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Generic Cefixime is used to treat many different types of infections caused by bacteria. The bactericidal action of this drug is due to the inhibition of cell wall synthesis. It binds to one of the penicillin binding proteins (PBPs) which inhibits the final transpeptidation step of the peptidoglycan synthesis in the bacterial cell wall, thus inhibiting biosynthesis and arresting cell wall assembly resulting in bacterial cell death.
How to take
Take this medication exactly as it was prescribed for you. Do not take the medication in larger amounts, or take it for longer than recommended by your doctor. Follow the directions on your prescription label.
Take this medicine with a full glass of water. Generic Cefixime works best if you take it with a meal or within 30 minutes of a meal.
The Generic Cefixime chewable tablet must be chewed before you swallow it.
Do not crush, chew, or break an extended-release tablet. Swallow the pill whole. Breaking the pill may cause too much of the drug to be released at one time.
This medication can cause you to have unusual results with certain medical tests. Tell any doctor who treats you that you are using Generic Cefixime.
Take Generic Cefixime for the entire length of time prescribed by your doctor. Your symptoms may get better before the infection is completely treated. Generic Cefixime will not treat a viral infection such as the common cold or flu.
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:
- diarrhea that is watery or bloody;
- fever, sore throat, and joint pain with a severe blistering, peeling, and red skin rash;
- numbness or tingly feeling;
- warmth, redness, or tingling under your skin;
- swelling in your hands or feet;
- fast or pounding heartbeats;
- chest pain, shortness of breath.
- Less serious side effects may include:
- mild nausea, stomach pain, constipation, loss of appetite;
- anxiety, drowsiness;
- increased night-time urination;
- runny nose, sore throat, cough; or
- vaginal itching or discharge.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur.
Always read the ingredients before taking this or any other medication to ensure that there are no elements that may elicit an allergic reaction.
Avoid using antacids within 1 hour before or after taking Generic Cefixime. Antacids can make it harder for your body to absorb Generic Cefixime.
Antibiotic medicines can cause diarrhea, which may be a sign of a new infection. If you have diarrhea that is watery or has blood in it, call your doctor. Do not use any medicine to stop the diarrhea unless your doctor has told you to.
Do not take this medication if you are allergic to Generic Cefixime or to other cephalosporin antibiotics, such as:
- cefaclor (Raniclor);
- cefadroxil (Duricef);
- cefazolin (Ancef);
- cefdinir (Omnicef);
- cefditoren (Spectracef);
- cefpodoxime (Vantin);
- cefprozil (Cefzil);
- ceftibuten (Cedax);
- cefuroxime (Ceftin);
- cephalexin (Keflex);
- cephradine (Velosef); and others.
Before taking Generic Cefixime, tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs, especially penicillins.
Take the medication as soon as you remember the missed dose. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and use the medicine at your next regularly scheduled time. Do not use extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
Store the tablets and capsules at room temperature away from moisture, heat, and light.
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