What Is Ceftibuten Used For?
A healthcare provider may prescribe ceftibuten for use in adults and children as young as six months old who have certain bacterial infections. This antibiotic is specifically approved to treat ear infections, strep throat, tonsillitis, and bladder infections. It works by preventing bacteria from building cell walls, which eventually causes the bacteria to die. Some off-label uses include treating or preventing other infections.
Ceftibuten (Cedax®) is a prescription antibiotic used to treat a variety of different infections. It is taken by mouth, usually once a day.
Ceftibuten is approved for treating the following types of infections:
- Ear infections
- Pharyngitis ("strep throat") and tonsillitis
- Bronchitis, particularly acute, bacterial exacerbations of chronic bronchitis.
Ceftibuten is approved for treating these infections only when they are caused by certain types of bacteria. Not all bacteria will respond to this drug. Also, bacteria have different resistance patterns in different regions in the country. This means that some bacteria may be susceptible to ceftibuten in certain parts of the country but not in others. This medication 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 ceftibuten. In other situations, your healthcare provider may decide to try the drug without such tests, especially for infections that are not severe. Ceftibuten is a fairly expensive antibiotic. In general, less expensive alternatives are tried first, especially for mild, easy-to-treat infections.
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.