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Vantin generically known as Cefpodoxime, is a prescription antibiotic drug used to treat bacterial infections such as pneumonia, bronchitis, and urinary tract infections. It is an effective medication that can help patients recover quickly from their illness. Vantin belongs to a class of antibiotics called cephalosporins, which work by preventing bacteria from forming the cell wall needed for their survival.
To maintain the effectiveness of Vantin and reduce the development of drug-resistant bacteria, it should only be used to treat bacterial infections and should not be used for viral infections such as the common cold or flu. It works by stopping the growth of bacteria that cause the infection, allowing your body to fight off the infection naturally.
Uses and Dosage
Vantin (Cefpodoxime) comes in tablet form and is taken orally with food. Your healthcare provider will determine the exact dosage and duration of treatment based on the type and severity of the infection being treated, as well as your medical history. It is typically taken every 12 hours for 5 to 14 days. Take the medication at the same time(s) each day to maintain a consistent level of the drug in your system.
Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully and ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any part you do not understand. Do not take more or less of Vantin or take it more often than prescribed by your doctor. You should begin to feel better during the first few days of treatment. If your symptoms do not improve or get worse, call your doctor.
The recommended dosages of Cefpodoxime can vary depending on the age of the patient and the condition being treated. Generally,
- For adults and teenagers 12 years of age and older, the recommended dosage is 200 milligrams (mg) taken orally every 12 hours.
- For infants and children 2 months to 12 years of age, the recommended dosage is 5 mg/kg taken orally every 12 hours, with a maximum dose of 200mg per dose.
However, the exact dosage and duration of treatment should be determined by your healthcare provider based on your medical condition and history.
Common Side Effects of Vantin (Cefpodoxime):
- Back pain
- Feeling restless or hyperactive
- Flushing (warmth or redness under your skin)
- Muscle pain
- Numbness or tingly feeling
- Stiff or tight muscles
- Stomach pain
- Tired feeling
Serious Side Effects of Vantin (Cefpodoxime):
- Changes in the amount of urine
- Dark urine
- Easy bruising or bleeding
- Fast or pounding heartbeat
- New signs of infection
- Persistent nausea or vomiting
- Swelling of the ankles or feet
- Trouble breathing
- Yellowing eyes or skin
Form and strength
Vantin (Cefpodoxime) is available in the following forms and strength:
- 100 mg
- 200 mg
- Patients who are allergic to cefpodoxime or any other cephalosporin antibiotics should not use Vantin.
- Patients who have had gastrointestinal infections in the past, especially caused by Clostridium difficile, may be at an increased risk of developing antibiotic-associated diarrhea while taking Vantin.
- Patients with impaired kidney function may require a lower dosage of Vantin or may not be able to take the medication at all. Consult with a healthcare provider before taking Vantin if you have impaired kidney function.
- Vantin may interact with other medications, including antacids or other drugs that reduce stomach acid, as well as blood thinners. Keep a list of all medications you are taking and consult with a healthcare provider before starting Vantin.
- Vantin should only be used during pregnancy or breastfeeding if the benefits outweigh the risks, as the safety of this medication for pregnant or breastfeeding women is not well established. Consult with a healthcare provider before taking Vantin if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Can Vantin be taken while breastfeeding?
Consult your doctor before breastfeeding while taking Vantin.
Are there any drugs that interact with Vantin?
Vantin may interact with other drugs, so inform your healthcare provider if you are taking any other medications or have any medical conditions before starting Vantin therapy.
Can Vantin (cefpodoxime proxetil) be taken during breastfeeding?
Consult with a doctor before taking Vantin (cefpodoxime proxetil) during breastfeeding.
What should I do if I miss a dose of Vantin (cefpodoxime proxetil)?
If you miss a dose of Vantin (cefpodoxime proxetil), take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one.
It's important to purchase Vantin from verified Canadian pharmacy.