- What is cefpodoxime proxetil, and how does it work (mechanism of action)?
- Is cefpodoxime proxetil available as a generic drug?
- Do I need a prescription for cefpodoxime proxetil?
- What are the uses for cefpodoxime proxetil?
- Cefpodoxime proxetil side effects
- How do I take cefpodoximine proxetil (dosage)?
- Which drug or supplement interactions occur with this drug?
- What brand names are available for cefpodoxime proxetil?
- Is this medicine safe to take if I'm pregnant or breastfeeding?
- What else should I know about this medication?
What is cefpodoxime proxetil, and how does it work (mechanism of action)?
Cefpodoxime proxetil (Vantin, Banan) is an oral antibiotic prescription drug in the cephalosporin family of antibiotics.
The cephalosporin family includes:
Cefpodoxime proxetil is converted to cefpodoxime, its active form, in the body. Like other cephalosporins, cefpodoxime stops bacteria from multiplying by preventing bacteria from forming the walls that surround them. The walls are necessary to protect bacteria from their environment and to keep the contents of the bacterial cell together; most bacteria cannot survive without a cell wall. Cefpodoxime is active against a wide spectrum of bacteria such as Staphylococcus aureus, Streptococcus pneumoniae, Streptococcus pyogenes (the cause of strep throat), Streptococcus agalactiae, Hemophilus influenzae, Moraxella catarrhalis, E. coli, Klebsiella, Proteus mirabilis, Proteus vulgaris, Providencia rettgeri, Haemophilus parainfluenzae, and Neisseria gonorrhoeae.
Is cefpodoxime proxetil available as a generic drug?
Yes, this medication is available in generic form.
Do I need a prescription for this drug?
Yes, your doctor or health care professional will need to write you a prescription for this medicine.
What are the uses for cefpodoxime proxetil?
Cefpodoxime is effective for the medical treatment of these infections.
- Middle ear (otitis media)
- Throat (pharyngitis)
- Urinary tract infections
- Skin structure or skin infections caused by susceptible bacteria
Cefpodoxime proxetil side effects
Side effects include:
- Abdominal pain
- Skin rash
- Diaper rash
- Muscle pain
- Allergic reactions
- Vaginal infections
Cefpodoxime should be avoided by patients who are allergic to cephalosporin type antibiotics. Since this drug is chemically related to penicillin, some patients allergic to penicillin also may have an allergic reaction (sometimes even life-threatening anaphylaxis) to cefpodoxime.
Possible serious side effects.
Like other antibiotics, cefpodoxime 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 this type of colitis as a result of antibiotic treatment can have signs and symptoms of:
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