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    Cefixime

    Information about Cefixime

    Cefixime uses

    Cefixime is used in the treatment of Bacterial infections.

    How cefixime works

    Cefixime 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 of cefixime

    Nausea, Diarrhoea, Allergic reaction

    Available Medicine for Cefixime

    • ₹43 to ₹220
      Alkem Laboratories Ltd
      7 variant(s)
    • ₹34 to ₹93
      FDC Ltd
      7 variant(s)
    • ₹36 to ₹75
      Mankind Pharma Ltd
      5 variant(s)
    • ₹29 to ₹173
      Hetero Drugs Ltd
      8 variant(s)
    • ₹48 to ₹122
      Intas Pharmaceuticals Ltd
      4 variant(s)
    • ₹45 to ₹86
      Aristo Pharmaceuticals Pvt Ltd
      2 variant(s)
    • ₹41 to ₹165
      Glenmark Pharmaceuticals Ltd
      7 variant(s)
    • ₹42 to ₹90
      Cipla Ltd
      4 variant(s)
    • ₹43 to ₹152
      Cipla Ltd
      6 variant(s)
    • ₹33 to ₹166
      Torrent Pharmaceuticals Ltd
      8 variant(s)

    Expert advice for Cefixime

    • Always take the complete course of treatment, as advised by your doctor even if you feel better.
    • Never take an antibiotic for a viral infection like a cold or the flu.
    • Can lead to nausea and diarrhoea frequently. If this becomes severe or persistent or you notice that your stool contains blood or mucus you should stop taking Cefixime immediately and consult your doctor.
    • Inform your doctor if you develop a rash or other unexpected symptoms.
    • Inform your doctor if there is the previous history of drug allergy.
    • Inform your doctor if you have ever been diagnosed with kidney or liver problems.

    Frequently asked questions for Cefixime

    Cefixime

    Q. What is Cefixime and what is it used for?
    Cefixime is a cephalosporin antibiotic used for treating many infections, for eg: infections of the ear, throat (e.g. tonsillitis, pharyngitis), chest and lungs (e.g. bronchitis, pneumonia) and urinary tract (e.g. cystitis and kidney infections).
    Q. Is Cefixime used for diarrhea?
    Cefixime has not been indicated for the treatment of diarrhea. Please talk to your doctor if you have diarrhea before taking any antibiotics.
    Q. Is Cefixime a cephalosporin?
    Yes, Cefixime belongs to a group of antibiotics called 'cephalosporins'.
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    Q. Is Cefixime safe for infants?
    Safety of Cefixime in children less than 6 months of age (includes premature and newborn infants) has not been established. Please consult your doctor before starting any antibiotics in children.
    Q. Is Cefixime a penicillin?
    Cefixime is not a penicillin. It belongs to a different class of medicines known as cephalosporin and it works in a similar way as penicillins. However, they are different antibiotics. Please consult your doctor regarding their use.
    Q. Is Cefixime a sulfa drug?
    Cefixime is not a sulfa drug. It belongs to the class of medicines known as cephalosporins.
    Q. Does Cefixime cause diarrhea?
    Diarrhea is a common side effect of Cefixime. Diarrhea has been more commonly associated with higher doses. Stop the medicine if you have severe watery diarrhea that will not stop and you are feeling weak and have a fever. immediately consult your doctor.
    Q. Does Cefixime cause constipation?
    Constipation has not been reported as a side effect with Cefixime. Please consult your doctor in case you experience constipation while taking Cefixime.
    Q. Does Cefixime cure chlamydia?
    Cefixime is not effective against chlamydia infections, so, it is not used for its treatment. Please consult your doctor if you have been diagnosed with a chlamydial infection.
    Q. Does Cefixime contain penicillin?
    Cefixime is a cephalosporin which has an action similar to penicillins but it does not contain any penicillin.
    Q. Does Cefixime cover pseudomonas?
    No, Cefixime is not active against pseudomonas. Most strains of pseudomonas are resistant to Cefixime. Please consult your doctor if you have pseudomonas infections for the appropriate antibiotic treatment.
    Q. Does Cefixime contain sulfur?
    No, Cefixime does not contain sulfur. Please check the package leaflet (patient information leaflet) before using any medicine for its contents.
    Q. Does Cefixime cure syphilis?
    Cefixime is not active against the bacteria (Treponema pallidum) which causes syphilis. So, it is not used for the treatment of syphilis. Please consult your doctor if you have signs and symptoms of syphilis.
    Q. Does Cefixime cure gonorrhea?
    Cefixime can be used to treat uncomplicated gonorrhea caused by Neisseria gonorrhoeae (both penicillinase and non-penicillinase producing bacteria). However, always talk to your doctor if you have any infection as it should be diagnosed properly by a doctor before the start of antibiotics. Never take antibiotics yourself.
    Q. Does Cefixime treat typhoid?
    Cefixime is not indicated for the treatment of typhoid by the government regulatory authorities. However, Indian Academy of Pediatrics recommend the use of Cefixime in children for uncomplicated typhoid fever. It is hence, advisable that you must take the antibiotics for typhoid fever only when it is recommended by your doctor. Do not take antibiotics yourself.
    Q. Does Cefixime affect birth control?
    There is no evidence of cefexime affecting birth control (contraception). However, interactions may occur and Cefixime may affect the action of birth control pills. Please consult your doctor to confirm whether you require a extra birth control measure while taking Cefixime.
    Q. Can I take Cefixime with azithromycin?
    No interactions have been clinically observed between Cefixime and azithromycin. However, interactions may occur. Always consult with your doctor before taking two medicines together.
    Q. Can I take Cefixime and doxycycline together?
    No interactions have been clinically observed between Cefixime and doxycycline. However, interactions may occur. Always consult with your doctor before taking two medicines together.
    Q. Can I take Cefixime with paracetamol?
    No interactions have been clinically observed between Cefixime and paracetamol. However, interactions may occur. Always consult with your doctor before taking two medicines together.
    Q. Can I take Cefixime with folic acid?
    Folic acid can be taken with Cefixime as no drug-drug interactions have been clinically observed between them. However, interactions may occur. Please consult your doctor before taking the two medicines together.

    Content on this page was last updated on 17 August, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)