Cefixime is a cephalosporin antibiotic. It works by fighting bacteria in your body.
Cefixime is used to treat many different types of infections caused by bacteria.
Cefixime can also be used for purposes not specified in this manual.
You should not take this medicine if you are allergic to cefixime or to similar antibiotics, such as Ceftin, Cefcil, Kefleks, Omnitsef and others. Tell your doctor if you are allergic to penicillin.
You should not take this medication if you are allergic to cefixime or to other cephalosporin antibiotics, such as:
- cefaclor (Raniclor);
- cefadroxil (Duricef);
- cefazolin (Ancef);
- cefdinir (Omnicef);
- cefditoren (Spectracef);
- cefpodoxime (WCTIN);
- cefprozil (Cefzil);
- ceftibutene (Cedax);
- cefuroxime (ceftin);
- cephalexin (ceflex);
- cefradine (Velosef); and others.
To make sure that Cefixime is safe for you, tell your doctor if you are allergic to any medications, especially penicillin.
The chewable tablet may contain phenylalanine. Talk with your doctor before using this form of the drug.
It is not known whether this medicine harms the unborn child. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant.
It is not known whether cefixime passes into breast milk and whether it can harm a breastfeeding baby. Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding. You may need to stop breastfeeding while you are taking cefixime.
A suspension of cefixime (liquid) contains sucrose. Talk with your doctor before using this form of cefixime if you have diabetes.
Cefixime Side Effects
Obtain immediate medical attention if you have signs of an allergic reaction: shortness of breath; swelling of the face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Call your doctor right away if you have:
- severe stomach pain, diarrhea, which is watery or bloody;
- jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes);
- pale or yellowed skin, dark urine or weakness;
- seizures (convulsions);
- low blood cell counts – sudden weakness or poor health, fever, chills, flu symptoms, swollen gums, ulcers on the neck, skin ulcers, rapid heart rate, pale skin, slight bruises, unusual bleeding, a feeling of lightheadedness;
- kidney problems – rare or no urination, painful or difficult urination, swelling of the legs or ankles, feeling tired or lacking breathing; or
- a strong reaction to the skin – fever, sore throat, swelling in the face or tongue, burning in the eyes, pain accompanied by a red or purple rash on the skin that spreads (especially on the face or upper body) and causes blistering and flaking.
Common side effects may include:
- dyspepsia, pain in the stomach;
- nausea, vomiting; or
- vaginal itching.
This is not a complete list of side effects, and others may also occur. Ask your doctor about side effects.
Antibiotic drugs can cause diarrhea, which can be a sign of a new infection. If you have diarrhea that is watery or bloody, consult a doctor. Do not use a medicine for diarrhea unless your doctor tells you about it.
Other drugs may interact with cefixime, including prescription and over-the-counter medications, vitamins and plant products. Tell each of your health care providers about all the medicines that you are using now, and about any medicine that you start or stop using.
Follow all directions on the recipe label. Do not take this medicine in large or small quantities, or longer than recommended.
You will be able to take cefixime with or without food.
The chef’s form of cefixime must be chewed before swallowing.
Shake the oral suspension well (liquid) well before measuring the dose. Measure the liquid medicine with a dosing syringe or a special metering spoon or cup for medicines. If you do not have a device for measuring the dose, ask your pharmacist.
This medicine can cause unusual results in certain laboratory tests for glucose (sugar) in the urine. Tell any doctor who treats you that you are using cefixime.
Use this medication for the entire prescribed period of time. Your symptoms can improve before the infection is completely cleared. Missed doses can also increase the risk of further infection with antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Cefixime will not treat a viral infection, such as a cold or flu.
Store at room temperature away from moisture, heat and light.
You can also store the suspension in the refrigerator. Discard unused liquid after 14 days.
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Leave it if it’s time for the next scheduled dose. Do not take additional medication to make up for the missed dose.