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Cefixime oral
CEFIXIME TABLETS - ORAL

Important Note

The following information is intended to supplement, not substitute for, the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacist or other healthcare professional. It should not be construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. Consult your healthcare professional before using this drug.

CEFIXIME TABLETS - ORAL

(seff-ICKS-eem)

COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Suprax

Uses

This medication is a cephalosporin-type antibiotic used to treat a wide variety of bacterial infections, such as respiratory tract infections, middle ear infections, skin infections, urinary tract infections, and tonsillitis.

How To Use

This medication may be taken without regard to meals. Antibiotics work best when the amount of medicine in your body is kept at a constant level. Do this by taking the medication at evenly spaced intervals throughout the day and night. Continue to take this medication until the full prescribed amount is finished even if symptoms disappear after a few days. Stopping the medication too early may allow bacteria to continue to grow resulting in a relapse of the infection. Certain infections can be treated with a single one-time dose. Follow directions carefully.

Side Effects

This medication may cause stomach upset, diarrhea, loss of appetite, nausea, or vomiting. Take with food or milk to minimize these effects. If they continue or become severe, inform your doctor promptly. Other side effects reported with this medication include headache, dizziness, fatigue, muscle aches and strange taste in the mouth. Inform your doctor if any of these effects occur. Unlikely to occur but report promptly: fever, easy bleeding or bruising, change in the amount of urine, seizures. An allergic reaction to this drug is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of an allergic reaction include: difficulty breathing, skin rash, hives, itching. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Precautions

Persons allergic to penicillin-type antibiotics should use this medication with caution. An allergy may exist to this as well. Use of this medication for prolonged or repeated periods may result in a secondary infection (e.g., oral, bladder or vaginal yeast infection). This drug should be used only if clearly needed during pregnancy. Since small amounts of this medication appear in breast milk, consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

Drug Interactions

Tell your doctor of all the prescription and nonprescription medication you use, especially: gout medicine (e.g., probenecid), carbamazepine. This drug may interfere with the effectiveness of birth control pills. Discuss using other methods of birth control with your doctor. Diabetics should be aware this medication may cause false positive urine glucose tests. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist about alternative way to monitor your sugar levels. Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.

Overdose

If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately. Symptoms of overdose may include muscle spasms and seizures.

Notes

This medication has been prescribed for your current condition only. Do not use it later for another infection or give it to someone else. A different medication may be necessary.

Missed Dose

If you should miss a dose, take it as soon as remembered unless it is almost time for the next dose. If it is nearly time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not "double-up" the dose.

Storage

Store at room temperature away from sunlight and moisture. Do not store in the bathroom.