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Cefpodoxime (Vantin)

Cefpodoxime is an antibiotic that is used to treat various bacterial infections.

It belongs to the class of medications called cephalosporins, which are a type of beta-lactam antibiotics. Cefpodoxime is a third-generation cephalosporin, which means it has a broader spectrum of activity compared to earlier-generation cephalosporins.

Cefpodoxime works by targeting and interfering with the construction of bacterial cell walls. It does this by attaching to specific proteins, known as penicillin-binding proteins (PBPs), which are crucial for building the cell wall.

This binding halts the final step of the cell wall formation, leading to weakened bacterial structures and eventually causing the bacteria to break apart and die.

Cefpodoxime is used to treat a wide variety of infections, including respiratory tract infections, urinary tract infections, skin and soft tissue infections, and bone and joint infections.

It is not meant to be used for viral infections, such as the common cold or flu.

Cefpodoxime is available in tablet, capsule, and oral suspension forms.

In the United States, cefpodoxime is available under the following brand names:

  • Vantin

Common side effects associated with cefpodoxime may include:

  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Stomach pain

More serious side effects that should be reported to your healthcare provider immediately may include:

  • Severe stomach cramps or abdominal pain
  • Watery or bloody stools
  • Difficulty breathing or swallowing
  • Wheezing
  • Signs of a new infection such as sore throat, chills, or a fever
  • Rash, hives, or itching
  • Dark urine
  • Jaundice

The above lists of possible side effects associated with cefpodoxime are not exhaustive and other side effects may occur. If you experience any severe or persistent side effects while taking cefpodoxime, it is important to contact your healthcare provider right away.

If you have any signs of an allergic reaction, such as swelling of the face, lips, tongue or throat, difficulty breathing, or hives, seek immediate medical attention.

Frequently Asked Questions About Cefpodoxime

What Is Cefpodoxime Used to Treat?

Cefpodoxime is used to treat a variety of bacterial infections. Depending on the type, severity, and the bacteria causing the infection as well as other individual factors, cefpodoxime may be used to treat infections such as bronchitis, pneumonia, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), urinary infections (caused by Escherichia coli, Klebsiella pneumoniae, Proteus mirabilis, or Staphylococcus saprophyticus), strep throat, tonsilitis, bacterial rhinosinusitis,  ear infections (acute otitis media), uncomplicated skin and soft tissue infections, and some odontogenic soft tissue infection.

What Are the Most Common Side Effects of Cefpodoxime?

The most common side effects associated with cefpodoxime are gastrointestinal-related such as nausea, diarrhea, and stomach pain. These side effects are typically mild and usually do not require medical attention unless they become severe or persistent. It is important to report any concerning side effects to your healthcare provider.

What Is the Typical Starting Dose of Cefpodoxime?

The exact starting dose of cefpodoxime may vary depending on various factors, including the type and severity of the infection being treated, as well as individual medical history.

For most bacterial infections the dosage ranges between 100mg and 200 mg taken twice daily for a period of  7-14 days. Some example dosages for specific infections include:

  • Pneumonia: 200mg twice daily for a minimum of 5 days.
  • Skin and soft tissue infections: 400mg every 12 hours for 7 to 14 days.
  • Mild strep throat: 100 mg twice daily for 5 to 10 days.
  • Uncomplicated urinary tract infections: 100 mg twice daily for 5 to 7 days.

However, it’s important to remember that the actual dosage will depend on the infection being treated. Always follow your healthcare provider’s instructions and do not adjust the dose without consulting with them first.

How to Take Cefpodoxime?

Cefpodoxime is typically taken orally, either in tablet, capsule, or oral suspension form. It can be taken with or without food. Take it with food if the drug causes an upset stomach.

If you are using the oral suspension form of cefpodoxime, make sure to shake the bottle well before each use and measure out the prescribed amount using a special measuring spoon or medicine cup.

Take it at evenly spaced intervals to maintain a consistent level of the drug in your body and to ensure maximum effectiveness.

Always complete the full course of treatment, even if you start feeling better before the end. Stopping medication early may lead to incomplete treatment, which can cause the infection to return or become resistant to antibiotics.

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not double up on doses to make up for a missed one.

It’s important to follow your healthcare provider’s instructions carefully when taking cefpodoxime.

Can Cefpodoxime Be Taken During Pregnancy or While Breastfeeding?

If you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant, talk to your healthcare provider before taking cefpodoxime.

Cefpodoxime is present in breast milk, so if you are breastfeeding, consult with your healthcare provider before taking cefpodoxime. They may advise you to stop breastfeeding while taking the medication.

Do You Need a Prescription for Cefpodoxime?

Yes, cefpodoxime is a prescription medication and cannot be obtained over the counter.

Can You Get an Online Prescription for Cefpodoxime From DrHouse?

Yes, you can get an online prescription for cefpodoxime from DrHouse.

During the online visit, the doctor will evaluate your medical condition and determine whether cefpodoxime is the best course of action for your infection. If it is deemed appropriate, the doctor can electronically send a prescription to your local pharmacy, allowing for convenient and efficient treatment.


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Frequently asked questions

  • Yes, you can get a new prescription or refill an existing one online through DrHouse. You just need to start a consultation with one of our licensed providers and they will be able to assess your needs and provide you with a prescription if necessary.

    Please note that the final decision always rests with the doctor based on their professional judgment and your health needs.

  • There are certain medications that cannot be prescribed online by DrHouse physicians due to safety reasons. These include controlled substances, such as opioids and other narcotics, as well as drugs with a high potential for abuse or dependence. DrHouse physicians also don’t prescribe Gabapentin, medical marijuana, muscle relaxants, and HRT medications.

  • With DrHouse getting a new prescription or a refill for your current Rx is a straightforward and quick process. All you need to do is follow a few easy steps:

    • Download the DrHouse telehealth app on your mobile device.
    • Create an account by providing basic information and medical history.
    • Start an on-demand virtual video consultation with one of our licensed physicians.
    • Discuss your medical needs and concerns with one of our physicians.
    • A doctor will review your medical history, symptoms, and current medications (if any) to determine if an online prescription is appropriate for you.
    • If a physician approves, they will electronically send a new prescription or refill request to the pharmacy of your choice.
    • Pick up your medication from the pharmacy.

    DrHouse makes it easy for you to get an online prescription from the comfort of your own home. No more waiting in line at the doctor’s office or pharmacy, and no need to take time off work to see a doctor. Our telehealth platform allows you to access quality medical care from anywhere with an internet connection.

    For more information about how our telehealth platform works visit our “How DrHouse Works” page.

  • During your virtual consultation with a DrHouse physician, you will have the opportunity to discuss your medical needs and concerns.

    The consultation will consist of a video call where a physician will assess your medical history and ask you questions about your symptoms and any other relevant information. This is to ensure that a physician has all the necessary information to make an informed decision about your prescription.

    You can also ask any questions or clarify any doubts you may have about your condition or medication. Our physicians are happy to address any concerns you may have.

    Once a physician has assessed your needs, they will determine if and what type of prescription is appropriate for you. If a new prescription or refill is approved, a doctor will send it electronically to your chosen pharmacy.

  • With our on-demand telehealth service, you have the opportunity to see the first available doctor in as little as 10 to 15 minutes. However, the exact consult time will depend on the complexity of your case and the thoroughness required by the healthcare provider to make an informed decision.

  • Absolutely, it is safe to get an online prescription from DrHouse. We are committed to ensuring the highest standards of patient safety and privacy.

    All our providers are highly qualified US-based physicians and often affiliated with major hospitals. They are board-certified and from the top U.S. medical schools with an average of 20 years of experience.

    We strictly adhere to HIPAA regulations, ensuring your personal and medical information is kept secure and confidential. Also, we comply with all applicable state and federal laws related to telehealth and the prescribing of medications.

    Therefore, you can rest assured knowing that your safety and privacy are our top priorities when you use DrHouse’s services.

  • DrHouse strives to provide accessible and affordable telehealth services. DrHouse urgent care, primary care, and specialist visits are $129 or your copay. This includes everything from your initial consultation through to the prescription of your medication.

    The cost of a doctor’s visit may be covered fully by your insurance. A typical copay is around $25. We recommend checking with your insurance provider to understand the extent of your coverage for telehealth services.

    To learn more about how much DrHouse costs, visit our pricing page

  • Yes, DrHouse accepts most major insurances, including Blue Cross Blue Shield, Aetna, and Medicare. The extent of coverage may vary depending on your individual plan.

  • Our physicians are able to prescribe up to a 90-day prescription without labs for any previously prescribed medication if it’s medically appropriate and is not classified as a controlled substance.

    DrHouse physicians also don’t prescribe Gabapentin, medical marijuana, muscle relaxants, and HRT medications.

    DrHouse physicians use their medical judgment to determine whether to prescribe and the duration.

    In certain cases, the prescription may be limited to 30 days or less. There also may be a 12-month cap for some prescriptions without labs. For medications requiring annual monitoring (such as blood work or imaging), the maximum prescription limit is 90 days within a year without labs.

    DrHouse physicians can refer patients to labs for longer prescription periods or refills.