Available by prescription only, cefpodoxime proxetil (Vantin®) is a medication taken twice daily to treat infections caused by certain types of bacteria. Some of the approved uses for the drug include treating:
Cefpodoxime is a type of cephalosporin antibiotic and works by stopping bacteria from making cell walls, which eventually causes the bacteria to die. Cephalosporins are related to penicillin medications. If you are allergic to this antibiotic, you may also be allergic to cefpodoxime.
(To learn more about this antibiotic, click Cefpodoxime. This resource contains a comprehensive overview of this drug, including dosing guidelines, more details on how it works, safety precautions, and more.)
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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National Library of Medicine (US). Drugs and Lactation Database (LactMED). NLM Web site. Available at: http://toxnet.nlm.nih.gov/cgi-bin/sis/htmlgen?LACT. Accessed October 2, 2012.
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