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What is this medicine?
CEFPODOXIME is a cephalosporin antibiotic. It treats many kinds of infections, including those of the respiratory tract, skin, and ears
What should my health care professional know before I take this medicine?
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
- bleeding problems
- bowel disease, like colitis
- kidney disease
- other chronic illness
- an unusual or allergic reaction to cefpodoxime, other cephalosporin antibiotics, penicillin, penicillamine, other foods, dyes or preservatives
- pregnant or trying to get pregnant
How should I take this medicine?
Take this medicine by mouth with a full glass of water. Take with food. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed. Take all of your medicine as directed even if you think you are better. Do not skip doses or stop your medicine early.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.
Overdosage: If you think you have taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once.
NOTE: This medicine is only for you. Do not share this medicine with others.
What if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses. There should be an interval of at least 12 hours between doses.
What may interact with this medicine?
- medicines for stomach acid or ulcer like cimetidine, famotidine, lansoprazole, nizatidine, omeprazole, ranitidine
- sodium bicarbonate
Tell your prescriber or health care professional about all other medicines you are taking, including nonprescription medicines, nutritional supplements, or herbal products. Also tell your prescriber or health care professional if you are a frequent user of drinks with caffeine or alcohol, if you smoke, or if you use illegal drugs. These may affect the way your medicine works. Check with your health care professional before stopping or starting any of your medicines.
What should I watch for while taking this medicine?
Tell your doctor or health care professional if your symptoms do not improve or if you get new symptoms.
Do not treat diarrhea with over the counter products. Contact your doctor if you have diarrhea that lasts more than 2 days or if it is severe and watery.
What side effects may I notice from this medicine?
Side effects that you should report to your prescriber or health care professional as soon as possible:
- allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
- breathing problems
- confused, nervous, shaky
- fast, irregular heartbeat
- redness, blistering, peeling or loosening of the skin, including inside the mouth
- unusually weak or tired
- vaginal irritation, discharge
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your prescriber or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
- dizzy, drowsy
- dry mouth
- joint or muscle pain
- stomach upset, gas
- trouble sleeping
This list may not describe all possible side effects.
Where can I keep my medicine?
Keep out of the reach of children in a container that small children cannot open.
Store the dry granules for suspension at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). After mixing the suspension store in a refrigerator between 2 and 8 degrees C (36 and 46 degrees F); do not freeze. Throw away unused portion after fourteen days.