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Ceftibuten dihydrate 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.





This medication is a cephalosporin antibiotic used to treat a wide variety of bacterial infections.

How To Use

Take this medication by mouth as directed usually once a day for 10 days. This is best taken on an empty stomach at least one hour before or two hours after a meal. Antibiotics work best when the amount of medicine in your body is kept at a constant level. Therefore take this drug at the same time each day. 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.

Side Effects

Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, dizziness or headache may occur. If these symptoms continue or become severe, inform your doctor promptly. Unlikely to occur but report promptly: fever, easy bleeding or bruising, personality changes, black stools, skin changes, joint pain, yellowing of skin or eyes, dark urine, a 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.


Before taking this, tell your doctor your medical history, especially of: kidney disease, stomach or intestinal disorders, colitis, allergies (especially to penicillins, cephalosporins, other antibiotics). Use caution driving or operating machinery if this makes you dizzy. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant before taking this drug. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor. It is unknown if this drug is excreted into breast milk. Consult with your doctor before breast-feeding.

Drug Interactions

Tell your doctor of any nonprescription or prescription medication you may take. This drug may interfere with the effectiveness of birth control pills. Discuss using other methods of birth control with your doctor. This drug may cause false positive results in tests for sugar in the urine. Diabetics should use TesTape rather than Clinitest tablets to test for sugar while using this medication. Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.


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


This 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 miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember. If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not "double-up" the dose to catch up.


Store at room temperature between 36 and 77 degrees F (2 to 25 degrees C) away from heat and light as directed. Do not store in the bathroom.