Cefixime is an antibiotic taken once or twice daily to treat certain bacterial infections. Your dosage is calculated based on the type and severity of your infection, among other factors. By preventing bacteria from making cell walls, cefixime can disrupt the way the cells grow and multiply, eventually causing cell death.
Cefixime (Suprax®) is a prescription cephalosporin antibiotic licensed to treat a number of different infections. It is taken by mouth, and is approved for use in children as young as six months of age.
(Click What Is Cefixime Used For? for more information on this topic, including possible off-label uses.)
Just like any medicine, cefixime can cause side effects. However, not everyone who uses the drug will experience problems. Most people tolerate it quite well.
If reactions do occur, in most cases, they are mild and either require no treatment or are treated easily by you or your healthcare provider. Serious side effects are less common.
Common side effects of cefixime include but are not limited to:
- Loose or frequent stools
(Click Cefixime Side Effects to learn more, including potentially serious side effects that you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)
You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking this medication if you have:
- Kidney disease, such as kidney failure (renal failure)
- Liver disease, such as hepatitis, cirrhosis, or liver failure
- An allergy to cephalosporin or penicillin antibiotics
- Any other allergies, including to foods, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
- Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant (see Suprax and Pregnancy)
- Breastfeeding (see Suprax and Breastfeeding).
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about all other medications you are taking, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
(Click Precautions and Warnings With Cefixime to learn more, including information on who should not take the drug.)