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Cefpodoxime is a drug classed as a cephalosporin antibiotic; its primary function is to stop the growth of bacteria. Cefpodoxime is commonly used to treat a variety of medical conditions such as pneumonia, bronchitis, urinary tract infections, infections of the throat, tonsils, ear, skin, and more.

How to Use Cefpodoxime

Cefpodoxime is most often given as a tablet or a liquid, taken every 12 hours for up to two weeks depending on your particular medical condition. Tablets should be taken with food; the liquid can be taken with or without food. If your doctor prescribes cefpodoxime for your treatment, consult with your doctor or compounding pharmacist if you have questions during your course.

Possible Side Effects

Side effects may be possible with cefpodoxime and often differ from person to person. Some patients might experience no side effects at all while others may notice one or more side effects. Common side effects seen with cefpodoxime are:

  • Abdominal Cramps
  • Nausea and Vomiting
  • Oral Candidiasis
  • Diarrhea

Other side effects are possible. Monitor your condition and seek medical help if you feel you need it. If any side effects are increasing in intensity or lingering (not going away) then contact your doctor.

Severe Side Effects:

As there are many potentially severe side effects, anyone considering the use of cefpodoxime should first consult with their doctor to decide if cefpodoxime is right for them and what severe side effects may be possible.


Cefpodoxime is contraindicated for any patient with the following conditions, sensitivities, or allergies:

  • Allergy (to cephalosporin antibiotics or their ingredients)
  • Pseudomembranous Colitis
  • Seizures
  • Clostridium Difficile Bacteria Related Colitis
  • Abnormal Liver Function
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