• Patients who have experienced allergic responses to penicillin are at the highest risk of cephalosporin sensitivity since the drugs have very similar chemical arrangements. (wisegeek.com)
  • This, however, should be viewed in the light of recent epidemiological work suggesting, for many second-generation (or later) cephalosporins, the cross-reactivity rate with penicillin is much lower, having no significantly increased risk of reactivity over the first generation based on the studies examined. (wikipedia.org)
  • A doctor may prescribe cephalosporin in the form of a dissolving oral tablet, gel capsule, or liquid solution. (wisegeek.com)
  • Thus, consumption of alcohol after taking Cephalosporin orally or intravenously is contraindicated, and in severe cases can lead to death. (wikipedia.org)
  • First-generation cephalosporins are active predominantly against Gram-positive bacteria, and successive generations have increased activity against Gram-negative bacteria (albeit often with reduced activity against Gram-positive organisms). (wikipedia.org)
  • The cephalosporins (and other β-lactams) have the ability to kill bacteria by inhibiting essential steps in the bacterial cell wall synthesis which in the end results in osmotic lysis and death of the bacterial cell. (wikipedia.org)
  • The most common cephalosporin side effects include stomach upset, abdominal cramps, nausea, and low-grade fever. (wisegeek.com)
  • Common adverse drug reactions (ADRs) (≥ 1% of patients) associated with the cephalosporin therapy include: diarrhea, nausea, rash, electrolyte disturbances, and pain and inflammation at injection site. (wikipedia.org)
  • The core of the basic cephalosporin molecule consists of a two ring system which includes a β-lactam ring condensed with dihydrothiazine ring. (wikipedia.org)