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Cefixime

Prescription vs.OTC: Prescription by Doctor required

Cefixime is used to treat infections caused by bacteria. It works as an antibiotic by stopping the growth of bacteria and also killing it. It is used to treat infections such as bronchitis ( infection of the air tubes to the lungs), gonorrhea ( a sexually transmitted disease) and infections of ear, throat, tonsils etc. Cefixime only treats bacterial infections and doesn’t work for viral infections like flu. This medication comes in the form of chewable tablets and capsules.

Cefixime is used to treat infections caused by bacteria. It works as an antibiotic by stopping the growth of bacteria and also killing it. It is used to treat infections such as bronchitis ( infection of the air tubes to the lungs), gonorrhea ( a sexually transmitted disease) and infections of ear, throat, tonsils etc. Cefixime doesn’t work for viral infections like flu.

This medication comes in the form of chewable tablets and capsules. It is usually taken at intervals of 12 or 24 hours. It should be taken at the same time every day. If you miss a dose, it’s better to skip that dose if it’s already too late. Overdosing can cause harmful effects in your body.

It is important to check all the ingredients before the medication. It can help you avoid having allergic reactions later in case you are allergic to any of the ingredients. Notify you doctor about any prescribed drugs or dietary supplements that might be taking. Also, if you have any history of liver disease or kidney problems, it is best to get an approval from the doctor regarding the safety of this medication. This medication can be harmful to pregnant women. Hence if you are pregnant or planning to get pregnant soon, don’t take this medication.

Cefixime can cause certain side effects too. Some common side effects are: diarrhea, stomach pain, gas, heartburn, nausea and vomiting. These side effects usually go away on their own. But if these symptoms are severe, you should take medical help. However, some side effects can be serious and calls for immediate medical attention. These are : stomach cramps, rash, itching, hives, difficulty in breathing, wheezing, swelling of face ,tongue throat etc.

Cefixime should be stored in a tightly closed container. Store it at room temperature and away from excess heat. Keep them out of the reach of children.

Information given here is based on the salt and content of the medicine. Effect and uses of medicine may vary from person to person. It is advicable to consult a Internal Medicine Specialist before using this medicine.

Bacterial Meningitis

Cefixime is used in the treatment of meningitis, which is an inflammation of the protective membranes that surround the brain and spinal cord, caused by Streptococcus pneumoniae and Neisseria meningitidis.

Bacterial Septicemia

Cefixime is used in the treatment of septicemia which is an infection of the blood caused by Staphylococci and Streptococcus pyogenes.
Cefixime is used in the treatment of gonococcal infection which is a sexually transmitted bacterial infection caused by Neisseria gonorrhoeae.
Cefixime is used in the treatment of infections of the urinary tract caused by E.coli, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Enterococci and Klebsiella pneumoniae.
Cefixime is used in the treatment of community-acquired pneumonia which is a common type of lung infection caused by Streptococcus pneumoniae, and Haemophilus influenzae.

Bone and joint infections

Cefixime is used in the treatment of bone and joint infections like septic arthritis and osteomyelitis caused by Staphylococci and Streptococci species.

Skin and structure Infection

Cefixime is used in the treatment of Skin and structure infection like cellulitis, wound infection and cutaneous abscess caused by Streptococcus pyogenes and Staphylococcus aureus.
Avoid if the patient has a known allergy to Cefixime or any other Beta-lactam antibiotics like penicillins and cephalosporins.

Lidocaine

Cefixime is contraindicated if Lidocaine is used as a solvent for intravenous injection. Lidocaine can be used as a slovent for Intramuscular injection excluding contraindications.

Calcium-containing products

Cefixime is contraindicated in neonates who are on calcium-containing intravenous solutions or infusions such as parenteral nutrition because of the risk of precipitation of Cefixime and calcium.
In addition to its intended effect, Cefixime may cause some unwanted effects too. In such cases, you must seek medical attention immediately. This is not an exhaustive list of side effects. Please inform your doctor if you experience any adverse reaction to the medication.

Black or tarry stools

Major Common

Chest pain

Major Common

Fever

Major Common

Difficulty or painful urination

Major Common

Sore throat

Major Common

Diarrhea

Major Less Common

Abdominal pain

Major Rare

Dizziness

Major Rare

Swelling of face, lips, eyelids, tongue, hands and feet

Major Rare

Acid or sour stomach

Major Rare

Change in taste

Minor Rare

Excessive air or gas in stomach

Minor Rare

How long is the duration of effect?

It is excreted in urine and feces and the effect lasts for a duration of up to 20 to 36 hours.

What is the onset of action?

The peak effect of this medicine can be observed within 2 to 3 hours of administration via intramuscular injection.

Are there any pregnancy warnings?

Limited data is available on the use of Cefixime in pregnant women. Use only if clearly needed when benefits overweigh the risk.

Is it habit forming?

No habit forming tendency has been reported.

Are there any breast-feeding warnings?

This medicine can be taken by women who are breastfeeding. Small amounts of the Cefixime is excreted through human breast milk. Monitoring of undesired effects like diarrhea and thrush is necessary.

Are there any missed dose instructions?

The missed dose should be taken as soon possible. It is advisable to skip the missed dose if it's already time for your next scheduled dose.

Are there any overdose instructions?

Seek emergency medical treatment or contact the doctor in case of overdose.

India

United States

Japan

Below is the list of medicines, which contains Cefixime as ingredient
Biomax Biotechnics
Franklin Laboratories (India) Pvt. Ltd
Centaur Pharmaceuticals Pvt.Ltd
Alembic Ltd
Vega Laboratories Pvt. Ltd
Talent Healthcare
Wockhardt Ltd
Macleods Pharmaceuticals Pvt.Ltd
Hetero Healthcare Ltd
Megha Healthcare
Mankind Pharmaceuticals Ltd
Avis Life Care Pvt Ltd
Alkem Laboratories Ltd
Micro Labs Ltd
Abbott Healthcare Pvt. Ltd
Mankind Pharmaceuticals Ltd
Zydus Cadila
Cefixime belongs to the third generation cephalosporins. It works as a bactericidal by binding to the penicillin-binding proteins and inhibits the bacterial cell wall synthesis.
Whenever you take more than one medicine, or mix it with certain foods or beverages, you"re at risk of a drug interaction.

Interaction with Disease

Colitis

Moderate
Avoid taking this medicine if it leads to severe diarrhea, abdominal pain or blood in stools. Inform the doctor if you have any gastrointestinal diseases. Drink adequate amount of water to prevent dehydration.

Seizure disorders

Moderate
Use with caution if you have any seizure disorder or a family history of seizures. Discontinue if seizure is due to Cefixime. Start with appropriate Anticonvulsant medicine if it is clinically indicated.

Interaction with Alcohol

Alcohol

Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.

Interaction with Lab Test

Lab

Information not available.

Interaction with Food

Food

Information not available.

Interaction with Medicine

Cholera Vaccine

Major
Avoid cholera vaccine if the patient has taken Cefixime within 14 days before vaccination. Usage of other antibiotics and vaccines should be reported to the doctor.

Ethinyl Estradiol

Moderate
The desired effect of contraceptive pills will not be achieved if these medicines are taken together. Appropriate dose adjustments or replacement of the medicine should be made under the doctor's supervision.

Amikacin

Moderate
You may experience nausea or vomiting, increased or decreased urination, sudden weight gain, and fluid retention if these medicines are taken together. This interaction is more likely to occur if you have a kidney disease. Regular kidney function tests are to be performed and appropriate dose adjustments or replacement of the medicine should be made under the doctor's supervision.

Cyclosporine

Moderate
You may experience vomiting, diarrhea, dizziness and headache if these medicines are used together. Regular kidney function tests are to be performed and appropriate dose adjustments or replacement of the medicine should be made under the doctor's supervision.

Ques: What is Cefixime?

Ans: Cefixime is a salt which performs its action by preventing them from forming the bacterial protective covering (cell wall) which is essential for their development. Cefixime is used to treat conditions such as Urinary Tract Infection, Tonsillitis, Pharyngitis, and Bronchitis. It is also used to control ear infections, otitis media, fungal and Gonococcal infections.

Ques: What are the uses of Cefixime?

Ans: Cefixime is a medication, which is used for the treatment and prevention from conditions such as Urinary Tract Infection, Tonsillitis, Pharyngitis, and Bronchitis. Apart from these, it can also be used to treat conditions of Fungal and Gonococcal Infections. The patient should inform the doctor about any ongoing medications and treatment before using Cefixime to avoid undesirable effects. It is advised, not to use this medication in case of common cold and viral infections.

Ques: What are the Side Effects of Cefixime?

Ans: Cefixime is a medication which has some commonly reported side effects. Some of these side-effects may be serious. These are Diarrhea, Abdominal pain, Dark or clay-colored stools, Swelling of the face, lips, eyelids, tongue, hands, and feet, Dizziness, Acid or sour stomach, excessive gas in the stomach, Heartburn, Indigestion, Redness of the skin, Chest pain, Sore throat, and Unusual tiredness. If you experience any of the above-mentioned side effects, contact your doctor immediately. It is a list of possible side-effects which may occur due to the constituting ingredients of Cefixime.

Ques: What are the instructions for storage and disposal Cefixime?

Ans: Cefixime should be kept in a cool dry place and in its original pack. Make sure this medication remains unreachable to children and pets. The patient should consult a doctor for its further uses and side effects and should inform the doctor about any ongoing medications and treatment before using to avoid undesirable effects. It is a prescribed medication, therefore it is advised to use this medication with the consultation of the doctor. Proper disposal of the expired and unused medications is important to avoid health problems.
What are you using Cefixime for?
Other
Urinary Tract Infection
Bacterial Meningitis
Skin and structure Infection
Bacterial Septicemia
Bone and joint infections
Pneumonia
Gonococcal Infection
How much was the improvement?
Excellent
Poor
Average
How long did it take before seeing improvement?
Within 2 hours
More than 2 days
Within a day
Within 2 days
Within 6 hours
How frequently did you take this medicine?
Twice a day
Once a day
Not taking on daily level
Thrice a day
Four times A Day
How did you take this medicine?
With Food
With or without food
Empty stomach
What were the side effects of this medicine?
Other
Fever
Sore Throat
Diarrhea
Chest Pain
Abdominal Pain
Black or tarry stools
Dizziness
Difficulty or painful urination
Swelling of face
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Lybrate is a medium to provide our audience with the common information on medicines and does not guarantee its accuracy or exhaustiveness. Even if there is no mention of a warning for any drug or combination, it never means that we are claiming that the drug or combination is safe for consumption without any proper consultation with an expert.

Lybrate does not take responsibility for any aspect of medicines or treatments. If you have any doubts about your medication, we strongly recommend you to see a doctor immediately.

Popular Questions & Answers

I am suffering from vaginal infection. Can I take cefixime dispersible tablets 200 mg?

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Yes you can take this tablet, but also need to take candid Lotion or any prescribed ointment from your gynace for complete relief. For any further clinical assistance kindly revert back to me accordingly. Thanking You.
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About Cefixime
When is Cefixime prescribed?
What are the contraindications of Cefixime ?
What are the side effects of Cefixime ?
Key highlights of Cefixime
What are the dosage instructions?
Where is the Cefixime approved?
Medicines containing Cefixime
How does medicine works?
What are the interactions for Cefixime ?
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