July 25, 2014
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Suprax

(cefixime)

DIN (Drug Identification Number)

00868965 SUPRAX 100MG/5ML SUSPENSION
00868981 SUPRAX 400MG TABLET

How does Suprax work? What will it do for me?

Cefixime is an antibiotic that belongs to the family of medications known as cephalosporins. It is used to treat certain types of bacterial infections. It is most commonly used to treat gonorrhea as well as infections of the ear, sinus, bladder, throat, and lung.

Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. As well, some forms of this medication may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are taking this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor.

Do not give this medication to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to take this medication if their doctor has not prescribed it.

How should I use Suprax?

The recommended adult dose of cefixime is 400 mg taken once a day.

The recommended children's dose is 8 mg per kilogram of body weight taken once daily. Children weighing more than 50 kg or who are older than 12 years should be treated with the recommended adult dose.

The liquid form of this medication should be measured accurately with a medication spoon or oral syringe. Shake the medication well before measuring each dose.

Cefixime liquid is good for 14 days at room temperature or refrigerated. Any leftover liquid should be discarded after 14 days.

Finish all of this medication, even you start to feel better. This will reduce the chance of the infection returning.

Many things can affect the dose of a medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are taking the medication without consulting your doctor.

It is important to take this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you miss a dose, take it as soon as possible and continue with your regular schedule. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.

Store this medication at room temperature and keep it out of the reach of children.

Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.





What form(s) does Suprax come in?

Liquid

Each 5 mL of reconstituted suspension contains 100 mg of cefixime. Nonmedicinal ingredients: artificial strawberry flavour, sodium benzoate, sucrose, and xanthan gum.

Tablets

Each oblong, biconvex, white, film-coated tablet, with rounded flattened corners, scored on each side, and engraved with "EM 400" on one side, contains cefixime 400 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: calcium phosphate dibasic dihydrate, hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, light mineral oil, magnesium stearate, microcrystalline cellulose, pregelatinized starch, sodium lauryl sulfate, and titanium dioxide. This medication does not contain gluten or lactose.

Who should NOT take Suprax?

Cefixime should not be taken by anyone who:

  • is allergic to cefixime or to any of the ingredients of the medication
  • is allergic to any of the cephalosporin antibiotics

People allergic to penicillin should take this medication with caution as they have an increased risk of being allergic to cephalosporin antibiotics.

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