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Seek urgent medical care if you are taking ceftibuten and develop anything that does not seem right, such as problems breathing, watery diarrhea, or unusual muscle movements. Although serious side effects are possible with this prescription antibiotic, most reactions are usually minor and easy to treat. Clinical trials have shown that headaches, vomiting, and diarrhea are some of the most common side effects.

 

An Introduction to Side Effects of Ceftibuten

Just like any medicine, ceftibuten (Cedax®) can cause side effects. However, not everyone who takes the drug will have problems. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or are treated easily by you or your healthcare provider.
 
(This article covers many, but not all, of the possible side effects with ceftibuten. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list with you.)
  

Ceftibuten Side Effects to Report

Some side effects of ceftibuten are potentially serious and should be reported immediately to your healthcare provider. These include but are not limited to:
 
  • Signs of an overdose, such as:
    • Seizures
    • Coma
    • Unusual muscle movements or hyperactivity
 
  • Watery or bloody diarrhea, which may start while taking the drug or even quite a while after treatment ends
  • Signs of an allergic reaction, such as:
    • An unexplained rash
    • Itching
    • Hives
    • Redness of the face
    • Swelling of the mouth or throat
    • Wheezing
    • Difficulty breathing.
 

Common Side Effects

Ceftibuten has been studied extensively in clinical trials. In these studies, the possible side effects were carefully documented. Based on these studies, the most common reactions to ceftibuten included:
 
  • Nausea -- in up to 4 percent of people
  • Diarrhea -- up to 3 percent
  • Headache -- up to 3 percent
  • Vomiting -- up to 2 percent
  • Indigestion or heartburn -- up to 2 percent
  • Abdominal (stomach) pain -- up to 2 percent
  • Loose stools -- up to 2 percent.
 
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