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Cefpodoxime Proxetil

Molecule Description

Cefpodoxime Proxetil is used to treat infections caused by bacteria such as pne

umonia, bronchitis and other infections of the nose, throat, skin, urinary tract, etc. It belongs to the antibiotic group of medicines. Cefpodoxime Proxetil is available in the form of tablet, syrup, tabcap. Inform your doctor if you are pregnant, planning a pregnancy or breastfeeding and about all the medicines and supplements you take and all the conditions or diseases you suffer from before starting cefpodoxime proxetil.


Uses of Cefpodoxime Proxetil

Cefpodoxime Proxetil is used for the treatment of respiratory tract infection like bronchitis, pneumonia and infections of the ear, tonsils, sinuses, throat, skin, urinary tract, etc.

Contraindications of Cefpodoxime Proxetil

When should one not use Cefpodoxime Proxetil

If you are allergic to cefpodoxime proxetil or similar medicines like penicillin or other beta-lactam antibiotics.

Side effects of Cefpodoxime Proxetil

Common side effects of this drug are:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Stomach pain
  • Diarrhoea
  • Oral and vaginal fungal infection

Precautions and Warnings of Cefpodoxime Proxetil



Can I take cefpodoxime proxetil during pregnancy?
It is not advised to take cefpodoxime proxetil during pregnancy until it is considered essential by the doctor and potential risks justify the benefits.

Breast Feeding

Can I take cefpodoxime proxetil while breastfeeding?
Cefpodoxime Proxetil passes into the breastmilk in small quantities. However, this medicine can be used while breastfeeding if considered essential by the doctor. In case of diarrhoea or fungal infection in the breastfed baby, consult your doctor for further information.


Can I drive if I have consumed cefpodoxime proxetil?
Cefpodoxime Proxetil may cause dizziness, thus you need to be cautious while driving.


Can I consume alcohol with cefpodoxime proxetil?
Avoid consuming alcohol with cefpodoxime proxetil, as it may worsen the side effects.

Other General Warnings

Talk to your doctor if
  • You have a history of allergy to medicines called cephalosporins or penicillins
  • You have any problems with your kidney, stomach or intestine
  • You are using any other antibacterial medicines
  • You experience watery and bloody diarrhoea
  • Do not use cefpodoxime proxetil for a prolonged duration

Mode of Action of Cefpodoxime Proxetil

How Does It Work?

Cefpodoxime Proxetil works by inhibiting the growth of bacteria and killing them by inhibiting the synthesis of the bacterial cell wall.

Interactions of Cefpodoxime Proxetil

Interactions with other medicines

  • Some medicines can affect the way cefpodoxime proxetil works or this medicine itself can reduce the effectiveness of other medicines taken at the same time.
  • Tell your doctor about all the medicines, supplements or herbals you are currently taking or might take to avoid any possible interaction.
  • Especially if you are taking medicines to treat gout or taking antacids, blood-thinning medicines.

Dosage of Cefpodoxime Proxetil


Symptoms of overdose may include nausea, vomiting, headache, stomach pain, severe diarrhoea, fits. Seek urgent medical help if you suspect an overdose.

Missed a Dose

If you have missed any dose of cefpodoxime proxetil, then take it as soon as you remember. If it is already time for the next dose, then skip the missed dose and follow the regular dosing schedule. Do...
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Content Details


Dr. Arpit Verma

MBBS, MD (Pharmacology)


Dr. Ritu Budania

MBBS, MD (Pharmacology)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


Q: In which all dosage forms is cefpodoxime proxetil available?

A: Cefpodoxime Proxetil is available in the form of tablet, syrup, tabcap.

Q: What is cefpodoxime proxetil used for?

A: Cefpodoxime Proxetil is used to treat bacterial infections of the respiratory tract, ear, tonsils, sinuses, throat, skin, urinary tract, etc.
Last Updated on: 26 Oct 2021 | 10:06 PM (IST)
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