What Is Cefpodoxime Used For?
If you have a sinus infection, bronchitis, or an ear infection, a healthcare provider may prescribe cefpodoxime. This drug is used for treating a number of different bacterial infections and works by preventing certain types of bacteria from forming cell walls. There are also some off-label (unapproved) reasons to use cefpodoxime, such as treating other types of infections.
Cefpodoxime proxetil (Vantin®) is a prescription antibiotic used to treat a variety of different infections. It is taken by mouth, and can be used by adults and children as young as two months old.
Cefpodoxime is approved for treating the following types of infections:
- Ear infections
- Pharyngitis ("strep throat") and tonsillitis
- Bronchitis (specifically, acute bacterial exacerbations of chronic bronchitis)
- Skin and skin structure infections
- Sinus infections.
Cefpodoxime is approved for treating these infections only when they are caused by certain types of bacteria. Not all bacteria will respond to this medication. Also, bacteria have different resistance patterns in different regions of the country. This means that some bacteria may be susceptible to cefpodoxime in certain parts of the country but not in others. This drug is completely ineffective for treating viral illnesses, such as the common cold or the flu.
In some situations, your healthcare provider may perform certain tests to see if your particular infection is susceptible or resistant to cefpodoxime. In other situations, your healthcare provider may decide to try the drug without such tests, especially for infections that are not severe.
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.