CEFIXIME (Suprax®) is a cephalosporin antibiotic. It treats many kinds of infections, including those of the respiratory tract, sinuses, ears, and urinary tract. Cefixime also treats some sexually transmitted disease. Generic cefixime tablets are not yet available.
What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?
They need to know if you have any of these conditions: • bleeding problems • diarrhea • kidney disease • stomach or intestinal problems (especially colitis) • other chronic illness • an unusual or allergic reaction to cefixime, other cephalosporin antibiotics, penicillin, penicillamine, other foods, dyes or preservatives • pregnant or trying to get pregnant • breast-feeding
How should I take this medicine?
Take cefixime tablets by mouth. Follow the directions on the prescription label. You can take cefixime with or without food. If cefixime upsets your stomach it may help to take it with food. Take your doses at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed. Finish the full course prescribed by your prescriber or health care professional even if you think your condition is better. Do not stop taking except on your prescriber's advice.
Contact your pediatrician or health care professional regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.
What if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses. There should be an interval of at least 10 to 12 hours between doses.
What drug(s) may interact with cefixime?
• aspirin and aspirin-like medicines • probenecid
Tell your prescriber or health care professional about all other medicines you are taking, including non-prescription medicines, nutritional supplements, or herbal products. Also tell your prescriber or health care professional if you are a frequent user of drinks with caffeine or alcohol, if you smoke, or if you use illegal drugs. These may affect the way your medicine works. Check with your health care professional before stopping or starting any of your medicines.
What side effects may I notice from taking cefixime?
Side effects that you should report to your prescriber or health care professional as soon as possible: • difficulty breathing, wheezing • dizziness • fever or chills, sore throat • pain or difficulty passing urine • redness, blistering, peeling or loosening of the skin, including inside the mouth • seizures (convulsions) • severe or watery diarrhea • skin rash, itching • stomach pain or cramps • swollen joints • unusual bleeding or bruising • unusual weakness or tiredness
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your prescriber or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome): • diarrhea • gas or heartburn • genital and anal irritation • headache • loss of appetite • nausea, vomiting Let your prescriber or health care professional know about these side effects, if they do not go away or if they annoy you.
What should I watch for while taking cefixime?
Tell your prescriber or health care professional if your symptoms do not begin to improve in a few days.
If you are diabetic you may get a false-positive result for sugar in your urine. Check with your prescriber or health care professional before you change your diet or the dose of your diabetic medicine.
If you get severe or watery diarrhea, do not treat yourself. Call your prescriber or health care professional for advice.
If you are being treated for a sexually transmitted disease, avoid sexual contact until you have finished your treatment. Having sex can infect your sexual partner.
Where can I keep my medicine?
Keep out of the reach of children in a container that small children cannot open.
Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.