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Cefditoren is used in the treatment of bacterial infections and typhoid fever.

How it works

Cefditoren is an antibiotic. It kills the bacteria by attacking their cell wall. Specifically, it prevents the synthesis of a substance in the cell wall called peptidoglycan, which provides the cell wall with the strength required for survival of bacteria in human body.

Common side effects

Nausea, Rash, Bruise, Bleeding, Blisters on skin, Chest tightness, Convulsion, Decreased urination, Dark colored urine, Diarrhoea, Shortness of breath, Fatigue, Weakness, Fever, Headache, Itching, Jaundice, Limb swelling, Black and bloody stools, Mouth swelling, Mouth ulcer, Skin peeling, Skin redness, Stomach pain, Stomach cramp, Swelling, Urticaria, Vaginal discharge, Vaginal itching, Vomiting


Expert advice

  • Inform your doctor if you have or ever had cartinine deficiency (a rare condition in which the body does not have enough of a certain substance that is needed for energy production), blood clotting problem, kidney or liver problems.
  • Do not take any aluminium or magnesium containing antacids or other drugs prescribed for acidity along with cefditoren.
  • Tell your doctor if you are or planning to become pregnant or are breastfeeding.

Frequently asked questions


Q.What is cefditoren (Pivoxil) and what is it used for?
Cefditoren or Cefditoren (Pivoxil) is a cephalosporin antibiotic which is used to treat diseases caused due to several bacterial infections such as exacerbation of chronic bronchitis (sudden worsening of symptoms due to bacterial infection in windpipe), community-acquired pneumonia (lung infection developed in the person who was not in the hospital), sore throat (pharyngitis), inflammation of tonsils (tonsillitis), and uncomplicated skin and skin-structure infections.

Content on this page was last updated on 24 November, 2016, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)