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Cefpodoxime Proxetil

Cefpodoxime Proxetil

What is Cefpodoxime Proxetil?

Cefpodoxime Proxetil belongs to cephalosporins group of antibiotics which are considered to be bactericidal (bacterial killing ability). Cephalosporins disrupt the bacterial cell wall which is important for the integrity of the bacterial cell membrane thus killing the bacteria and checking its growth.


This medication is used to treat a wide variety of bacterial infections. This medication is known as a cephalosporin antibiotic. It works by stopping the growth of bacteria.

This antibiotic treats only bacterial infections. It will not work for viral infections (such as common cold, flu). Using any antibiotic when it is not needed can cause it to not work for future infections.

How should this medicine be used?

Cefpodoxime comes as a tablet and suspension (liquid) to take by mouth. It is usually taken every 12 hours for 5 to 14 days depending on the condition being treated. A single dose is given to treat gonorrhea. Take the tablet with food; the suspension can be taken with or without food. Take cefpodoxime at around the same times every day. Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully, and ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any part you do not understand. Take cefpodoxime exactly as directed. Do not take more or less of it or take it more often than prescribed by your doctor.

Shake the suspension well before each use to mix the medication evenly.

You should begin to feel better during the first few days of treatment with cefpodoxime. If your symptoms do not improve or get worse, call your doctor.

Continue to take cefpodoxime until you finish the prescription even if you feel better. If you stop taking cefpodoxime too soon or skip doses, your infection may not be completely treated and the bacteria may become resistant to antibiotics.

How it works

Cefpodoxime proxetil is used to treat skin infections in dogs susceptible to certain bacteria strains as well as bladder and respiratory infections. It is also used to treat skin and soft tissue infections in cats. It is a cephalosporin antibiotic that treats bacterial infections by suppressing the growth of micro-organisms such as bacteria, fungi, or protozoa.

Side effect

  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • diarrhea
  • stomach pain
  • swelling, redness, irritation, burning, or itching of the vagina
  • white vaginal discharge
  • headache
  • watery or bloody stools, stomach cramps, or fever during treatment or for up to two or more months after stopping treatment
  • rash
  • itching
  • hives
  • difficulty breathing or swallowing
  • wheezing
  • a return of fever, sore throat, chills, or other signs of infection

Precuations – When to Avoid Cefpodoxime Proxetil?

Cefpodoxime Proxetil should not be used with:

If you are allergic to Cefpodoxime Proxetil

If you are allergic to drugs belonging to cephalosporin family like Cefaclor, Cefepime, Cefuroxime, etc.

History of penicillin allergy

Patients suffering from kidney disease or on dialysis

Patients suffering from liver diseases

Patients suffering from colitis


Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Keep this medication away from children and pets.