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Ceftibuten is used in the treatment of bacterial infections and typhoid fever

How it works

Ceftibuten 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, Itching, Headache, Allergic reaction, Fever, Vomiting, Diarrhoea

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Expert advice

  • Do not take ceftibuten if you had severe allergic reaction (severe rash, hives, difficulty breathing, dizziness, etc ) to penicillin (eg. amoxicillin) or other beta-lactam antibiotics (eg. imipenem).
  • Inform your doctor if you have a blood clotting disorder, or stomach or bowel problems.
  • Do not discontinue ceftibuten without doctor’s advice. Sudden discontinuation of ceftibuten may decrease its effectiveness and bacteria may become insensitive to ceftibuten.
  • Seek immediate medical attention if you experience severe diarrhea, stomach pain or cramps, or bloody stools.
  • Inform your doctor about the use of ceftibuten as it may interfere with certain lab test results.
  • Use ceftibuten with extreme caution in elderly and children less than 6 years.
  • Tell your doctor if you are or planning to become pregnant or are breastfeeding.

Content on this page was last updated on 14 February, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)