Altacef 1.5 GM Injection

Manufacturer: Glenmark Pharmaceuticals Ltd
Medicine composition: Cefuroxime
Prescription vs OTC: Prescription by Doctor not required

An antibiotic drug Altacef 1.5 GM Injection is a part of the class of medicines called cephalosporin. This broad spectrum antibiotic cures wide variety of infections that are caused by bacteria. It is used in the treatment of conditions such as acute or chronic bronchitis, tonsillitis, Lyme disease, Chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, pneumonia, laryngitis, sinusitis and urinary tract infections. This medication also treats bacterial infections of the throat, cervix, pelvis, urethra, skin, middle ear and nasal passage.

Altacef 1.5 GM Injection creates a hostile environment for the bacteria to survive. It damages the cell walls of bacteria, prevents the growth of bacteria and therefore eliminates the bacterial infection.

Altacef 1.5 GM Injection intervenes in the bacteria’s process of forming cell walls. The cell walls of the bacteria are essential for their survival. It protect the contents of the cell from leaking out. This antibiotic damages the bond that keeps the cell wall in one piece. Therefore, Altacef 1.5 GM Injection causes holes to appear in the cell wall, making it impossible for the bacteria to survive. In this way, by destroying bacteria and inhibiting the reproduction of bacterial cells, the antibiotic is effective in eliminating bacterial infections.

It is possible to overdose on this medication. The risk of side effects increases if you take this medication while suffering from conditions like liver disorders, kidney problems, heart conditions, allergies, gastrointestinal diseases, phenylketonuria and diarrhea caused by Clostridium difficile. Do not take this medication if you are pregnant or a breastfeeding woman. Consult your doctor if you have any of the conditions mentioned above.

The common side effects of Altacef 1.5 GM Injection include nausea, headaches, dizziness, vomiting, rashes, fever, chills, muscle aches and diarrhea. These side effects might resolve themselves within a few days. Some of the major side effects that could occur are severe stomach aches, mood swings, fatigue, jaundiced eyes or skin, yeast infection, inflammation of the bowels, bloody stools and dark urine. Contact your doctor as soon as you detect any of these side effects. You could have an allergic reaction from taking Altacef 1.5 GM Injection. An allergy to this antibiotic will result in symptoms such as hives, rashes, swelling of the tongue, throat, face, hands or feet, itchiness and difficulty in breathing. If you experience any of these symptoms, you should discontinue the usage of this drug and contact a medical health professional immediately.

  • Cystitis

    Altacef 1.5 GM Injection is used to cure cystitis which is a bladder infection caused by E.coli, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Enterococci and Klebsiella pneumoniae.
  • Pyelonephritis

    This medication helps in treating Pyelonephritis which is a type of kidney infection caused by E.coli, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Enterococci and Klebsiella pneumoniae.
  • Nongonococcal Urethritis

    Altacef 1.5 GM Injection treats Nongonococcal Urethritis which is an inflammation of urethra caused by E.coli, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and Klebsiella.
  • Skin And Structure Infection

    Altacef 1.5 GM Injection cures Skin and Structure infection like cellulitis, wound infection and cutaneous abscess caused by Streptococcus pyogenes and Staphylococcus aureus.
  • Pneumonia

    Altacef 1.5 GM Injection is used to cure Community-Acquired Pneumonia which is a most common type of lung infection caused by Streptococcus pneumoniae, Haemophilus influenzae.
  • Bronchitis

    Altacef 1.5 GM Injection is used to treat bronchitis which is an inflammation in lungs caused by Streptococcus pneumoniae, Haemophilus influenzae, and some Mycoplasma Pneumonia.
  • Inhalation Anthrax

    This medication treats anthrax which is a rare but serious bacterial illness caused by Bacillus anthracis.
  • Plague

    Altacef 1.5 GM Injection cures Plague which is a serious bacterial illness caused by Yersinia pestis.
  • Allergy

    Altacef 1.5 GM Injection should not be used by the patient if he has a known history of allergy to medicines belonging to this medication or any other medication belonging to fluoroquinolones.
  • Tendinitis Or Tendon Rupture

    Do not take this medication if you have a past history of tendinitis or tendon rupture after using Altacef 1.5 GM Injection.
  • Myasthenia Gravis

    Avoid taking this medication if you have a past or family history of suffering from Myasthenia Gravis (weakness and rapid fatigue of muscles under voluntary control).
  • How long is the duration of effect?

    The effect of this medication lasts for a duration of 8 hours.
  • What is the onset of action?

    The effect of Altacef 1.5 GM Injection can be observed within 1 to 2 hours of administration of the dose.
  • Are there any pregnancy warnings?

    Pregnant women should not use this medication. Consult your doctor before using this medication. Potential benefits and risks involved should be given due consideration before administration.
  • Is it habit forming?

    No, it does not contain habit forming tendencies.
  • Are there any breast-feeding warnings?

    Women who are breastfeeding should not use this medication as it can cause side effects for the baby. Consult your doctor before taking this medication. Avoid breastfeeding for about 3 to 4 hours to decrease the infant's risk exposure. Monitoring of undesired effects like diarrhea, diaper rash is necessary.

Below is the list of medicines, which have the same composition, strength and form as Altacef 1.5 GM Injection , and hence can be used as its substitute.

  • Are there any missed dose instructions?

    Missed dose should be taken as soon as you remember. A dose should be skipped if the time of the second scheduled dose is near.
  • Are there any overdose instructions?

    Doctor consultation is recommended if an overdose is suspected. Immediate medical attention may be needed in such situation.

Belonging to the second generation cephalosporins, Altacef 1.5 GM Injection works as a bactericidal by inhibiting the bacterial cell wall synthesis by binding to the penicillin binding proteins which would inhibit the growth and multiplication of bacteria.

Whenever you take more than one medicine, or mix it with certain foods or beverages, you"re at risk of a drug interaction.

  • Interaction with Alcohol


    This medication do not interact with alcohol. Doctor consultation is recommended.
  • Interaction with Medicine


    This medication is known to interact with Amikacin, Chloramphenicol, Ethinyl Estradiol, Cholera Vaccine and Furosemide.
  • Interaction with Disease


    This medication should be used with caution in patients suffering from Gastrointestinal Disorders, Liver Disease, Seizure disorders and Impaired kidney function.
  • Interaction with Food


    Information not available
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About Altacef 1.5 GM Injection
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