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 Vantin and Pregnancy)
- Breastfeeding (see Vantin 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 Cefpodoxime to learn more, including information on who should not take the drug.)
Cefpodoxime is a cephalosporin antibiotic. Cephalosporins are part of a larger group of medications known as beta-lactam antibiotics, which are named after the ring-like "lactam" structure of these drugs.
Cefpodoxime works by stopping bacteria from making cell walls, which eventually causes the bacteria to die. Cephalosporins are related to penicillin medications. Cefpodoxime is usually classified as a "third-generation" cephalosporin.
Some general considerations to keep in mind during treatment with cefpodoxime include the following:
- This medication comes in tablet or oral suspension (liquid) form. It is taken by mouth, usually twice a day.
- The length of treatment recommended will vary, depending on the type and severity of the infection.
- The tablets are best absorbed when taken with food. You can take the liquid with or without food.
- Make sure to shake the suspension well before each dose.
- Make sure to finish the prescribed course of this antibiotic, as stopping cefpodoxime too soon can lead to more serious infections.