Proper Use

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Loracarbef should be taken at least 1 hour before or at least 2 hours after meals.

To help clear up your infection completely, keep taking loracarbef for the full time of treatment, even if you begin to feel better after a few days. If you have a ``strep'' infection, you should keep taking this medicine for at least 10 days. This is especially important in ``strep'' infections. Serious heart problems could develop later if your infection is not cleared up completely. Also, if you stop taking this medicine too soon, your symptoms may return.

This medicine works best when there is a constant amount in the blood or urine. To help keep the amount constant, do not miss any doses. Also, it is best to take the doses at evenly spaced times, day and night. If this interferes with your sleep or other daily activities, or if you need help in planning the best times to take your medicine, check with your health care professional.

Dosing

The dose of this medicine will be different for different patients. Follow your doctor's orders or the directions on the label. The following information includes only the average doses of this medicine. If your dose is different, do not change it unless your doctor tells you to do so.

The amount of medicine that you take depends on the strength of the medicine. Also, the number of doses you take each day, the time allowed between doses, and the length of time you take the medicine depend on the medical problem for which you are using the medicine.

  • For oral dosage forms (capsules or oral suspension):
    • For bronchitis:
      • Adults and children 13 years of age and older—200 to 400 milligrams (mg) every twelve hours for seven days.
      • Children 6 months to 12 years of age—Use and dose to be determined by your doctor.
    • For otitis media (ear infection):
      • Children 6 months to 12 years of age—Dose is based on body weight and must be determined by your doctor.
    • For pneumonia:
      • Adults and children 13 years of age and older—400 mg every twelve hours for fourteen days.
      • Children 6 months to 12 years of age—Use and dose to be determined by your doctor.
    • For sinusitis:
      • Adults and children 13 years of age and older—400 mg every twelve hours for ten days.
      • Children 6 months to 12 years of age—Use and dose to be determined by your doctor.
    • For skin and soft tissue infections:
      • Adults and children 13 years of age and older—200 mg every twelve hours for seven days.
      • Children 6 months to 12 years of age—Dose is based on body weight and must be determined by your doctor.
    • For streptococcal pharyngitis (``strep throat''):
      • Adults and children 13 years of age and older—200 mg every twelve hours for ten days.
      • Children 6 months to 12 years of age—Dose is based on body weight and must be determined by your doctor.
    • For urinary tract infections:
      • Adults and children 13 years of age and older—200 to 400 mg every twelve to twenty-four hours for seven to fourteen days.
      • Children 6 months to 12 years of age—Use and dose to be determined by your doctor.

Missed Dose

If you miss a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double doses.

Storage

Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light. Keep from freezing.

Keep out of the reach of children.

Do not keep outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed.