GENERIC NAME: cefpodoxime proxetil
DISCONTINUED BRAND (S): Vantin, Banan
GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes
USES: Cefpodoxime is effective for infections of the middle ear (otitis media), tonsillitis, throat infections (pharyngitis), laryngitis, sinusitis, pneumonia, urinary tract infections, and skin or skin structure infections caused by susceptible bacteria. It also is used for treating urinary tract infections and gonorrhea as well as acute and chronic bacterial bronchitis in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
Side effects of cefpodoxime include:
- abdominal pain
- skin rash
- muscle pain
- allergic reactions
Cefpodoxime should be avoided by patients who are allergic to cephalosporin type antibiotics. Since cefpodoxime is chemically related to penicillin, some patients allergic to penicillin may also have an allergic reaction (sometimes even life-threatening anaphylaxis) to cefpodoxime.
Possible serious side effects of cefpodoxime include:
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 C. difficile colitis as a result of antibiotic treatment can experience diarrhea, abdominal pain, fever, and sometimes even shock.
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