Brand Name Auro-Cefixime Common Name cefixime
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How does this medication work? What will it do for me?
Cefixime is an antibiotic that belongs to the family of medications known as cephalosporins. It is used to treat certain types of bacterial infections. It is most commonly used to treat gonorrhea as well as infections of the ear, sinus, bladder, throat, and lung.
How should I use this medication?
The recommended adult dose of cefixime is 400 mg taken once a day.
The recommended children's dose is 8 mg per kilogram of body weight taken once daily. Children weighing more than 50 kg or who are older than 12 years should be treated with the recommended adult dose.
Use an oral syringe or a medication spoon to measure each dose of the liquid. These devices give a more accurate measurement than household teaspoons.. Shake the medication well before measuring each dose.
Finish all of this medication, even you start to feel better. This will reduce the chance of the infection returning.
Many things can affect the dose of a medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are taking the medication without consulting your doctor.
It is important to take this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you miss a dose, take it as soon as possible and continue with your regular schedule. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
Store the tablet form of this medication at room temperature and keep it out of the reach of children. Cefixime liquid is good for 14 days at room temperature or refrigerated. Any leftover liquid should be discarded after 14 days.
What form(s) does this medication come in?
Each white-to-off-white, film-coated, capsule-shaped, bevelled-edged tablet debossed with "E" and a break line on one side and "8" and "7" separated by a break line on the other side, contains cefixime 400 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: calcium hydrogen phosphate anhydrous (Calipharm A), starch pregelatinised (Starch 1500), hydroxypropyl cellulose (Klucel LF), cellulose microcrystalline (Avicel PH-112), and magnesium stearate; coating: polyvinyl alcohol, titanium dioxide, talc, lecithin (soya), and xanthan gum.
Who should NOT take this medication?
Do not take this medication if you:
- are allergic to cefixime or any of the ingredients of the medication
- are allergic to any of the cephalosporin antibiotics
People allergic to penicillin should take this medication with caution as they have an increased risk of being allergic to cephalosporin antibiotics.
What side effects are possible with this medication?
- diarrhea (mild)
- mild diarrhea
- mild stomach cramps
Although most of these side effects listed below don't happen very often, they could lead to serious problems if you do not check seek medical attention.
Check with your doctor as soon as possible if any of the following side effects occur:
- severe abdominal or stomach cramps and pain
- skin rash, itching, redness, or swelling
- vaginal itching or discharge
Stop taking the medication and seek immediate medical attention if any of the following occur:
- diarrhea (watery and severe; may also be bloody)
- fever that appears after starting the antibiotic
- signs of a serious allergic reaction (e.g., abdominal cramps, difficulty breathing, nausea and vomiting, or swelling of the face and throat)
- signs of a severe skin reaction (e.g., blistering, peeling, a rash covering a large area of the body, a rash that spreads quickly, or a rash combined with fever or discomfort)
- signs of hemolytic anemia (e.g., fatigue, yellowing of the eyes or skin, dark urine, pale skin)
Are there any other precautions or warnings for this medication?
Allergy: Before starting treatment with cefixime, make sure you tell your doctor about any adverse reactions you have had to medications, especially cefixime, cephalosporins, and penicillins. Some people who are allergic to penicillin may also be allergic to cephalosporins such as cefixime. If you have an allergic reaction, contact your doctor.
Antibiotic-associated colitis: This medication, like other antibiotics, may cause a potentially dangerous condition called antibiotic-associated colitis (or pseudomembranous colitis). Symptoms include severe, watery diarrhea that may be bloody. If you notice these symptoms, stop taking cefixime and contact your doctor as soon as possible.
Hemolytic anemia: Rarely, cefixime causes a condition where red blood cells are destroyed before the end of the cells' normal lifespan. This condition is called hemolytic anemia, which can cause severe health complications. People who have had hemolytic anemia before may be more likely to experience hemolytic anemia caused by cefixime. If you notice symptoms of hemolytic anemia such as unusual fatigue, yellowing of the eyes or skin, dark urine, or pale skin, contact your doctor immediately.
Kidney function: Kidney disease or reduced kidney function may cause this medication to build up in the body, causing side effects. Cefixime may also cause decreased kidney function and, in rare instances, kidney failure. If you have reduced kidney function or kidney disease, discuss with your doctor how this medication may affect your medical condition, how your medical condition may affect the dosing and effectiveness of this medication, and whether any special monitoring is needed.
Overgrowth of organisms: Prolonged or repeated use of cefixime may result in an overgrowth of bacteria or fungi and organisms that are not killed by the medication. This can cause other infections, such as yeast infections, to develop.
Seizures: This medication, like other cephalosporins, may contribute to seizures. This appears to be more likely when kidney function is reduced, causing increased amounts of cefixime to build up in the body. If you have a history of seizure disorders or decreased kidney function, discuss with your doctor how this medication may affect your medical condition, how your medical condition may affect the dosing and effectiveness of this medication, and whether any special monitoring is needed.
Pregnancy: It is not known if cefixime is safe for use during pregnancy. This medication should not be used during pregnancy unless the benefits outweigh the risks. If you become pregnant while taking this medication, contact your doctor immediately.
Breast-feeding: It is not known if cefixime passes into breast milk. If you are a breast-feeding mother and are taking this medication, it may affect your baby. Talk to your doctor about whether you should continue breast-feeding.
Children: The safety and effectiveness of using this medication have not been established for children less than 6 months old.
What other drugs could interact with this medication?
There may be an interaction between cefixime and any of the following:
- aminoglycoside antibiotics (e.g., amikacin, gentamicin, tobramycin)
- bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG) vaccine
- sodium picosulfate
- typhoid vaccine
- stop taking one of the medications,
- change one of the medications to another,
- change how you are taking one or both of the medications, or
- leave everything as is.
Medications other than those listed above may interact with this medication. Tell your doctor or prescriber about all prescription, over-the-counter (non-prescription), and herbal medications you are taking. Also tell them about any supplements you take. Since caffeine, alcohol, the nicotine from cigarettes, or street drugs can affect the action of many medications, you should let your prescriber know if you use them.
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