Simplicef (Cefpodoxime Proxetil)
What is Simplicef (Cefpodoxime Proxetil) used for?
Simplicef (Cefpodoxime Proxetil) is an oral cephalosporin antibiotic prescribed for the treatment of a large variety of bacterial infections. It operates by slowing or preventing the reproduction of bacteria cells allowing the immune system to eliminate the infection naturally. Conditions commonly treated by this medication include bacterial lung infections, urinary tract infections, ear infections, upper respiratory infections, or for the treatment of gonorrhea. It should be noted that this medication is only effective against infections caused by bacteria and will have no effect on those caused by a fungus or virus. Your physician may prescribe this medication to be used along with others or for the treatment of other unlisted conditions, as well.
How should I use Simplicef (Cefpodoxime Proxetil)?
Most patients using Simplicef (Cefpodoxime Proxetil) are prescribed one tablet to be taken twice daily, every twelve hours, for a cycle of medication lasting one or two weeks. The correct dosage will be determined by your physician based on your age, weight, current health, the condition being treated, and the severity of your symptoms. These should be swallowed with a full glass of water and may be taken on an empty stomach, although a snack or meal is suggested prior to use if you experience nausea. Never change the form of the tablets prior to use by splitting or crushing them as this may destroy or change the effects of their contents. Always ask your pharmacist or physician any questions you have regarding the medication to ensure the correct usage.
What are the side effects of Simplicef (Cefpodoxime Proxetil)?
Some patients using Simplicef (Cefpodoxime Proxetil) may experience side effects such as:
Stop taking the medication and contact your physician as soon as possible if any serious or worrying symptoms appear including severe headaches, fever, flu symptoms, faintness, irregular heartbeats, unusual swelling, dehydration, seizures, severe diarrhea that is bloody or watery, darkened urine, discolored stools, or jaundice. These conditions may require lower doses, reduced application frequency, or immediate medical attention in serious cases to prevent further health complications from occurring.
Simplicef (Cefpodoxime Proxetil) should not be used by patients who are allergic to cephalosporin antibiotics, babies under fifteen days old, lactose intolerant, or allergic to aspartame. Also inform your physician if you have an allergy to penicillin antibiotics or reduced kidney function as these conditions may cause unexpected problems requiring alterations to your regimen.
Strictly follow all instructions provided to you by your physician or pharmacist while using Simplicef (Cefpodoxime Proxetil). Optimum and safe dosage can differ based on the patient and the condition being treated.
As this medication may be unsafe for certain patients, it is essential you always inform your physician if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or ongoing health conditions, and if you are taking any other form of medication, supplements, or herbal products.
Immediately seek emergency medical care if you have an allergic or hypersensitive reaction. Common signs of a reaction include hives, swelling, skin rashes, chest pains, as well as trouble breathing or swallowing.