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Why is this medication prescribed?
Ceftibuten is used to treat some bacterial infections such bronchitis, an infection of the airways leading to the lungs, as well as tonsil, throat, and ear infections. Ceftibuten belongs to the group of drugs known as cephalosporin antibiotics. It eliminates bacteria to operate.
Ceftibuten and other antibiotics like it won’t treat viral infections like the flu, colds, or other things. Antibiotic overuse raises the likelihood that you’ll get an infection later on that is resistant to antibiotic therapy.
How should this medicine be used?
Ceftibuten is available as a liquid solution and capsule for oral consumption. The normal dosage is one dose every day for ten days. The capsules can be taken with or without food; the suspension should be taken on an empty stomach at least 2 hours before or 1 hour after eating. Ceftibuten should be taken every day at about the same time. Ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any instructions on your prescription label that you are unsure about following. Use ceftibuten precisely as prescribed. Never take it in larger or less amounts or more frequently than directed by your doctor.
Before each use, thoroughly shake the suspension to combine the medication.
Within the first several days of receiving ceftibuten medication, you should start to feel better. See your doctor if your symptoms do not disappear or worsen.
Regardless of whether you feel better, keep taking ceftibuten. Your illness might not be fully treated and the bacteria might develop antibiotic resistance if you stop taking ceftibuten too soon or skip doses.
Other uses for this medicine
UTIs can occasionally be treated with ceftibuten as well. Discuss the dangers of using this drug for your illness with your doctor.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more details if you think this drug may be recommended for other conditions.
What special precautions should I follow?
Before taking ceftibuten,
- If you have a ceftibuten allergy, let your doctor and pharmacist know. You should also let them know if you have allergies to any other cephalosporin antibiotics, such as cefaclor (Ceclor), cefadroxil cefzolin (Ancef, Kefzol), cefdinir, cefditoren (Spectracef), cefepime (Maxipime), cefixime (Suprax), cefotaxime (Claforan), cefprozil, ceftaroline (Teflaro), ceftazidime (Fortaz, Tazicef, in Avycaz), cefuroxime (Zinacef), and cephalexin (Keflex), as well as any additional drugs. Moreover, let your doctor know if any of the components in ceftibuten liquid or pills cause you an adverse reaction.
- Inform your doctor and pharmacist about all prescription and over-the-counter drugs, vitamins, herbal items, and nutritional supplements you are now taking or intend to use. Your physician might need to adjust the dosage of your drugs or keep a close eye on you for side effects.
- Inform your doctor if you have or have ever had kidney illness, colitis (a disorder that causes swelling in the lining of the colon [large intestine]), or any other gastrointestinal (GI; affecting the stomach or intestines) disease.
- If you are breastfeeding a child or intend to become pregnant, let your doctor know. Call your physician if you conceive while taking ceftibuten.
- Ceftibuten suspension solution contains sucrose, which you should be aware of if you have diabetes (sugar).
What special dietary instructions should I follow?
Keep eating normally unless your doctor instructs you otherwise.
What should I do if I forget a dose?
If you miss a dosage, take it as soon as you recall. If the next dose is soon due, skip the missed one and carry on with your regular dosing plan. To make up for a missing dose, do not take a second one.
What side effects can this medication cause?
Ceftibuten’s negative effects could occur. If any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away, let your doctor know right once:
- Abdominal pain
Some adverse effects may be severe. Call your doctor right away or seek emergency medical attention if you have any of the following symptoms:
- Stomach pains, fever, or bloody or watery stools while receiving treatment or for two or more months after it is stopped
- Breathing or swallowing challenges
- Recurrence of fever, sore throat, chills, or any other infection-related symptoms
You or your doctor can submit a report to the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting programme online or by phone if you have a serious side event (1-800-332-1088).
What should I know about storage and disposal of this medication?
Keep this medication tightly closed in the original container and out of the reach of children. The capsules should be kept at room temperature, away from sources of extreme heat and moisture (not in the bathroom). Keep liquid medications tightly wrapped in the refrigerator, and after 14 days, throw away any unused medicines.
Unused prescriptions must be disposed of carefully to prevent pets, kids, and other people from ingesting them. You should not, however, dispose of this medication in the toilet. Instead, utilising a medicine take-back programme is the easiest approach to get rid of your medication. To find out about take-back programmes in your area, speak with your pharmacist or the garbage/recycling department in your city. If you do not have access to a take-back programme, see the FDA’s Safe Disposal of Medications website at http://goo.gl/c4Rm4p for additional information.
Although many containers (such as weekly pill minders and those for eye drops, creams, patches, and inhalers) are not child-resistant and are simple for young children to open, it is crucial to keep all medications out of sight and out of reach of children. Always lock safety caps and promptly stash medication up and away from young children where it is out of their sight and reach to prevent poisoning. http://www.upandaway.org
In case of emergency/overdose
Call the poison control hotline at 1-800-222-1222 in the event of an overdose. Moreover, information can be found online at https://www.poisonhelp.org/help. Call 911 right once if the person has collapsed, experienced a seizure, is having difficulty breathing, or cannot be roused.
Overdose signs could include the following:
What other information should I know?
Keep all of your appointments with your physician and the lab. To determine how you are responding to ceftibuten, your doctor may request specific lab tests.
Inform the lab staff and your doctor that you are taking ceftibuten prior to any laboratory test.
Use Clinistix or TesTape (not Clinitest) to test your urine for sugar if you have diabetes and are taking this medicine.
No one else should take your medication. It’s likely that your prescription cannot be renewed.
You should keep a written record of every medication you take, including any over-the-counter (OTC) items, prescription drugs, and dietary supplements like vitamins and minerals. This list should be brought with you whenever you see a doctor or are admitted to the hospital. You should always have this information with you in case of emergencies.