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Altacef eye drops and eye ointment are used to treat bacterial eye infections. Eye infections
are a common cause of conjunctivitis. In conjunctivitis, your eye becomes inflamed, feels gritty, and
may water more than usual. The white of your eye may look red, and your eyelids can become swollen and
stuck together with a discharge when you wake up in the morning. Only one eye may be infected to begin
with, but it often spreads to both eyes.
Most cases of infective conjunctivitis clear within a few days without treatment. For more severe
infections, or for infections which do not clear on their own, an antibiotic eye drop or ointment such
as Altacef can be helpful.
Altacef works by helping to kill the bacteria which are causing the infection. It is available
on prescription. You can also buy the drops and the ointment from a pharmacy, without a prescription, if
it is for conjunctivitis in an adult or a child over 2 years of age. Do not use Altacef eye
drops or ointment for a child under 2 years old, unless it has been prescribed by a doctor.
Take this medication exactly as it was prescribed for you. Do not take the medication in larger
amounts, or take it for longer than recommended by your doctor. Follow the directions on your
You may take Altacef tablets with or without meals.
Altacef oral suspension (liquid) must be taken with food.
Shake the oral liquid well just before you measure a dose. To be sure you get the correct dose,
measure the liquid with a marked measuring spoon or medicine cup, not with a regular table spoon. If you
do not have a dose-measuring device, ask your pharmacist for one.
If you switch from using the tablet form to using the oral suspension (liquid) form of Altacef, you
may not need to use the same exact dosage in number of milligrams. The medication may not be as
effective unless you use the exact form and strength your doctor has prescribed.
Use this medication for the entire length of time prescribed by your doctor. Your symptoms may get
better before the infection is completely treated. Altacef will not treat a viral infection such as
the common cold or flu.
This medication can cause you to have false results with certain medical tests, including urine
glucose (sugar) tests. Tell any doctor who treats you that you are using Altacef.
Seek emergency medical attention if you think you have used too much of this medicine. Overdose
symptoms may include seizure (black-out or convulsions).
Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F) away from moisture and heat. Keep container tightly closed. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date. Keep out of the reach of children.