Cefpodoxime - Uses - Dosages - Side Effects - Precautions

Cefpodoxime: Frequently Asked Questions Answered

What is Cefpodoxime?

Commonly known to be a part of the cephalosporin antibiotic class, Cefpodoxime is a third-generation oral drug. It is a broad-spectrum antibiotic that works against both gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria.

The drug has an absorption rate of 50% in the body. It is commonly used to treat infections like pharyngitis, sinusitis, and gonorrhea. On the other hand, Cefpodoxime shows no effect in the treatment of flu and cold. It is an antibiotic and cannot treat viral infections.

What are the uses of Cefpodoxime?

Cefpodoxime can effectively treat:

  • Bronchitis: an infection of the airway tubes.
  • Gonorrhea: a sexually transmitted disease.
  • Pneumonitis: an infection in the pleural cavity of the lungs.
  • Sinusitis: an infection in the maxillary sinus in the face.

Other cases where doctors recommend the antibiotic are for treating infections of the skin, ear, throat, tonsils, and urinary tract. The use of the antibiotic stunts the growth of the bacteria, thus, fighting the infection.

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What are the side effects of Cefpodoxime?

Side effects resulting from Cefpodoxime are mild. A few of them are:

  • Headache
  • Vomiting
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Stomach pain

But for a few patients, the antibiotic can have severe and persistent side effects. These include:

  • Vaginal inflammation
  • Irritation and burning sensation in the vagina
  • White vaginal discharge
  • Rash on the body
  • Hives
  • Wheezing
  • Breathing problems
  • Watery or bloody stools

If any of these signs do not recede in a few days, visit your doctor. Do not hesitate to contact Yashoda Hospitals for expert medical opinions regarding cefpodoxime’s dosage and side effects.


Frequently Asked Questions about Cefpodoxime

1. Can Cefpodoxime be used for treating UTIs?

Cefpodoxime is a broad-spectrum antibiotic. It can work efficiently on a large variety of both gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria. Therefore, doctors prescribe Cefpodoxime as a potent measure for curing urinary tract infections. If you face persistent side effects after taking the prescribed dosage, do not delay your doctor's visit.

2. How much does Cefpodoxime 200mg cost?

Different companies sell the antibiotic under various labels and cost prices. The price range varies from Rs. 100 to Rs. 344. The medication alone is helpful to treat a wide range of infections. The combination of pills that you buy along with this antibiotic depends upon your health condition and the severity of the infection.

3. Is Cefpodoxime a strong antibiotic?

Cefpodoxime is quite effective in treating bacterial infections. However, the drug is not very strong or severe and is well tolerated by a majority of people. Adults and adolescents above 12 years are generally prescribed 100 mg every 12 hours. The doctor will prescribe the dosage for infants and those below 12 years based on their body weight.

4. Can I use Cefpodoxime while breastfeeding?

Yes. You can take Cefpodoxime if you are a nursing mother. However, a few studies have reported that the drug disturbs the child's digestive system and may result in oral thrush when taken by breastfeeding mothers. However, there is not enough proof to back these studies. So doctors will not be reluctant to prescribe Cefpodoxime to you even if you are breastfeeding.

5. Can I have Cefpodoxime PROXETIL during pregnancy?

FDA gives a B category to this drug for usage in pregnancy.
Since the studies and tests about the drug’s side effects on pregnant mothers are minimal, incorporating Cefpodoxime PROXETIL during pregnancy is not entirely safe.
Consult your doctor about the pros and cons of every drug you consider before including it in your routine.

6. Could I take Cefpodoxime with alcohol?

You can safely consume alcohol while taking this drug. However, make sure not to combine your medicine with alcohol. Although taking alcohol with cefpodoxime does not cause severe reactions, it is in your best interest to abstain from any abusive substances while your body is recovering from a disease.

7. Do you feel sleepy while taking Cefpodoxime?

No. You will not be sleepy after taking Cefpodoxime. In fact, one of its side effects is that it causes insomnia. A few patients have also reported excessive tiredness and weakness while on this antibiotic. If you are suffering from long-standing sleeplessness while taking Cefpodoxime, contact your doctor immediately as it might be an indication of a complication.

8. Is Cefpodoxime an antibiotic?

Yes, Cefpodoxime is a potent antibiotic from the class of cephalosporins. It is effective in treating a plethora of bacterial infections as it is a broad-spectrum antibiotic. You can get relief from infections like pharyngitis, sinusitis, pneumonitis after consuming the drug. Start your Cefpodoxime regimen only with a prescription. Do not self-medicate.

9. Is Cefpodoxime good for treating cough?

Cefpodoxime is an antibiotic and thus helps treat bacterial infections. Problems like cough, cold, and flu are outcomes of a viral infection. Thus, Cefpodoxime cannot treat problems like a cough.
Get diagnosed by your doctor to know the kind of infection you have before prescribing taking an antibiotic or antiviral medication.

10. Which is better: amoxicillin or Cefpodoxime?

Cefpodoxime is more impactful to treat infections like bronchitis and pneumonia.

However, both are equally effective in cases of otitis media. When the etiological agent for otitis is H. influenzae, doctors prefer to suggest Cefpodoxime.
Every antibiotic is efficient in treating a range of infections. Talk to your doctor to know what will suit you the best.

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