Without a Prescription
Suprax (also known as Cefixime) is a semi-synthetic cephalosporin antibiotic, destined for oral use, which is able to reduce the development of the drug resistant bacteria.
Suprax is usually prescribed by doctors and personal health care providers to patients who are suffering from bacterial infections of the ears, throat, chest, urinary tract and to the individuals who have been diagnosed with the presence of a mild form of gonorrhea.
Suprax may also be recommended in the treatment of other medical conditions, but only if the personal health care provider, pharmacist or doctor recommends it.
Patients should inform their doctor if they have had allergies to Penicillin and cephalosporin antibiotics, if they have stomach and intestinal diseases (such as colitis). If the patients see no amelioration of the symptoms after a few days of treatment they should announce their caregiver. Patients who are experiencing vomiting, nausea and severe diarrhea during the treatment with Suprax should talk with their doctor before taking anti-diarrheal drugs, because some of these medical products (like Lomotil or Paregoric) may worsen these symptoms.
The intake of Suprax is known to cause false urine-sugar test results in the case of the diabetic patients. These patients should tell their doctor that they are taking Suprax, before they submit an urine sample. Individuals who are suffering from any kidney disorder should discuss with their doctor before beginning the treatment with Suprax, because they usually need dose adjustments in order for Suprax not to interfere with their medical condition.
Women who are pregnant or are planning to become pregnant should discuss this matter with their personal health care provider or doctor, before beginning the treatment with Suprax, as Suprax may harm the baby.
Patients are recommended to ask their doctor how to take every dose of Suprax in order to obtain the best results during and after the treatment. Patients should pay attention to the doctor's recommendations and under no circumstances should they deviate from them. In the cases in which the patients have more questions about their treatment they should ask their doctor or pharmacist for further information.
As we said before, the dose of Suprax must be adjusted for patients who are suffering from renal impairment, for individuals who are undergoing ambulatory peritoneal dialysis and hemodialysis.
Suprax can be taken in without food, but the patients who develop an upset stomach are recommended to take it with food, even if food slows down the rate of Suprax's absorption. Patients, who are using a liquid from of Suprax, are recommended to use a measuring spoon, in order to be able to accurately measure their dose of Suprax.
The individuals will be prescribed by their personal health care provider the exact dose of Suprax that they should use daily. Patients should not ignore the doctor's recommendations. Adult patients who are suffering from urethral gonococcal infections and uncomplicated cervical infections are usually recommended 400 mg per day. Children are recommended to take 8 mg per kilogram daily. This quantity may be taken as a single dose or divided in two doses which are to be taken every 12 hours.
Children who are known to weigh more than 50 kilograms and children who are older than 12 years are usually prescribed by their personal health care provider the adult dose of Suprax, which consists in 400mg of drug which should be ingested daily.
As the functions of the kidneys usually decrease with age and as Suprax is eliminated from the organism by the kidneys, the personal health care provider will prescribe the elderly people only a small dose of Suprax.
Patients who believe that they have taken an overdose of Suprax should immediately announce their doctor. Your personal physician will ask you to remain in the hospital for further tests and symptomatic treatment.
It is well known that any drug which is taken in excess can lead to a series of symptoms. In the case of a Suprax overdose, the symptoms which a patient can experience include the following: nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, headaches, blood in the urine and upper abdominal pain.
Patients are recommended to try to respect the schedule which their doctor gave them and not to skip any dose of Suprax. Individuals, who are supposed to take Suprax once a day and forget to take one of the doses, should take it as soon as they remember; then, they must wait 12 hours before the next dose. After taking the second dose of Suprax, the patients can return to their normal schedule.
Patients, who are taking Suprax twice a day and forget to take one of the doses, should take it as soon as they recall and wait at least 6 hours before taking the next dose. After taking the second dose, they can proceed with their normal schedule.
Patients who are taking Suprax three times a day and forget to take one or more of their scheduled doses, can take a dose of this remedy as soon as they remember, and wait at least 4 hours before taking the next dose; after this they can return to their regular schedule.
It is a well known the fact that any medicine has its side effects; in the case of Suprax, the clinical manifestations which can appear include: abdominal pain, gas, indigestion, loose stools, nausea, vomiting and mild diarrhea, headaches, itching, fever, dizziness and inflammation of the large intestine.
Patients should inform their doctor before beginning their treatment if they are taking Tegretol (which is a seizure medication) or Coumadin (which is an anticlotting medication). Patients should also inform their doctor of all the prescription and non prescription medicines that they are taking, including vitamins and herbal products.
Other Brand Names
In some countries Suprax may also be known as:
- Neo Cefix;