Cedax

Generic Name: Ceftibuten

  • What is Cedax?

    Cedax is an antibiotic in a class called cephalosporins. It is used to treat different types of bacterial infections such as bronchitis (inflammation of the air passages within the lungs), ear infections, and tonsillitis (inflammation of the tonsils).

  • What is the most important information I should know about Cedax?

    If you are allergic or sensitive to penicillin or cephalosporin antibiotics, check with your doctor before taking Cedax. There is a possibility that you are allergic to both types of medications and if a reaction occurs, it could be extremely severe. Seek medical attention immediately if you experience swelling of the face, lips, tongue, and throat; difficulty breathing; or rash.

    Mild diarrhea is common with antibiotic use. However, a more serious form of diarrhea, although rare, may occur. Tell your doctor right away if you experience stomach pain or cramps, severe diarrhea, or bloody stools. Do not treat the diarrhea without first checking with your doctor.

    Cedax should only be used to treat bacterial infections; it will not treat viral infections, such as the common cold or flu.

    If you are diabetic, it is important to know that the Cedax oral suspension contains 1 gram of sucrose per teaspoon of liquid.

  • Who should not take Cedax?

    Do not take Cedax if you have had an allergic reaction or sensitivity to it, other cephalosporin antibiotics, or penicillins.

  • 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, colitis (inflammation of the colon), kidney problems, seizures, or any medication allergies.

  • 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 and children ≥12 years: The usual dose is 400 milligrams (mg) once a day for 10 days. If you have kidney problems, your doctor may prescribe a smaller dose.

    Children >6 months: Your doctor will prescribe the appropriate dose for your child, based on their weight.

  • How should I take Cedax?

    Take the full dose of Cedax scheduled, even if you are feeling better in a few days.

    Take Cedax suspension at least 2 hours before or 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; 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: abdominal pain, diarrhea, dizziness, headache, nausea, upset stomach

    Side effects in children may include: abdominal pain, diarrhea, vomiting

  • 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?

    If you miss a dose of Cedax, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and return to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take two doses at once.

  • How should I store Cedax?

    Store the oral suspension in the refrigerator, and discard any unused portion after 14 days.

    Store the capsules at room temperature, away from moisture.