If you are receiving Suprax, it is for the treatment of a bacterial infection.1 Bacteria are tiny, single-celled organisms that are a normal part of our environment. In fact, our bodies contain "good" bacteria to help us digest food.2
There are many different kinds of bacteria. There can also be important differences between bacteria that seem nearly the same. When scientists are describing a specific kind of bacteria within a species, they often refer to it as a "strain."
Viruses are smaller than bacteria and have a different way of causing infections. Medicines that kill bacteria do not kill viruses.2 A bacterial infection happens when a particular strain of bacteria starts to grow too much, or is growing in a place where it doesn't belong. The body's immune system fights back, causing symptoms such as fever, pain, or swelling of the infected area.3
Suprax works against certain types of bacteria that cause common infections:
- Uncomplicated urinary tract infections
- Pharyngitis or tonsillitis
- Acute exacerbations of chronic bronchitis
If your doctor prescribed you or a family member Suprax, they have diagnosed a bacterial (not viral) infection. Suprax is an antibiotic that has a high cure rate for the kinds of bacteria that often cause these infections.1 Your doctor or nurse will instruct you on the length of treatment. Always complete the entire course of treatment unless told otherwise, and never share your medications with others.
1. Suprax® Prescribing Information. 2. Centers for Disease Control. Antibiotics are not always the answer. https://www.cdc.gov/features/getsmart/index.html. Accessed January 5, 2017. 3. Strep throat. MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia. https://medlineplus.gov/ency/article/000655.htm. Accessed January 5, 2017.
- 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.
- 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.