Cefixime is a cephalosporin antibiotic. Cephalosporins are a part of a larger group of medications known as beta-lactam antibiotics (named after the ring-like "lactam" structure of these antibiotics). Cefixime works by stopping bacteria from making cell walls, which eventually causes the bacteria to die.
Cephalosporins are related to penicillin medications. Cefixime is usually classified as a "third-generation" cephalosporin.
Some general considerations to keep in mind during treatment with cefixime include the following:
- This medication comes in tablet, chewable tablet, capsule, or oral suspension (liquid) form. It is taken by mouth once or twice a day.
- The length of treatment recommended will vary, depending on the type and severity of the infection.
- You may take this medication with or without food. If it seems to bother your stomach, try taking it with a little food.
- Make sure to shake the suspension well before each dose.
- Make sure to finish the prescribed course of this antibiotic, as stopping it too soon can lead to more serious infections.
The dose of cefixime your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on various factors, such as:
- Your age
- Your weight
- The type and severity of the infection being treated
- How well your kidneys are functioning
- Other medical conditions you may have.
(Click Cefixime Dosage for more information.)
Cefixime may react with a few other medicines (see Drug Interactions With Cefixime).