What is Cefpodoxime?

Cefpodoxime is a prescription medication that is used for the treatment of a wide range of bacterial infections. Cefpodoxime is used as a cephalosporin antibiotic. It works by preventing bacteria from developing. Only bacterial infections are treated with Cefpodoxime. For viral infections, it will not work (common cold, flu). Unnecessary use or misuse of any antibiotic will lead to its decreased effectiveness. Cefpodoxime is available under the brand name Vantin Cefpodoxime.

Dosages for Pediatric and Adult Dosages

Suspension orally: 50 mg/5 ml, 100 mg/5 ml

Tablet: 100 milligrams, 200 milligrams

Cefpodoxime Uses

Many kinds of bacterial infections are treated with this medication. This medication is known as an antibiotic called cephalosporin. It works by stopping bacteria from growing. This antibiotic only treats bacterial infections. In case of some viral infections, it will not work (such as common cold, flu). Using any antibiotic can cause it not to work for future infections when it is not needed.

How to use Cefpodoxime Proxetil

  • Take this medication by mouth or as directed by your doctor, usually every 12 hours
  • Take it with food to help increase the drug's absorption if you are using the tablet form of this medication.
  • Take it with or without food if you are using this medication's suspension form. Prior to each dose, shake the bottle well
  • The dosage is based on your medical condition and therapy response. In kids, the dose is also based on their weight.
  • Stomach acid-reducing or blocking medications (such as proton pump inhibitors/PPIs, antacids) may decrease the absorption of cefpodoxime, making it less effective. Ask your doctor or pharmacist how to use Cefpodoxime safely with PPIs and H2 blockers. Take the antacids at least 2 hours before or 2 hours after this medication, if you are taking antacids.
  • Take this antibiotic at an evenly maintained time interval for the best effect. Take this medication at the same time every day to help you remember.
  • Continue to take this medication until completion of the full amount prescribed, even if symptoms disappear after a couple of days. Stopping the medication too early before the prescribed time may result in the infection returning.

Cefpodoxime Side Effects

  • Abdominal pain
  • Anxiety
  • Back pain
  • Bloating
  • Body aches
  • Chest tightness
  • Chills
  • Confusion or weakness
  • Constipation
  • Cough
  • Dark-colored urine
  • Diaper rashes in an infant
  • Diarrhea
  • Dizziness
  • Dry mouth
  • Fast or pounding heartbeats
  • Feeling like you might pass out
  • Feeling restless or hyperactive
  • Shortness of breath (even with mild exertion)
  • Fever
  • Flu symptoms
  • Fungal skin rash
  • Gas
  • Headache
  • Blistering
  • Peeling or red skin rash
  • Increased thirst
  • Loss of appetite
  • Mild itching
  • Muscle pain
  • Nausea
  • Nervousness
  • Numbness or tingly feeling
  • Warmth or redness under the skin
  • Pale or yellowed skin
  • Rapid weight gain
  • Rash
  • Seizures (convulsions)
  • Skin rash
  • Sore throat
  • Spinning sensation (vertigo)
  • Stiff or tight muscles
  • Stomach pain
  • Strange dreams, nightmares
  • Stuffy nose
  • Swelling
  • Tired feeling
  • Trouble breathing
  • Unusual bleeding or bruising
  • Unusual or unpleasant taste in your mouth
  • Urinating less than usual or not all
  • Vaginal itching or discharge
  • Vomiting
  • Watery or bloody diarrhea
  • Wheezing
  • White patches
  • Sores in the mouth or on your lips
  • Yellowing of the skin or eyes (jaundice)


Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to cefpodoxime proxetil or to penicillins or other cephalosporin antibiotics (e.g., cephalexin) before you start taking cefpodoxime proxetil or if you have any other allergies. There might be some inactive ingredients present in this product that may cause allergic reactions or other problems

Tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history before using this medication, including kidney disease, stomach/intestinal disease (e.g., colitis).

Live bacterial vaccines may not work as well because of this medication. Unless your doctor tells you to, do not have any immunizations/vaccinations while using this medication.

Cefpodoxime vs Amoxicillin



Formula: C21H27N5O9S2 Formula: C16H19N3O5S
Oral antibiotic Amoxicillin is an antibiotic
Molar mass: 427.458 g/mol Molecular Weight: 365.4 g/mol
This antibiotic only treats bacterial infections. used for treating the number of bacterial infections such as middle ear infections, throat, pneumonia, skin infections, and urinary tract infections
This antibiotic only treats bacterial infections. used for treating the number of bacterial infections such as middle ear infections, throat, pneumonia, skin infections, and urinary tract infections
Administered orally Given orally or by injection

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is cefpodoxime Proxetil used for?

Cefpodoxime is used to treat bacterial infections, such as bronchitis (infection of the lung-borne airway tubes); pneumonia; gonorrhea (sexually transmitted disease); and skin, ear, sinus, throat, tonsils, and urinary tract infections.

Is cefpodoxime a strong antibiotic?

Cefpodoxime is a cephalosporin antibiotic. It functions in your body by battling bacteria. Cefpodoxime is used for the treatment of bacterial infections, including upper respiratory infections, infections of the ear, skin infections, and infections of the urinary tract.

Is cefpodoxime used for cough?

In several different areas of the body, Cefpodoxime is used to treat bacterial infections. It belongs to the class of drugs known as antibiotics for cephalosporin. It works by destroying or stopping the growth of bacteria. However, for colds, measles, or other illnesses with the virus, this drug will not work.

Is cefpodoxime safe for kidneys?

Kidneys - use with caution. Owing to the slower removal of the drug from the body, the effects can be increased.

Does cefpodoxime make you sleepy?

Feeling tired. Breathing trouble. Unusual hemorrhages or bruises. In your mouth, an odd or unpleasant taste.

Is cefpodoxime the same as cefpodoxime Proxetil?

Cefpodoxime proxetil is a prodrug; Cefpodoxime is its active metabolite. Both doses of cefpodoxime proxetil present in this insert are expressed as the active moiety of cefpodoxime. The drug is supplied for oral suspension as both film-coated tablets and as flavored granules.

Is cefpodoxime good for UTI?

Cefpodoxime is a broad-spectrum antibiotic, which means that a wide number of bacteria are active against it. It is used in the treatment of bacterial infections such as infections of the urinary tract, infections of the chest and throat, infections of the skin and sinusitis.

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