Cefixime - oral


Patient Medicine Information
Why do I need this medicine?
Cefixime is an antibiotic. It is used to treat certain bacterial infections of the nose, ear, throat, lungs, or bladder.
How do I take this medicine?
Take Cefixime exactly as directed by your doctor or according to the instructions on the label. Do not take more or less than instructed by your doctor.

You may take this medicine with or without food. Try to take it at the same time each day.

Cefixime is available as a conventional tablet, chewable tablet, capsule or oral suspension.

If you are taking the chewable tablet, it must be chewed or crushed before swallowing.

If you are taking an oral suspension, shake the bottle well before you take it to ensure that the liquid is evenly mixed. Use the measuring spoon or cup provided to measure your dose.

The dose of this medicine will be decided by your doctor. Your doctor will advise you on the treatment timeframe depending on the type and severity of your infection.

Take Cefixime at regular intervals. Do not skip any doses. You must complete the entire course of this medicine. If you don't, the infection will not be properly controlled.
What should I do if I have forgotten to take this medicine?
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your normal dosing schedule.

DO NOT double a dose under any circumstances.

If you often forget to take your medicine, let your doctor and pharmacist know.
When should I not use this medicine?
Do not take this medicine if you ever had an allergic reaction (e.g. rashes, breathlessness, swollen eyes) to Cefixime or any other similar antibiotics such as cefaclor, cefuroxime and other cephalosporin antibiotics.
What should I take note of while taking this medicine?
Inform your doctor if you have the following conditions:
  • history of allergy to penicillin antibiotics
  • history of stomach or bowel disease
  • poor nutritional state
  • kidney disease
  • liver disease
Let your doctor know if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Be sure to check with your doctor or pharmacist before giving this medicine to a child.

If you are going for certain laboratory tests (e.g. urine glucose or protein tests, Coombs' test), inform your doctor that you are taking this medicine.

Why is it important to keep my appointments with the doctor?

Keep your appointments with your doctor. Your doctor needs to monitor your condition and check your response to the medication regularly.
  • Routine tests (e.g. liver and kidney functions) may be done while you are being treated with this medicine. Your doctor will advise you about how often you need to have these tests.
  • Regular monitoring of signs of allergic reactions at the first dose may also be needed.
What side effects could I experience?
Cefixime may cause any of the following side effects: diarrhoea, loose or frequent stools, stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, indigestion, stomach wind, headache, dizziness, itchiness, and rash.

Some side effects may need immediate medical help. Alert your doctor quickly if you experience any of the following:
  • severe, persistent, or bloody diarrhoea accompanied by stomach pain or fever
  • signs and symptoms of allergic reactions e.g. rashes, breathlessness, swelling of the face, eyes, or mouth
  • rashes with peeling of the skin or blistering of the lips, mouth, or eyes accompanied by fever
  • fits, feeling confused, reduced alertness, unusual muscle movements or stiffness
  • decreased urine output, shortness of breath, tiredness or weakness, swelling in your legs, ankles, or feet
This medicine may cause the level of your red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets to drop.

Red blood cells carry oxygen around your body. A fall in the level of red blood cells may make you feel tired and worn out.

White blood cells help your body to fight infections. A fall in the level of your white blood cells may put you at higher risk for infections, such as coughs, colds, and flu, which may lead to more serious infections. Avoid crowded places and people who are sick. Inform your doctor if you have a fever, or a cough or flu that does not go away.

Platelets help your blood to clot when there is a cut in the skin. A fall in the level of your platelets may put you at risk of bleeding more than usual. Do not take part in activities where you may fall or get injured, such as contact sports. Inform your doctor if you get any unusual bruising (large bruises or several bruises, especially if the bruises appeared on their own) or bleeding that takes a long time to stop (for example, too much bleeding when you floss or brush your teeth).

Inform your doctor if any of these side effects do not go away or are severe, or if you experience other side effects.
Can I take this with other medicines?
Inform your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any of these medicines:
  • blood-thinning medicines e.g. warfarin
  • carbamazepine (medicine for fits or seizures)
Always notify your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics such as traditional Chinese medicines, supplements, and medicines that you buy without a prescription.
What special dietary instructions should I follow?
Avoid alcohol.
How should I store this medicine?
Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children.

Refrigerate the oral suspension or syrup (between 2-8°C) once you have mixed the powder with water. Do not freeze it otherwise, it will become less effective. Throw away unused portions after 14 days.

Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.
This information is independently developed by MIMS based on cefixime - oral and is provided for your reference only. It is not a replacement for and should only be used in conjunction with full consultation with a licensed healthcare professional, the information provided by your pharmacist and/or the manufacturer of the medication. It may not contain all the available information you require and cannot substitute professional medical care, nor does it take into account all individual circumstances. Although great effort has been made to ensure content accuracy, we shall not be held responsible or liable for any claims or damages arising from the use or misuse of the information contained herein, its contents or omissions, or otherwise. Copyright © 2023 MIMS. All rights reserved. Powered by MIMS.com
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