To reduce the development of drug-resistant bacteria and maintain the effectiveness of
VANTIN and other antibacterial drugs, VANTIN (Cefpodoxime) should be used only to treat or prevent
infections that are proven or strongly suspected to be caused by bacteria.
For Oral Use Only
VANTIN (Cefpodoxime) is in a group of drugs called cephalosporin (SEF a low spor in) antibiotics. It works by fighting bacteria in your body.
Cefpodoxime is used to treat many different types of infections caused by bacteria.
Cefpodoxime may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide.
Cefpodoxime proxetil is a prodrug its active metabolite is cefpodoxime. All doses of
cefpodoxime proxetil in this insert are expressed in terms of the active cefpodoxime
moiety. The drug is supplied both as film-coated tablets and as flavored granules for oral
Before using Vantin
Tell your health care provider if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:
* if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
* if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
* if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
* if you have diarrhea, a stomach or intestinal infection, or a blood clotting problem
* if you have had a severe allergic reaction (eg, severe rash, hives, difficulty breathing, dizziness) to a penicillin antibiotic (eg, amoxicillin) or other beta-lactam antibiotic (eg, imipenem)
Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Vantin . Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:
* Aminoglycosides (eg, gentamicin), cyclosporine, or diuretics (eg, furosemide, hydrochlorothiazide) because the risk of side effects on the kidney may be increased
This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Vantin may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.
How to use Vantin
Take this medication by mouth, usually every 12 hours or as directed by your doctor.
If you are using the tablet form of this medication, take it with food to help increase the absorption of the drug.
If you are using the suspension form of this medication, take it with or without food. Shake the bottle well before each dose.
The dosage is based on your medical condition and response to therapy. In children, the dose is also based on weight.
Antibiotics work best when the amount of medicine in your body is kept at a constant level. Therefore, take this drug at evenly spaced intervals.
Continue to take this medication until the full prescribed amount is finished, even if symptoms disappear after a few days. Stopping the medication too early may result in a return of the infection.
Inform your doctor if your condition persists or worsens.
Tell your doctor your medical history, especially of: any allergies (especially to penicillin or cephalosporin antibiotics), kidney disease, stomach problems, colitis. Use of this medication for prolonged or repeated periods may result in a secondary infection (e.g., oral, bladder or vaginal yeast infection). This drug should be used only if clearly needed during pregnancy. Since small amounts of this medication are found in breast milk, consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
Possible side effects of Vantin
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives difficulty breathing swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat. Call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:
diarrhea that is watery or bloody
feeling short of breath, swelling, rapid weight gain
fast or pounding heartbeats
warmth, redness, or tingling under your skin
numbness or tingly feeling or
fever, sore throat, and headache with a severe blistering, peeling, and red skin rash.
Less serious side effects may include:
mild nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, bloating, gas
headache, tired feeling
back pain, muscle pain
sleep problems (insomnia)
anxiety, nervousness, spinning feeling
decreased taste sensation or
urinating more or less than usual.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Tell your doctor about any unusual or bothersome side effect.