cefpodoxime proxetil, (Vantin, Banan [discontinued])

  • 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 Editor: Jay W. Marks, MD
    Jay W. Marks, MD

    Jay W. Marks, MD

    Jay W. Marks, MD, is a board-certified internist and gastroenterologist. He graduated from Yale University School of Medicine and trained in internal medicine and gastroenterology at UCLA/Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

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GENERIC NAME: cefpodoxime proxetil

DISCONTINUED BRAND (S): Vantin, Banan

PRESCRIPTION: Yes

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:

Side effects of cefpodoxime include:

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.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 1/19/2016

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