Suprax (Cefixime) | Glossary of Terms

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USES

  • SUPRAX® (cefixime) is a cephalosporin antibiotic, used in patients six months of age or older to treat urinary tract, ear, throat, upper respiratory or tonsil infections, as well chronic bronchitis and uncomplicated gonorrhea. This medication will not treat viral infections such as the cold or the flu. In order for this medication to work, it should be taken for the entire length of time prescribed by your doctor.

IMPORTANT FACTS ABOUT SUPRAX

DO NOT USE IF YOU

  • Are allergic to cefixime or to other cephalosporins.

WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS

  • Stop using and get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat, hives, or difficulty breathing.
Glossary
Antibiotic

A medicine that kills bacteria or stops them from growing

Bacteria

Small, single-celled organisms that live on most surfaces, including on the skin and inside the gut

Bacterial infection

An illness caused by bacteria growing out of control or where they don't belong

Bronchitis

A condition in which the small airways of the lungs become inflamed

Infection

An illness caused by an organism growing inside the body. Infections can be caused by bacteria, viruses, or other single-celled organisms like fungi and amoebae.

Inflammation

The condition of swelling, pain/tenderness, and heat caused by the body's reaction to infection or injury

Otitis media

An infection in the middle part of the ear (behind the ear drum)

Pharyngitis

An infection of the back of the throat that can be caused by either bacteria or viruses. A serious condition that can develop from a strep infection

Strain (of bacteria)

Within a particular species of bacteria, a specific group of bacteria that is slightly different. Example: a certain strain of bacteria may not respond to an antibiotic that usually works on that species.

Strep throat

A sore throat caused by infection with Group A Streptococcus bacteria

Symptoms

The outward signs of an illness, such as fever, coughing, or pain

Tonsils

Structures in the back of the throat that help the body fight infection.

Tonsillitis

An infection of the tonsils

Urinary tract infection

An infection of the bladder, kidneys, or other organs that pass urine

Virus/viruses

A very tiny infectious agent that lives in other cells. Viruses are different from bacteria because they are not cells. Antibiotics have no effect on a viral infection.




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USES

  • SUPRAX® (cefixime) is a cephalosporin antibiotic, used in patients six months of age or older to treat urinary tract, ear, throat, upper respiratory or tonsil infections, as well chronic bronchitis and uncomplicated gonorrhea. This medication will not treat viral infections such as the cold or the flu. In order for this medication to work, it should be taken for the entire length of time prescribed by your doctor.

IMPORTANT FACTS ABOUT SUPRAX


DO NOT USE IF YOU

  • Are allergic to cefixime or to other cephalosporins.

WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS

  • Stop using and get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat, hives, or difficulty breathing.
  • This medication may cause a severe intestinal condition (Clostridium difficile-associated diarrhea) due to a resistant bacterium. Tell your doctor immediately if you develop persistent diarrhea, abdominal or stomach pain/cramping or blood/mucus in your stool.
  • Tell your doctor if you have a history of kidney disease.
  • Before having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist that you are using SUPRAX. Your blood clotting activity (prothrombin time) will need to be checked.
  • SUPRAX can cause unusual results with certain urine and blood tests. Tell your doctor who treats you that you are using this medication.
  • You should know that unnecessary use of antibiotics may increase the risk of developing antibiotic-resistant infections.
  • SUPRAX Chewable Tablets contain aspartame, a source of phenylalanine. Tablets of 100, 150, and 200 mg strength contain 3.3, 5, and 6.7 mg of phenylalanine, respectively.

SIDE EFFECTS

  • The most common side effects are diarrhea, nausea, loose stools, gases and dyspepsia (belly pain or discomfort).

ASK A DOCTOR BEFORE USE IF

  • You are taking the drug carbamazepine.
  • You are taking a blood thinner.
  • You are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding your baby. It is not known if this medication passes into breast milk and whether it may harm a nursing baby.

The risk information provided here is not complete. To learn more, talk about SUPRAX with your doctor or pharmacist. The FDA-approved product labeling can be found at www.supraxrx.com.


You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch, call 1-800-FDA-1088, or call Lupin Pharmaceuticals, Inc. at 1-800-399-2561.