What is Suprax?
Suprax is an antibiotic medication that can be used for a wide range of purposes, most of them being the treatment of bacterial infections. Another Suprax generic name is cefixime, and it is a cephalosporin antibiotic. When applied, this drug stops the growth of bacteria and manages to stop it from spreading and making the condition of a patient worse. You need a prescription for this medicine, and it is not an over-the-counter drug.
It should be taken orally with or without food (depends on the condition and doctor’s recommendations), most typically once per day, sometimes twice (every 12 hours). It comes in different forms: liquid and chewable tablets. Your Suprax dose depends on your condition and reaction to treatment. For children, the recommended Suprax dose also depends on their weight.
To achieve the best effect provided by this drug, you should make sure that all Suprax doses are evenly spread throughout the day and are taken at the same time of the day. You should always continue to use this medication for the whole recommended period of time; otherwise, the desired effect might not be achieved. If you are not sure about the dose you need to take, it’s best to consult the doctor first to discuss the crucial details of your antibiotics intake. You should finish the medication even if you start to feel better.
What is Suprax Used For?
Suprax uses include treating different kinds of bacterial infections and diseases caused by bacteria. It has a wide range of purposes and cannot be used by individuals who are allergic to antibiotics. Let’s take a look at the most common Suprax uses and diseases or health conditions that are treated with the help of this drug.
Bronchitis is a type of cough that’s lasting for more than five days and might be developed into chronic bronchitis or respiratory infection. Bronchitis results in the inflammation of the bronchial tubes. Other symptoms of bronchitis include sore throat, headaches, nasal congestion. It’s often caused by a bacterial infection, but not only: other causes include tobacco smoke, chemicals, air pollution, as well as many others. Since bronchitis is a disease caused by a bacterial infection, Suprax can be used for its treatment. It can also be used for treating acute bacterial bronchitis and pneumonia.
Gonorrhea is a bacterial infection that’s caused by the Neisseria gonorrhoeae, which is an organism that can be transmitted during unprotected sex. Most commonly, individuals who are infected with gonorrhea are also infected with chlamydia, which is another similar type of bacteria that leads to STDs.
It cannot be transmitted from door handles, toilet seats, and other surfaces, since the bacteria requires specific conditions to grow and evolve. Suprax cefixime can be used for treating gonorrhea because it stops the bacteria from multiplying and spreading. The bacteria will not be able to form the walls around itself, and it will become vulnerable to medication that’s fighting it.
Infections of the ears, throat, tonsils, and urinary tract
Suprax can be used for treating different kinds of infections, including infections of the ears, throat, tonsils, and urinary tract. The dosage depends on the severeness of disease and age. Suprax works by fighting the bacteria in your body, so you can use and apply it if you are sick with a bacterial infection. Keep in mind that you have to visit the doctor first before taking this type of medicine. You should also avoid taking Suprax if you are allergic to antibiotics.
The Suprax dosage depends on age and condition. To find information about the dose for infants, please contact your doctor to find all the details. Remember that you should always first consult the doctor or hospital service before taking any medication, especially if it’s an antibiotic.
- Moderate pharyngitis, tonsillitis, or bronchitis: 400 mg/day divided every 12 to 24 hours;
- Uncomplicated Urinary Tract Infections: 400 mg/day divided every 12 to 24 hours;
- Mild to moderate otitis media: 400 mg/day divided every 12 to 24 hours;
- Uncomplicated Gonorrhea: 400 mg/day divided every 12 to 24 hours;
- Typhoid Fever: 400 mg/day divided every 12 to 24 hours;
- Chronic Bronchitis: 400 mg/day in a single dose or divided q12hr;
- Otitis Media: 400 mg/day in a single dose or divided q12hr;
- Pharyngitis/Tonsillitis: 400 mg/day in a single dose or divided q12hr;
- Uncomplicated Urinary Tract Infections: 400 mg/day in a single dose or divided q12hr;
- Uncomplicated Gonorrhea: 400 mg once plus azithromycin 1 g once (preferred) or alternatively doxycycline 100 mg q12hr for 7 days;
- Typhoid Fever: 15-20 mg per kg/day divided q12hr for at least 7 days (but not more than 14 days);
Streptococcus pyogenes infections should be treated or at least 10 days. 400 mg PO is the maximum dosage of Suprax for adults that should be divided every 12-24 hours (in some cases, it can also be 200 mg: that depends on the type of treatment you are getting as well as the type of infection you are fighting). If the diseases you are currently dealing with were not found in the list, please contact the doctor to find detailed information about the dosage.
Suprax Dosage Effects
Suprax dosage effects may vary. On this page, you can find many Suprax dosage effects that depend on your age, condition, and taken dose. Please, be cautious when taking this drug. It does not belong to a group of food supplements.
You should seek immediate medical help in case of allergic reactions, some of them being: difficult breathing; hives; swelling of different parts of your face, lips, throat, tongue; other severe reactions and side effects are:
- severe stomach and abdominal pain;
- bloody and/or watery diarrhea;
- yellowed and/or pale skin;
- dark urine;
- problems with your kidneys, some of them being little or no urination, painful urination, swelling of your feet and/or ankles, shortness of breath;
- low blood cell counts, or anemia, which might cause ill-feeling chills, fever, mouth and skin sores, swollen gums, light-headed feeling, etc.;
- the severeness of skin reaction: sore throat, fever, tongue and face swelling, burning eyes, skin pain, and rash; peeling and blistering caused by a skin rash that keeps spreading.
Forms of This Medicine
Liquid suspension comes with 100 mg of Suprax (cefixime).
Each white tablet comes with 400 mg of Suprax (cefixime).
Suprax can also be sometimes taken in the form of intravenous infusion. Consult the doctor before taking any form of a drug. Suprax does not come as a topical gel.
What Suprax’s Side Effects Are Possible?
Suprax is an antibiotic that’s widely used for treating all kinds of bacterial infections and diseases caused by it. Despite its effectiveness, it still has some side effects.
The common Suprax side effects of suprax medication are:
- upset stomach and stomach ache;
- increased night-time urination;
- viganal discahrge and itching;
- runny nose;
- sore throat;
Rare Suprax side effects of Suprax cefixime antibiotic are:
- severe abdominal pain;
- yellowing skin and/or eyes;
- persistent nausea;
- tiredness that doesn’t go away;
- other signs of infections you didn’t experience before;
- changes in the urine’s amount;
- mental and mood changes;
- dark urine.
As mentioned previously, the recommended Suprax dose is 400 mg of Suprax per day. If you take a bigger Suprax dose, you might experience some of the very rare Suprax cefixime side effects that are listed above. You should always contact the doctor even if you experience minor side effects.
In case of any reaction to the Suprax medicine, you should contact the doctor and discontinue taking any Suprax dose to make sure that the symptoms or/and allergic reactions don’t get worse. You should never ignore any kind of side effects that were possibly caused by the intake of Suprax.
Who Shouldn’t Take This Medication?
Consulting the doctor should be prioritized before taking this medication. Patients who are allergic to Suprax should not take this medication. Abuse of Suprax might lead to fatal consequences.
Precautions For This Medication
Antibiotics should always be taken carefully. There are many considerations and nuances you should keep in mind when deciding to take not only Suprax but any other antibiotic as well. Your allergies should also be taken into account when considering taking antibiotics. In the case of Suprax, you should consult the doctor and get tested to make sure that this medication is safe for you.
Suprax can cause allergies, and people who are allergic to cephalosporin antibiotics should not take those. If you are not sure if you are allergic to Suprax, you should get tested. Tell your doctor if you are allergic to Suprax or other similar medication. The tablet might contain phenylalanine, which you might be allergic to as well.
Before taking Suprax, please contact the doctor and study the components, since there is always a chance you might be allergic to any of them.
Most antibiotics can become a cause of pseudomembranous colitis, so every patient who gets such kind of treatment should be aware of the risks. However, some antibiotics are more often connected to pseudomembranous colitis than other drugs, one of them being Suprax, together with other antibiotics such as Clindamycin, Penicillins, and Fluoroquinolones.
Immune-mediated Hemolytic anemia has been reported. Hematologic parameters should be monitored after 2-3 weeks of treatment. If Hemolytic anemia happens during the treatment, the intake should be immediately discontinued. The patient should be treated properly and consult the doctor to discuss further treatment and further actions.
There are no adequate studies that indicate possible dangers and risks for pregnant women. The same goes for nursing mothers. There is no information about Suprax being excreted in breastmilk. Studies in animals don’t show any impact on the fetus.
In children, this medication can also be taken. First, it is better to consult the doctor to decide on the dosage and other nuances. Remember that children’s organisms are more vulnerable, and the intake of any kind of antibiotics should be properly regulated. The same goes for infants.
Drug interactions with other medications might occur. Here is a review of some of the interactions:
Raised carbamazepine levels have been reported in times when Suprax was administered at the same time.
Warfarin And Anticoagulants
The prothrombin time was increased, with and without clinical bleeding, and it was reported in times when Suprax was also administered.
Drug/Laboratory Test Interactions
False-positive reactions for ketones in urine might take place during the tests while using the nitroprusside but not while using nitroferricyanide. Other false-positive reactions might include a false-positive reaction for glucose while using Benedict’s or Fehling’s solutions, so it’s recommended for glucose tests to be based on enzymatic glucose oxidase reactions. False-positive tests have also been observed among Coombs tests during the treatment with other cephalosporins. There are no indications of the influence of Suprax on adrenaline levels.
Keep in mind that in case of any side effects or allergic reactions, you should immediately discontinue the usage of this drug and contact the medical services to avoid the progression of the reaction that might even lead to fatal consequences.
You should always consult the doctor first before taking any form of this drug. There is a possibility of overdose, so you should not go over the mentioned Suprax dose for a day and contact the doctor if you have taken a bigger Suprax dose. Please, keep it away from kids in safe and dry places. Don’t give this medicine to animals.