What is Cedax?Cedax is a cephalosporin antibiotic used to treat mild to moderate bacterial infections of the throat, ear, and respiratory tract in children and adults. Cedax is also used to treat acute flare-ups of chronic bronchitis in adults.
What is the most important information I should know about Cedax?If you are allergic to either penicillin or cephalosporin antibiotics in any form, check with your doctor before taking Cedax. There is a possibility that you are allergic to both types of medication and if a reaction occurs, it could be extremely severe. If you take the drug and feel any signs of this reaction (symptoms include swelling of the face, lips, tongue, and throat; making it difficult to breathe), seek medical attention immediately.
It is also important to know that the Cedax Oral Suspension contains 1 gram of sucrose per teaspoon of suspension.
Who should not take Cedax?If you are sensitive to or have ever had an allergic reaction to Cedax, or other cephalosporins such as cephalexin, do not take this medication.
What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Cedax?Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Cedax. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have diabetes and are taking Cedax suspension; if you have a history of gastrointestinal disease such as inflammation of the large intestines (colitis); or if you have kidney disease.
What is the usual dosage?The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.
Adults: The usual dose is 400 milligrams (mg) taken once a day, usually for a duration of 10 days. If you have serious kidney problems, your doctor may prescribe a smaller dose.
Children: Cedax oral suspension is taken once daily, for a usual duration of 10 days. The usual dose is determined by the child's weight.
22 pounds: 1 teaspoon
44 pounds: 2 teaspoons
88 pounds: 4 teaspoons
Children weighing more than 100 pounds receive the adult dose. Cedax has not been tested for treatment in infants less than 6 months old.
How should I take Cedax?To make certain your infection is fully cleared up, take all the Cedax your doctor prescribes, even if you begin to feel better after the first few days.
Take Cedax suspension at least 2 hours before a meal or at least 1 hour after a meal. Remember to refrigerate the suspension and discard any unused medication after 14 days. Shake the suspension well.
What should I avoid while taking Cedax?Do not stop taking Cedax before you complete the full course of therapy because doing so may lead to new infections that are more difficult to treat.
What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Cedax?If Cedax is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Cedax with ranitidine.
What are the possible side effects of Cedax?Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.
Side effects in adults may include: diarrhea, headache, nausea, upset stomach
Side effects in children may include: diarrhea (especially in children under 2 years of age)
Can I receive Cedax if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?The effects of Cedax during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
What should I do if I miss a dose of Cedax?Take it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the dose you missed and go back to your regular schedule. Never take 2 doses at the same time.
How should I store Cedax?Store Cedax oral suspension in the refrigerator, and discard any unused portion after 14 days.
Store Cedax capsules at room temperature, away from moisture.