Cefpodoxime

Generic Name: Cefpodoxime

  • What is Cefpodoxime?

    Cefpodoxime is an antibiotic used to treat certain bacterial infections of the respiratory (lung), urinary, or genital tracts; and throat, tonsil, sinus, rectal, or skin infections. Cefpodoxime oral suspension can be used to treat acute otitis media in children. It may also be used to treat other bacterial infections, as determined by your doctor. Cefpodoxime is available in tablets and an oral suspension.

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

    Do not take cefpodoxime if you are allergic to it, any of its ingredients, or similar antibiotics (such as cefazolin, cefaclor, or cefotetan). If you are allergic to penicillin antibiotics, it is possible for you to have an allergic reaction to this medication. Tell your doctor immediately if you take cefpodoxime and feel signs of an allergic reaction (such as a rash, swelling, or difficulty breathing).

    Cefpodoxime can cause diarrhea or colitis (inflammation of the colon). This can occur a couple of months after taking the last dose of cefpodoxime. Tell your doctor immediately if you have diarrhea or colitis.

    Use cefpodoxime as prescribed by your doctor for the full course of treatment, even if symptoms improve earlier. Do not skip doses. Skipping doses or not completing the full course of cefpodoxime can decrease its effectiveness and can lead to the growth of bacteria that are resistant to the effects of cefpodoxime.

    Cefpodoxime oral suspension contains phenylalanine. Notify your doctor if you have a condition called phenylketonuria (an inability to process phenylalanine, a protein in your body).

  • Who should not take Cefpodoxime?

    Do not take cefpodoxime if you are allergic to it, any of its ingredients, or similar antibiotics.

    Do not take cefpodoxime to treat viral infections, such as the common cold.

  • What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Cefpodoxime?

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with cefpodoxime. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have allergies, kidney disease, or phenylketonuria.

  • 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.

    Tablets

    Adults ≥12 years: Your doctor will prescribe the appropriate dose and duration of treatment for you based on the type of your infection.

    Oral Suspension

    Adults ≥12 years: Your doctor will prescribe the appropriate dose and duration of treatment for you based on the type of your infection.

    Children 2 months-12 years: Your doctor will prescribe the appropriate dose and duration of treatment for your child, based on their weight and the type of infection.

    If you have kidney impairment, your doctor will adjust your dose appropriately.

  • How should I take Cefpodoxime?

    Take cefpodoxime exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Take cefpodoxime tablets with food. You can take cefpodoxime oral suspension on a full or empty stomach. Shake the suspension well before each use.

  • What should I avoid while taking Cefpodoxime?

    Do not take cefpodoxime with medicines that can cause kidney injury or damage.

  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Cefpodoxime?

    If cefpodoxime 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 cefpodoxime with any of the following: antacids (such as sodium bicarbonate and aluminum hydroxide), antihistamines (such as ranitidine), certain diuretics (water pills) (such as furosemide), medications that can cause kidney injury or damage, probenecid, or propantheline.

  • What are the possible side effects of Cefpodoxime?

    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 may include: abdominal pain, diarrhea, headache, injection-site reactions, nausea, rash, vaginal infection, vomiting

  • Can I receive Cefpodoxime if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    The effects of cefpodoxime during pregnancy are unknown. Cefpodoxime can be found in your breast milk if you take it during breastfeeding. 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 Cefpodoxime?

    If you miss a dose of cefpodoxime, 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 Cefpodoxime?

    Store at room temperature. Protect unit dose packs of tablets from moisture.

    After mixing, store cefpodoxime oral suspension in the refrigerator. Discard the unused portion after 14 days.