Vantin (Cefpodoxime Proxetil)
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Cefpodoxime Proxetil Information
(sef pode ox' eem)
Before taking cefpodoxime,
- tell your doctor and pharmacist if you are allergic to cefpodoxime; any other cephalosporin antibiotic such as cefaclor, cefadroxil,cefazolin (Ancef, Kefzol), cefdinir, cefditoren (Spectracef), cefepime (Maxipime), cefixime (Suprax), cefotaxime (Claforan), cefotetan, cefoxitin (Mefoxin), cefprozil, ceftaroline (Teflaro), ceftazidime (Fortaz, Tazicef, in Avycaz), ceftibuten (Cedax), ceftriaxone (Rocephin), cefuroxime (Zinacef) and cephalexin (Keflex);penicillin antibiotics; or any other medications. Also tell your doctor if you are allergic to any of the ingredients in cefpodoxime tablets or suspension.Ask your pharmacist for a list of the ingredients.
- tell your doctor and pharmacist what prescription and nonprescription medications, vitamins, nutritional supplements, and herbal products you are taking or plan to take. Be sure to mention any of the following: antacids (Maalox, Mylanta, others), cimetidine, colistimethate (Coly-Mycin M), diuretics ('water pills'), famotidine (Pepcid), gentamicin, kanamycin, neomycin (Neo-Fradin), nizatidine (Axid), polymixin B, probenecid (Probalan), ranitidine (Zantac), streptomycin, tobramycin. and vancomycin (Vancocin). Your doctor may need to change the doses of your medications or monitor you carefully for side effects.
- tell your doctor if you have or have ever had gastrointestinal disease (GI; affecting the stomach or intestines), especially colitis (condition that causes swelling in the lining of the colon [large intestine]), or kidney disease.
- tell your doctor if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding. If you become pregnant while taking cefpodoxime, call your doctor.
- if you have phenylketonuria (PKU, an inherited condition in which a special diet must be followed to prevent mental retardation), you should know that cefpodoxime suspension is sweetened with aspartame that forms phenylalanine.
- stomach pain
- swelling, redness, irritation, burning, or itching of the vagina
- white vaginal discharge
- watery or bloody stools, stomach cramps, or fever during treatment or for up to two or more months after stopping treatment
- difficulty breathing or swallowing
- a return of fever, sore throat, chills, or other signs of infection