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    Cefpodoxime Proxetil + Clavulanic Acid

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    Cefpodoxime proxetil + clavulanic acid uses

    Cefpodoxime Proxetil+Clavulanic Acid is used in the treatment of respiratory tract infection.

    How cefpodoxime proxetil + clavulanic acid works

    This is a combination of two medicines: Cefpodoxime Proxetil and Clavulanic Acid. Cefpodoxime Proxetil is an antibiotic. It works by preventing the formation of the bacterial protective covering which is essential for the survival of bacteria. Clavulanic Acid is a beta-lactamase inhibitor which reduces resistance and enhances the activity of Cefpodoxime Proxetil against bacteria.

    Common side effects of cefpodoxime proxetil + clavulanic acid

    Nausea, Diarrhea, Stomach pain, Headache
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    06 Nov 2019 | 03:51 PM (IST)
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    Expert advice for Cefpodoxime Proxetil + Clavulanic Acid

    • You have been prescribed this combination medicine to treat bacterial infections even if they have developed resistance. 
    • Take it with food and plenty of fluids to avoid an upset stomach.
    • Finish the prescribed course, even if you start to feel better. Stopping it early may make the infection come back and harder to treat.
    • Diarrhea may occur as a side effect. Taking probiotics along with Cefpodoxime Proxetil + Clavulanic Acid may help. Talk to your doctor if you notice bloody stools or develop abdominal cramps.
    • Stop taking Cefpodoxime Proxetil + Clavulanic Acid and inform your doctor immediately if you develop an itchy rash, swelling of the face, throat or tongue or breathing difficulties while taking it.

    Frequently asked questions for Cefpodoxime Proxetil + Clavulanic Acid

    Cefpodoxime Proxetil + Clavulanic Acid

    Q. Can the use of Cefpodoxime Proxetil+Clavulanic Acid cause diarrhea?

    Yes, the use of Cefpodoxime Proxetil+Clavulanic Acid can cause diarrhea. It is an antibiotic which kills the harmful bacteria. However, it also affects the helpful bacteria in your stomach or intestine and causes diarrhea. If you are experiencing severe diarrhea, talk to your doctor about it.

    Q. How long does Cefpodoxime Proxetil+Clavulanic Acid takes to work?

    Usually, Cefpodoxime Proxetil+Clavulanic Acid starts working soon after taking it. However, it may take some days to kill all the harmful bacteria and make you feel better.

    Q. What if I don't get better after using Cefpodoxime Proxetil+Clavulanic Acid?

    Inform your doctor if you don't feel better after finishing the full course of treatment. Also, inform him if your symptoms are getting worse while using this medicine.

    Q. Can I stop taking Cefpodoxime Proxetil+Clavulanic Acid when I feel better?

    No, do not stop taking Cefpodoxime Proxetil+Clavulanic Acid and complete the full course of treatment even if you feel better. Your symptoms may improve before the infection is completely cured.

    Q. What is Cefpodoxime Proxetil+Clavulanic Acid?

    Cefpodoxime Proxetil+Clavulanic Acid is a combination of two medicines: Cefpodoxime and Clavulanic acid. This medication is used to treat bacterial infection. This medication works by killing the harmful bacteria that cause infection.

    Q. Can the use of Cefpodoxime Proxetil+Clavulanic Acid cause any serious side effects?

    Cefpodoxime Proxetil+Clavulanic Acid may cause serious side effects in very few patients (less than 1 in 1,000). Inform the doctor straight away if you get bloody diarrhea, yellowing of the eyes and skin, bruising or skin discoloration, shortness of breath, widespread rash, skin peeling and fever. All of these reactions needs urgent medical attention.

    Q. Can I stop taking Cefpodoxime Proxetil+Clavulanic Acid when my symptoms are relieved?

    No, do not stop taking Cefpodoxime Proxetil+Clavulanic Acid and complete the full course of treatment, even if you feel better. Your symptoms may improve before the infection is completely cured.

    Q. Can Cefpodoxime Proxetil+Clavulanic Acid cause allergic reaction?

    Yes, Cefpodoxime Proxetil+Clavulanic Acid can cause allergic reaction and is considered to be harmful patients with known allergy to a group of antibiotics called Cephalosporins. Get emergency medical help if you notice any of the signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty in breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue or throat.

    Q. Are there any specific contraindications associated with the use of Cefpodoxime Proxetil+Clavulanic Acid?

    The use of Cefpodoxime Proxetil+Clavulanic Acid is considered to be harmful for patients with known allergy to penicillins or any other excipients present in this medicine. This medicine should not be used in patients with previous history of liver damage associated with Cefpodoxime Proxetil+Clavulanic Acid.

    Q. Can I take oral contraceptive pills while taking Cefpodoxime Proxetil+Clavulanic Acid?

    No, Cefpodoxime Proxetil+Clavulanic Acid can make birth control pills less effective. So, ask your doctor about using a birth control method which does not affect your hormone levels (such as a condom, diaphragm and spermicide).

    Q. Can I take a higher than the recommended dose of this medicine?

    No, taking a higher than the recommended dose of Cefpodoxime Proxetil+Clavulanic Acid can increase the risks of side effects. Cefpodoxime Proxetil+Clavulanic Acid takes time to show its full effect and treat your infection. If you are experiencing increased severity of your symptoms, please consult your doctor for re-evaluation.

    Q. What is the recommended storage condition for Cefpodoxime Proxetil+Clavulanic Acid?

    Keep this medicine in the container or the pack it came in, tightly closed. Store it according to the instructions mentioned on the pack or label. Dispose of the unused medicine. Make sure it is not consumed by pets, children and other people.

    Content on this page was last updated on 06 November, 2019, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)