cephalosporins -- such as Omnicef® (cefdinir) and Rocephin® (ceftriaxone) -- penicillin, and other types of antibiotics.
Also tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
Specific Precautions and Warnings With Biocef
Precautions and warnings to be aware of prior to taking Biocef include the following:
- Biocef can interact with certain medications (see Drug Interactions With Biocef).
- About 10 percent of people who are allergic to penicillins may also be allergic to Biocef. Therefore, let your healthcare provider know if you are allergic to penicillin. In addition, tell your healthcare provider if you develop:
- Unexplained rash
- Itchy skin
- Swelling of the throat
- Biocef is considered a pregnancy Category B medication. This means that it has not been studied in pregnant women. When studied in animals, however, Biocef showed no negative effects on the fetus. Discuss the safety of this drug with your healthcare provider before using Biocef.
- If you have severe kidney disease, your healthcare provider may either lower your dose of Biocef or not prescribe this medication at all.
- If you are nursing, Biocef does pass through breast milk. Therefore, it is recommended that you stop nursing while taking Biocef.
- Many antibiotics, including Biocef, have been known to cause pseudomembranous colitis (severe diarrhea) in some people. Contact your healthcare provider if you experience:
- Severe, watery diarrhea
- Blood in your stools
- Stomach pain
- Some people have been known to experience other infections while taking antibiotics. If you notice any unrelated symptoms, talk to your healthcare provider.
- Biocef is known to increase the chances of developing vaginal yeast infections.
- Never take outdated Biocef. Taking any outdated medication may cause serious problems because the intended effects often change after the medicine expires.