cefixime (Suprax)

  • Pharmacy Author:
    Omudhome Ogbru, PharmD

    Dr. Ogbru received his Doctorate in Pharmacy from the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy in 1995. He completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at the University of Arizona/University Medical Center in 1996. He was a Professor of Pharmacy Practice and a Regional Clerkship Coordinator for the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy from 1996-99.

  • Medical and Pharmacy Editor: Charles Patrick Davis, MD, PhD
    Charles Patrick Davis, MD, PhD

    Charles Patrick Davis, MD, PhD

    Dr. Charles "Pat" Davis, MD, PhD, is a board certified Emergency Medicine doctor who currently practices as a consultant and staff member for hospitals. He has a PhD in Microbiology (UT at Austin), and the MD (Univ. Texas Medical Branch, Galveston). He is a Clinical Professor (retired) in the Division of Emergency Medicine, UT Health Science Center at San Antonio, and has been the Chief of Emergency Medicine at UT Medical Branch and at UTHSCSA with over 250 publications.

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GENERIC NAME: cefixime

BRAND NAME: Suprax

PRESCRIPTION: Yes

GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes

USES: Cefixime is effective for infections like:

It also is used for treating

SIDE EFFECTS: Common side effects of cefixime include:

Other side effects include:

MORE SERIOUS SIDE EFFECTS: Cefixime should be avoided by patients with a known allergy to cephalosporin type antibiotics. Since cefixime is chemically related to penicillin, an occasional patient can have an allergic reaction (sometimes even life-threatening anaphylaxis) to both medications.

Like most antibiotics cefixime may cause a condition called pseudomembranous colitis, a potentially serious bacterial infection of the colon caused by a bacterium called Clostridium difficile (C. difficile colitis). Patients who develop pseudomembranous colitis as a result of antibiotic treatment can experience diarrhea, abdominal pain, fever, and sometimes even shock.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/29/2016

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