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Ceftibuten is used to treat bronchitis (inflammation of air passage) and ear and throat infections caused by bacteria.

How it works

Ceftibuten is an antibiotic belonging to class of medicines called cephalosporins. It works by inhibiting the bacterial cell wall synthesis, thereby killing the bacteria.

Common side effects

Nausea, Abdominal pain, Diarrhoea, Headache, Indigestion, Vomiting


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 30 September, 2016, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)