is an antibiotic classified under third generation cephalosporins. Drug manufacturer Wyeth marketed Cefixime by its brand name Suprax
. In 2003, supra was taken off the United States market due to the expiration of its patent. It was since re-launched by Lupin. Cefixime is also widely used all over Canada.
Cefixime is an effective treatment to stop the spread of several bacterial infections
. It is often used as a treatment for gonorrhea
, and tonsilitis. As with other antibiotics, Cefixime does not have any activity against coughs, colds, flu, and other viral infections
A Cefixime therapy is administered orally by mouth
. The drug comes in either tablet or liquid form, which is usually administered once or twice a day for five 5 to 14 days. It is important that you stick with a Cefixime prescription supervised by a medical professional. The doctor will know the appropriate amount and period of treatment applicable to your case after administering a series of tests. Do not stop or continue your Cefixime therapy without the advice of your doctor.
Before taking Cefixime, you must go through a roundup of your medical history with your doctor. Allergies
to drugs, food, and other synthetic substances must be determined to ensure that your Cefixime intake will not encourage harsh bodily reactions. Your doctor also needs to take note of prescription and non-prescription medicines that you are currently using as well as your overall health condition. This is to avoid any complication to arise during your treatment with Cefixime.
Cefixime often cause disturbances in the stomach
that is why it is advisable that you take it with either food or milk. Do not take Cefixime in an empty stomach unless your doctor tells you so. Aside from an upset stomach, Cefixime therapy may also cause diarrhea
, and skin rash as side effects. If such symptoms persist, worsen, or came with wheezing, vaginal infection, and breathing difficulty, do not take another moment to see your doctor.
If you missed a dose, take it as soon as you realize you missed it. If it is too close to your next dosing schedule, discard your missed dose. Do not double your dose to make up for the missed one as this can cause overdose.
You must take note of any irregular condition that develops while under Cefixime treatment because it is reason enough for you to call a doctor. Your doctor would require certain tests to monitor your body’s responses to the medicine. If you continue to experience the symptoms when the duration of your treatment is through, go back to your doctor and tell him about it. Also, do not use your own prescription for another condition or another person’s bout with bacterial infection. The level of affliction and the patient’s health condition are important factors that determine how Cefixime will be administered. Such factors vary on a case-to-case basis so it is better to talk straight to your doctor. Doing so will ensure that you are using Cefixime the proper way.
Cefixime has the following structural formula:
• Molecular formula of cefixime is C16H15N5O7S2
• Chemical IUPAC Name is 8-[[2-(2-amino-1,3-thiazol-4-yl)-2-(carboxymethoxyimino)acetyl]amino]- 4-ethenyl-7-oxo-2-thia- 6-azabicyclo[4.2.0]oct-4-ene-5-carboxylic acid
• Molecular weight is 453.452 g/mol
• Cefixime available : 100mg tablets, 200mg tablets