Suprax

Generic Name: Cefixime

  • What is Suprax?

    Suprax, a cephalosporin antibiotic, is prescribed for bacterial infections of the lungs, ears, urinary tract, and throat. It is also used to treat uncomplicated gonorrhea.

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

    If you are allergic to either penicillin or cephalosporin antibiotics in any form, consult your doctor before taking Suprax. An allergy to either type of medication may signal an allergy to Suprax, and if a reaction occurs, it could be extremely severe. If you take the drug and feel signs of a reaction, seek medical attention immediately.

    Antibacterial drugs, including Suprax, should only be used to treat bacterial infections. They do not treat viral infections, such as the common cold.

    Although it is common to feel better early in the course of therapy, the medication should be taken exactly as directed. Skipping doses or not completing the full course of therapy may decrease the effectiveness of the immediate treatment and increase the likelihood that bacteria will develop resistance and will not be treatable by Suprax or other antibacterial drugs in the future.

    Pseudomembranous colitis (an infection of the colon resulting in diarrhea) has been reported with nearly all antibacterial agents, including Suprax, and may range in severity from mild to life-threatening. Therefore, it is important to tell your doctor if you experience diarrhea during or after treatment with Suprax.

  • Who should not take Suprax?

    Do not take Suprax if you are sensitive to, or have ever had, an allergic reaction to the drug or to other cephalosporin antibiotics.

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

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Suprax. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have kidney or liver disease, a history of stomach or intestinal disease such as colitis (inflammation of the large intestine), or if you have ever had an allergic reaction to another cephalosporin or penicillin.

  • 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.

    Infections Other Than Gonorrhea
    Adults and children >12 years or >110 pounds: The usual dose is 400 milligrams (mg) daily. If you have kidney disease, the dose may be lower.

    Children >6 months-12 years: The usual dose is 8 mg of liquid per 2.2 pounds of body weight per day. This may be given as a single dose or in two half-doses every 12 hours. Children weighing >110 pounds or >12 years of age should be treated with an adult dose.

    If your child has a middle ear infection (otitis media), your doctor will probably prescribe Suprax suspension. The tablet form is less effective against this type of infection.

    Uncomplicated Gonorrhea
    Adults:
    A single 400-mg dose is usually prescribed.

  • How should I take Suprax?

    Suprax can be taken with or without food. If Suprax causes stomach upset, take it with meals.

    If you are taking the liquid form of Suprax, use a specially marked measuring spoon to measure each dose accurately. Shake well before using.

    Finish taking all of your medication even if you are feeling better, in order to obtain the maximum benefit.

  • What should I avoid while taking Suprax?

    Repeated use of Suprax may result in an overgrowth of bacteria that do not respond to Suprax and can cause a secondary infection. Do not save Suprax for use at another time.

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

    If Suprax 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 Suprax with carbamazepine or blood thinners such as warfarin.

  • What are the possible side effects of Suprax?

    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, gas, indigestion, loose stools, mild diarrhea, nausea, vomiting

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

    The effects of Suprax 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 Suprax?

    If you are taking Suprax once a day and you forget to take a dose, take it as soon as you remember. Wait at least 10-12 hours before taking your next dose, then return to your regular schedule.

    If you are taking Suprax two times a day and you forget to take a dose, take it as soon as you remember and take your next dose 5-6 hours later. Then go back to your regular schedule.

    If you are taking Suprax three times a day and you forget to take a dose, take it as soon as you remember and take your next dose 2-4 hours later. Then return to your regular schedule.

  • How should I store Suprax?

    Suprax liquid may be kept for 14 days, either at room temperature or in the refrigerator. Keep the bottle tightly closed. Discard any unused liquid after 14 days.

    Suprax tablets should be kept at room temperature.

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