Cefpodoxime is used to treat diseases caused by bacterial infections, such as bronchitis, pneumonia, gonorrhea, ear infections, skin infections, or urinary tract infections. This drug is available in the form of a liquid suspension and tablets.

Cefpodoxime is a cephalosporin class of antibiotics that works by stopping the growth of infection-causing bacteria in the body. Cefpodoxime is a broad spectrum antibiotic that can be used to treat various types of bacterial infections.

Cefpodoxime trademark: Banadoz

What is Cefpodoxime?

class Cephalosporin class of  antibiotics
Category Prescription drug
Benefit Overcome bacterial infections
Used by Adults and children
Cefpodoxime for pregnant and lactating women Category B:  Studies in animal studies have not shown any risk to the fetus, but there are no controlled studies in pregnant women. It is not known whether cefpodoxime is absorbed through breast milk or not. If you are breastfeeding, do not use this medicine without telling your doctor.
Drug form Tablets and liquid suspension

Warnings Before Using Cefpodoxime:

  • Do not use cefpodoxime if you have a history of allergies to this drug or to other cephalosporin drugs, such as cefaclor or ceftriaxone .
  • Tell your doctor if you have a history of allergy to penicillin antibiotics .
  • Avoid using cefpodoxime in infants younger than 2 months.
  • Tell your doctor if you are taking certain medications, such as antacids, cimetidine , diuretics, or probenecid , and herbal products and supplements.
  • Tell your doctor if you have kidney disease or digestive disorders, such as colitis .
  • Tell your doctor if you want to have certain vaccinations, such as the typhoid vaccine, BCG vaccine , or cholera vaccine.
  • Tell your doctor if you have a history of phenyltchenuria. Cefpodoxime suspension may have added sweeteners or aspartame in it.
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or planning a pregnancy.
  • See your doctor right away if you have an allergic reaction or overdose after using this medicine.

Dosage and Rules for Use Cefpodoxime

The dose of cefpodoxime varies for each patient. The doctor will give the dose and determine the duration of treatment according to the patient's condition. The following is the distribution of cefpodoxime doses based on the condition being treated:

Condition: bronchitis or respiratory tract infection

  • Adult: 100–200 mg, every 12 hours for 10 days
  • Children 2 months–12 years: 4 mg/kg, every 12 hours. The maximum dose in children is 200 mg, per day

Condition:  acute otitis media

  • Children 2 months–12 years: 4–5 mg/kg, every 12 hours for 5 days
  • Maximum dose: 200 mg per day

Condition: gonorrhea

  • Adult: 200 mg single dose

Condition: skin infection

  • Adults: 200–400 mg, every 12 hours for 7–14 days
  • Children 2 months–12 years: 4 mg/kg, every 12 hours. The maximum dose in children is 200 mg, per day

Condition: urinary tract infection

  • Adult: 100 mg every 12 hours for 7 days
  • Children 2 months–12 years: 4 mg/kg, every 12 hours

How to Take Cefpodoxime Correctly

Follow the doctor 's recommendations and read the instructions listed on the drug packaging before using cefpodoxime. Do not increase or decrease your dose without consulting your doctor first.

Cefpodoxime is available in tablet and liquid suspension form. Cefpodoxime tablets should be taken after meals. Meanwhile, cefpodoxime liquid suspension can be consumed before or after meals.

If you are taking cefpodoxime liquid suspension, be sure to shake it well before consuming it. Use the measuring spoon available in the package for a more precise dosage.

Do not stop taking cefpodoxime suddenly, without consulting your doctor first. Use this medicine until it runs out even though the symptoms you feel have improved.

Store this drug at room temperature. Avoid exposure to direct sunlight, and keep out of reach of children.

Cefpodoxime Interactions with Other Drugs

Cefpodoxime has the potential to cause interactions with a number of drugs when used together. The following are some of the interactions that can occur:

  • Decreased effectiveness of BCG vaccine, cholera vaccine, and typhoid vaccine
  • Increased effectiveness of warfarin and increased risk of bleeding
  • Increased blood levels of cefpodoxime when used with probenecid
  • Decreased drug effectiveness when used with  proton pump inhibitors or antacids
  • Increased risk of kidney damage if used with aminoglycoside class antibiotics and diuretic class drugs

Cefpodoxime Side Effects and Dangers

The use of cefpodoxime has the potential to cause a number of side effects, including:

  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Headache
  • Joint and muscle pain
  • Stomach ache

Check with your doctor if the complaints mentioned above do not subside or get worse. Immediately see a doctor if you experience an allergic drug reaction or experience more serious side effects, such as:

  • Fatigue and feeling weak
  • Irregular heartbeat or arrhythmia
  • There are signs of infection, such as fever
  • Bloody or mucus diarrhea
  • seizures
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