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Cefixime (Suprax)

What is it?

Cefixime is an antibiotic that can be used to treat infections.

How to take this medication:

This medication can be taken with or without food.

Do NOT take this medication if you:

Are allergic to Cefixime.

Are allergic to any of the cephalosporin or penicillin antibiotics.

Are allergic to any of the ingredients in the medication (calcium phosphate dibasic dihydrate, hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, light mineral oil, magnesium stearate, microcrystalline cellulose, pregelatinized starch, sodium lauryl sulfate and titanium dioxide).

Have a history of cephalosporin-associated hemolytic anemia (where a use of a medication called Cephalosporin triggers the body’s immune system to destroy its own red blood cells causing anemia).

Tell your health care provider if you:

You are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Your kidneys are not working properly.

You have a history of gastrointestinal disease (stomach/bowel problems).

Side effects:

Cefixime may cause some side effects. They are usually mild and go away after the medicine is stopped. The most common side effects are:

  • Diarrhea (mild)
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Mild stomach cramps
  • Flatulence (gas)
  • Headache
  • Vomiting

Seek medical attention right away if you experience seizures while taking this medication.

As with other antibiotics, if you develop diarrhea that becomes severe and watery or does not go away, stop taking the medicine and call your health care provider. This could be a sign of a serious medical problem. Do not take over-the-counter medications to treat diarrhea without first consulting with your health care provider.

Allergic reactions to this medication are rare, but these reactions can be very serious if not treated right away. If you experience any of the following symptoms, seek medical attention right away:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Swelling in the face, mouth and neck
  • Severe skin rash, hives or blisters

Drug interactions:

Tell your health care provider about any over-the-counter or prescription medications you are taking, including blood thinners.


Store tablets at room temperature. Do not allow medication to freeze. Keep out of reach and sight of children.

Points to remember:

This medication is meant to treat your current infection only. If you are in a sexual relationship, your partner(s) will also need treatment for this infection. If your partner(s) is/are not treated, they can re-infect you with the same bacteria. Talk to your health care provider about treatment for your sexual partner(s).

Sometimes this medication doesn’t always get rid of the infection. It is important that you get follow-up testing after taking this medication to make sure that your infection is gone. Make a plan with your health care provider for follow-up testing.