General Information on Suprax
Suprax is an antibiotic used for treating different types of bacterial infections in human body. Its generic name is Cefixime, and it belongs to the group of drugs known as cephalosporin antibiotics.
The medicine is available in the form of oral tablets. It performs its action by fighting against the bacteria responsible for the infection.
Your doctor will recommend you to buy Suprax only to treat a bacterial infection. This medicine is ineffective on viral infections such as common flu or cold.
Side effects of Suprax
Antibiotics may commonly cause diarrhea. But if your diarrhea is bloody or watery, you should immediately contact your doctor. This can be a sign of a new infection.
Some common side effects associated with Suprax include:
- Mild nausea, constipation, stomach pain or loss of appetite
- Drowsiness and anxiety
- Increased urination during nights
- Sore throat, runny nose and cough
- Vaginal discharge or itching
These are mild side effects of the drug and can be easily managed with or without medical help. But you should notify your doctor immediately if any of these become too bothersome.
Seek medical attention immediately if you develop any of the serious side effects of the drug. Such side effects include:
- Tingling or numb feeling
- Fever, joint pain and sore throat with severe peeling, blistering or red skin rash
- Tingling, redness or warmth under the skin
- Swelling on feet or hands
- Pounding or fast heartbeat
- Shortness of breath and chest pain
Dosage of Suprax
Usually, your doctor will recommend you to take one Suprax tablet every 12 hours. This means that you will have to take two Suprax tablets in a day. The duration of treatment is usually 5 to 13 days. However, it depends on the type and severity of your bacterial infection.
Your doctor will advise you to take Suprax with food or within 30 minutes of taking a meal. The medicine is available in chewable tablet form as well as in extended release tablet form. If you are using chewable tablets, you should chew it completely before swallowing it. But if you are using extended release tablet form of the medicine, you will have to swallow it whole without chewing, breaking, dissolving or crushing it.
You will have to complete the course of treatment, even if your symptoms diminish before that. The symptoms of the infection might have been diminished, but infection must not have been treated completely. If you stop taking the medicine before the completion of full period of prescription, the infection may return.
Usually, your doctor will not recommend you to buy Suprax along with an antacid. But if taking an antacid is inevitable, your doctor will advise you not to take the antacid within one hour of taking Suprax. Antacids may make absorption of Cefixime harder.
Some other medicines that may interact with Suprax include Aspirin, Augmentin, Allopurinol, Flexeril, Keflex, Ibuprofen, Fluticasone Nasal, Ciprofloxacin and Cymbalta. Inform your doctor beforehand if you are taking any of these medicines at present.