Simplicef (Cefpodoxime Proxetil)
What is Simplicef (Cefpodoxime Proxetil) used for?
Simplicef (Cefpodoxime Proxetil) is an oral cephalosporin antibiotic used to treat a wide variety of bacterial infections. The medication operates by preventing or slowing the reproduction of bacteria cells allowing the immune system to naturally eliminate the infection. It is commonly used for the treatment of infections affecting the upper respiratory tract, lungs, middle ear, urinary tract, skin, or soft tissues. Your doctor may prescribe this medicine to be used along with others or for the treatment of other unlisted conditions.
How should I use Simplicef (Cefpodoxime Proxetil)?
Simplicef (Cefpodoxime Proxetil) should be used strictly as directed by your doctor to get the safest and most effective results from treatment. Most patients are prescribed one tablet to be taken twice daily, every twelve hours, for a medication cycle lasting one or two weeks. These should be swallowed with a large glass of water and may be taken with or without food, although a snack or meal is suggested prior to use if you get an upset stomach. Do not alter the form of the tablets by crushing or splitting them to avoid unintentionally destroying or altering the effects of their contents. Never stop taking the medicine before being told to do so, even if your symptoms have disappeared, as the infection may not be gone and can return stronger or more resistant to treatment. Ask your doctor or pharmacist any questions you have before using the medication to ensure the correct administration.
What are the side effects of Simplicef (Cefpodoxime Proxetil)?
The use of Simplicef (Cefpodoxime Proxetil) may cause side effects in some patients including:
Contact your doctor immediately if any serious or worrying side effects occur such as faintness, fever, flu symptoms, irregular heartbeats, sensitive skin, easier bruising, dehydration, severe diarrhoea that is bloody or watery, seizures, darkened urine, discoloured stools, or jaundice. These conditions may require lower doses, reduced frequency of administration, or immediate medical attention in serious cases to prevent further complications from occurring.
Simplicef (Cefpodoxime Proxetil) should not be used to treat patients who are lactose intolerant, allergic to aspartame, allergic to cephalosporin antibiotics, or who have porphyrias. Also inform your doctor if you have an allergic to penicillin antibiotics or if you have reduced kidney function as these conditions may cause unexpected health complications requiring alterations to your regimen.
Strictly use Simplicef (Cefpodoxime Proxetil) as prescribed and follow all instructions provided by your doctor. Safe, suitable, and optimum dosage can vary and is dependent on the patient`s health and medical history, as well as the condition you are treating.
Simplicef (Cefpodoxime Proxetil) may not be safe or suitable for all patients. Always ensure your doctor is informed if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, using any other type of medication (including non-prescription medicine, vitamins, and supplements), as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or pre-existing medication conditions.
Seek immediate medical attention or proceed to your nearest accident and emergency department if you suffer a hypersensitive or allergic reaction. Symptoms usually present during a reaction of this nature include difficulty breathing or swallowing, swelling of the limbs or face, tight chest, hives, and skin rashes.