Cefpodoxime Proxetil is a broad spectrum antibiotics belonging to the class of cephalosporins. Cephalosporins are one of the major classes and sub group of beta lactam antibiotics derived from fungus Acremonium or cephalosporium. Cefpodoxime Proxetil belongs to the third generation cephalosporins and has a broad antimicrobial spectrum against gram positive and gram negative microorganisms. It is active against various bacterial pathogens mentioned below:
- Escherichia coli
- Staphylococcus aureus
- Streptococcus pneumonia
- Pseudomonas aeruginosa
- Bacteroides fragilis.
- Haemophilus influenza
- Klebsiella species and Enterobacter species
It is available in the form of oral solid dosage form i.e. tablets on our website. Cefpodoxime Proxetil has shown excellent therapeutic response with good patient compliance as it has favorable pharmacokinetic profile.
The ailments it is used for:
Cefpodoxime Proxetil is an antibiotic that helps in relieving bacterial infections. It is indicated in the following conditions:
- Acute otitis media
- Furunculosis and other skin structure infections
- Sexually transmitted diseases
- Community acquired pneumonia
- Urinary tract infections
- Uncomplicated skin and skin structure infections
Understanding the drug Cefpodoxime Proxetil:
How it works?
Cefpodoxime Proxetil is a beta lactam antibiotic and acts on specific penicillin binding protein and stops the formation of bacterial cell wall. It interferes with the later stages of bacterial cell wall, and disrupts the cross linking of the peptidoglycan structure. It has active role in the activation of bacterial cell autolysin process contributing bacterial cell lysis.
When should you avoid it?
You should not take Cefpodoxime Proxetil if you:
- Are allergic to Cefpodoxime Proxetil
- Breastfeeding a child
- Are pregnant or planning pregnancy
- Are suffering from kidney problems
- Have colitis
How much to take?
You should consume Cefpodoxime Proxetil as prescribed by your doctor. Do not consume it in smaller or higher quantities for a longer period of time than prescribed. It is up to doctor as he knows your complete health status. So, doctor will prescribe the best therapeutic dose depending upon your condition. The usual starting dose is 100 mg and can be increased or decreased depending upon the patient’s condition and demand. Take the medicine as instructed by the doctor.
200 mg (Pharyngitis/ tonsillitis)
One tablet after every 12 hours for 5 to 10 days
400 mg(acute community acquired pneumonia )
One tablet after every 12 hours for 14 days
400 mg (chronic bronchitis)
One tablet after every 12 hours for 10 days
200 mg ( urinary tract infections)
What are the strengths available?
Cefpodoxime Proxetil is available in the following strength preparation on our website:
- Cefoprox 100 mg
- Cefoprox 200 mg
Who is the manufacturer?
Cefoprox tablets are manufactured by Cipla Pharmaceuticals private limited, a well known pharmaceutical company and are available in the packs of 30, 60 and 90 tablets.
How to take it?
Tablets are meant to be taken with full glass of water. Swallow the oral tablets don’t crush or chew it. Take the medicine same time daily as it reduces the chances of missing a dose. Complete the full course of the treatment.
When to take?
Some medicines work best when taken on specific times. So, Doctor will decide and prescribe you when to take the medicine. Generally, Cefpodoxime Proxetil is taken after every 12 hours. Always take the medicine as prescribed by the doctor.
For how long should it be taken?
Continue to take the drug for as long as the doctor recommends. Complete full length of course religiously. Failure to complete the full dosage might result in a recurrence of the infection.
What if you take too much (overdose)?
Excess ingestion of the drug can cause toxicity. Consult your doctor if you experience any unusual signs and symptoms.
What if you miss the dose?
In case you forget to take the dose, skip the dose and take the next dose on the scheduled time and continue following it. Do not double up the dose to catch up with the missed one.
What are the side effects?
Every drug has some side effects some may experience or some may not. The side effects are different for each patient and depend upon the general health, disease state, age, weight and gender. Cefpodoxime Proxetil tablets show some common and serious side effects that are listed below:
- Stomach disturbances
- Stiffness of joints and muscles
- Mild Itching
- Skin rashes
- Swollen glands
- Watery or bloody diarrhea
- Fever, chills and hives
- Painful mouth and sores
- Swelling of your face, lips, tongue or throat
Are there any possible drug interactions?
It is important to have knowledge of the other drugs or nutritional supplements that may interact with the Cefpodoxime Proxetil tablets and has an ability to affect its activity doctor will give you the list of the drugs that may interact with Cefpodoxime Proxetil tablets. Following are the list of drugs:
- Ranitidine and other antacids
- Bacterial vaccines
- Estrogen and other hormonal birth control medicines
- Coumarin anticoagulants
What are the things to be taken care of?
- Always take the medicine as per prescription
- Don’t use the expired medicine
- Don’t share your medicine with anyone even if you find same signs and symptoms
- Elderly people may be sensitive to this drug as kidney function decreases with age and this medicine is excreted by kidneys only
- Cefpodoxime Proxetil stops the working of oral typhoid vaccine so avoid taking both the drugs together
- Always store the tablets in a cool and dark place