Active Ingredient: Cefpodoxime
Vantin is used for treating mild to moderate infections caused by certain bacteria.
Other names for this medication
Belpro, Cefdolife, Cefdox, Cefirax, Cefobid
Many different types of bacterial infections are treated with this medicine. An antibiotic called a cephalosporin is what this drug is. It acts by preventing bacterial development.
Only bacterial illnesses are treated by this antibiotic. For viral infections, it is ineffective (such as common cold, flu). Any antibiotic that is overused may stop working to treat infections in the future.
How To Take Cefpodoxime
Take this drug by mouth as prescribed by your doctor, often once every 12 hours.
Take this medication with food to aid in better absorption if you are taking the tablet version.
Drink this medication with or without food if you are taking the suspension form. Before each dose, give the bottle a good shake.
Your medical condition and treatment response will determine the dosage. The dosage is also weight-based for youngsters.
Cefpodoxime’s ability to be absorbed may be decreased by drugs that lower or block stomach acid, such as proton pump inhibitors-PPIs, H2 blockers, and antacids. See your doctor or pharmacist for advice on how to take cefpodoxime safely with PPIs and H2 blockers.
Antacids should be taken at least two hours before or two hours after taking this medication if you take them.
Use this antibiotic at regular intervals for optimal results. Take this prescription at the same time(s) every day to make it easier for you to remember.
Even if symptoms go away after a few days, keep taking this medication until the entire advised dosage is gone. A recurrence of the infection could occur if the treatment is stopped too soon.
If your issue persists or gets worse, let your doctor know.
Side Effects of Vantin
Headache, nausea-vomiting, or diarrhea could happen. Notify your doctor or pharmacist as soon as possible if any of these side effects persist or get worse.
Keep in mind that your doctor ordered this Vantin because, in his or her opinion, it will benefit you more than it will harm you. Many users of this medicine report no significant negative effects.
Swelling of the ankles or feet, fatigue, a rapid or pounding heartbeat, breathing difficulties, any new symptoms of infection (such as fever or a persistent sore throat), dark urine, persistent nausea or vomiting, yellowing of the eyes or skin, easy bleeding or bruising, or indications of kidney issues should all be reported to your doctor right away (such as change in the amount of urine).
What should I know about storage and disposal of this medication?
Keep this medication in the container it came in, tightly closed, and out of reach of children. Store the tablets at room temperature and away from light and excess heat and moisture (not in the bathroom). Keep liquid medicine in the refrigerator, tightly closed, and dispose of any unused medication after 14 days.
Unneeded medications should be disposed of in special ways to ensure that pets, children, and other people cannot consume them. However, you should not flush this medication down the toilet. Instead, the best way to dispose of your medication is through a medicine take-back program. Talk to your pharmacist or contact your local garbage/recycling department to learn about take-back programs in your community. See the FDA’s Safe Disposal of Medicines website (http://goo.gl/c4Rm4p) for more information if you do not have access to a take-back program.
It is important to keep all medication out of sight and reach of children as many containers (such as weekly pill minders and those for eye drops, creams, patches, and inhalers) are not child-resistant and young children can open them easily. To protect young children from poisoning, always lock safety caps and immediately place the medication in a safe location – one that is up and away and out of their sight and reach. http://www.upandaway.org
In case of emergency/overdose (Cefpodoxime)
In case of overdose, call the poison control helpline at 1-800-222-1222. Information is also available online at https://www.poisonhelp.org/help. If the victim has collapsed, had a seizure, has trouble breathing, or can’t be awakened, immediately call emergency services at 911.
Symptoms of overdose may include the following:
- stomach pain
What other information should I know about Vantin?
Keep all appointments with your doctor and the laboratory. Your doctor may order certain lab tests to check your response to cefpodoxime.
Before having any laboratory test, tell your doctor and the laboratory personnel that you are taking cefpodoxime.
If you are diabetic and test your urine for sugar, use Clinistix or TesTape (not Clinitest) to test your urine while taking this drug.
Do not let anyone else take your medication. Your prescription is probably not refillable. .
It is important for you to keep a written list of all of the prescription and nonprescription (over-the-counter) medicines you are taking, as well as any products such as vitamins, minerals, or other dietary supplements. You should bring this list with you each time you visit a doctor or if you are admitted to a hospital. It is also important information to carry with you in case of emergencies.