Carefully follow all directions given to you by your doctor or pharmacist.
They may differ from the information contained in this leaflet.
If you do not understand the instructions on the box, ask your doctor or pharmacist for help.
How much to take
Your doctor or pharmacist will tell you how much and how often you should take CIFRAN. This will depend on the type of infection you have.
The usual adult dosage for most infections is one tablet twice daily for 7 to 14 days. You may need to take your tablets for a longer period for some infections.
How to take it
Swallow the tablets whole with a full glass of water.
Avoid taking this medication at the same time as milk, yoghurt or other products that are high in calcium. These products will interfere with the absorption of CIFRANfrom the stomach.
However, if the milk, yoghurt or other high calcium products are ingredients of a meal, they will not interfere with CIFRANabsorption.
When to take it
CIFRANtablets are usually taken twice a day.
Take your tablets at the same time each day.
Taking it at the same time each day will have the best effect. It will also help you remember when to take it.
It does not matter if you take this medicine before or after food.
If you need to take an antacid, take it at least 2 hours before or 2 hours after your dose of CIFRAN.
How long to take it
The length of treatment may vary from 1 to 28 days or longer depending on the type of infection.
Continue taking CIFRANuntil you finish the pack or for as long as your doctor tells you.
Do not stop taking your tablets because you are feeling better.
If you do not complete the full course prescribed by your doctor, the infection may not clear completely or your symptoms may return.
Check with your doctor if you are not sure how long you should be taking it for.
If you forget to take it
If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the dose you missed and take your next dose when you are meant to.
Otherwise, take it as soon as you remember, and then go back to taking your tablets as you would normally.
Do not take a double dose to make up for the dose you missed.
This may increase the chance of you getting an unwanted side effect.
If you are not sure what to do, ask and 3 pm, or in the presence of not clear completely or it may your doctor or pharmacist. artificial ultraviolet (UV) light. return and be more difficult to treat.
If you have trouble remembering to take your medicine, ask your pharmacist for some hints.
If you take too much (overdose)
Immediately telephone your doctor or the Poisons Information Centre (telephone 13 11 26) for advice, or go to Accident and Emergency at the nearest hospital, if you think that you or anyone else may have taken too much CIFRAN.
Do this even if there are no signs of discomfort or poisoning.
You may need urgent medical attention.
Things you must do
If you are about to be started on any new medicine, remind your doctor and pharmacist that you are taking CIFRAN.
Tell any other doctors, dentists and pharmacists who treat you that you are taking this medicine.
If you are going to have surgery, tell the surgeon or anaesthetist that you are taking this medicine. It may affect other medicines used during surgery.
If you become pregnant while taking this medicine, tell your doctor immediately.
Drink plenty of water or fluids while taking this medicine.
This will help to prevent crystals forming in the urine which can cause kidney problems. However, this is not a common problem.
Protect your skin when you are in the sun, especially between 10 am CIFRANmay cause your skin to be much more sensitive to sunlight and UV light than it is normally. This may cause a skin rash, itching, redness, or a severe sunburn.
If outdoors, wear protective clothing and use a 15+ sunscreen. If your skin does appear to be burning, stop taking this medicine and tell your doctor.
If you get severe diarrhoea tell your doctor or pharmacist immediately. Do this even if it occurs several weeks after CIFRAN has been stopped.
Diarrhoea may mean that you have a serious condition affecting your bowel. You may need urgent medical care.
Do not take any anti-diarrhoea medicine without first checking with your doctor.
If you get a sore white mouth or tongue while taking or soon after stopping CIFRAN, tell your doctor. Also tell your doctor if you get vaginal itching or discharge.
This may mean you have a fungal infection called thrush. Sometimes the use of this medicine allows fungi to grow and the above symptoms to occur. CIFRANdoes not work against fungi.
Things you must not do
Do not use CIFRAN to treat anyother complaints unless your doctor tells you to.
Do not give your medicine to anyone else, even if they have the same condition as you.
Do not stop taking your medicine because you are feeling better, unless advised by your doctor.
If you do not complete the full course prescribed by your doctor, all of the bacteria causing your infection may not be killed. These bacteria may continue to grow and multiply so that your infection may
Things to be careful of
Be careful driving or operating machinery, until you know how CIFRAN affects you.
This medicine may cause dizziness, light-headedness or drowsiness in some people. If you have any of these symptoms, do not drive or operate machinery or do anything else that could be dangerous.
Be careful when drinking alcohol while you are taking this medicine.
If you drink alcohol, dizziness, lightheadedness or drowsiness may be worse.
Be careful when drinking beverages containing caffeine (e.g. coffee, cola drinks) while you are taking this medicine. CIFRANtablets may increase the stimulatory effects of caffeine.