GENERIC NAME: cefixime
BRAND NAME: Suprax
GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes
USES: Cefixime is effective for infections like:
- infection of the middle ear (otitis media),
- throat infections (pharyngitis),
- bronchitis, and
- pneumonia caused by susceptible bacteria.
It also is used for treating
- urinary tract infections,
- gonorrhea, and
- acute bacterial bronchitis in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
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.
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