Important Information for 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)
  • 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:
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 Ceftibuten to learn more, including information on who should not take the drug.)

How Does It Work?

Ceftibuten is a cephalosporin antibiotic. Cephalosporins are part of a larger group of medications known as beta-lactam antibiotics, named after the ring-like "lactam" structure of these drugs. Ceftibuten works by stopping bacteria from making cell walls, which eventually causes the bacteria to die. Cephalosporins are related to penicillin medications. Ceftibuten is usually classified as a "third-generation" cephalosporin.

When and How to Take This Medicine

Some general considerations to keep in mind during treatment with ceftibuten include the following:
  • This medication comes in capsule or oral suspension (liquid) form. It is taken by mouth once daily for 10 days.
  • The oral suspension should be taken on an empty stomach at least two hours before or one hour after a meal. Taking it with food decreases the absorption of the antibiotic, potentially making it less effective.
  • For the capsules, you may take them 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 ceftibuten too soon can lead to more serious infections.
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