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Cefditoren Pivoxil

Pronunciation: SEFF-dih-TORE-ehn pih-VOX-ill
Class: Antibiotic, Cephalosporin

Trade Names

- Tablets 200 mg
- Tablets 400 mg


Inhibits mucopeptide synthesis in bacterial cell wall.

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C max is about 1.8 mcg/mL. T max is 1 to 3 h. Cefditoren dipivoxil is about 14% bioavailable.


Administration following a high-fat meal increased AUC 70% and C max 50%.


Vd is about 9.3 L (at steady state). About 88% protein bound, primarily to albumin.


Hydrolyzed to cefditoren by esterases.


The t ½ is about 1.6 h. Eliminated by excretion into the urine. Renal Cl is about 4 to 5 L/h.

Special Populations

Renal Function Impairment
Moderate impairment (Ccr 30 to 49 mL/min/1.73 m 2 )

Unbound C max is 90% higher, AUC is 232% higher, and t ½ is 2.7 h.

Severe impairment (Ccr less than 30 mL/min/1.73 m 2 )

Unbound C max is 114% higher, AUC is 324% higher, and t ½ is 4.7 h. Dosage adjustment is recommended.


C max is increased 26% and AUC 33%, t ½ is 16% to 26% longer, and renal Cl is 20% to 24% lower. No dosage adjustment is needed.

Indications and Usage

Treatment of mild to moderate infections of acute bacterial exacerbation of chronic bronchitis, pharyngitis/tonsillitis, and uncomplicated skin and skin-structure infections caused by susceptible strains of specific microorganisms.


Hypersensitivity to cephalosporins or milk protein; carnitine deficiency or inborn errors of metabolism that result in clinically important carnitine deficiency.

Dosage and Administration

Acute Bacterial Exacerbation of Chronic Bronchitis
Adults and Children (12 yr of age and older)

PO 400 mg twice daily for 10 days.

Pharyngitis/Tonsillitis and Uncomplicated Skin and Skin Structure Infections
Adults and Children (12 yr of age and older)

PO 200 mg twice daily for 10 days.

Renal Function Impairment
Adults and Children (12 yr of age and older) Mild renal impairment (Ccr 50 to 80 mL/min/1.73 m 2 )

PO No dosage adjustment is necessary.

Moderate renal impairment (Ccr 30 to 49 mL/min/1.73 m 2 )

PO less than 200 mg twice daily.

Severe renal impairment (Ccr less than 30 mL/min/1.73 m 2 )

PO 200 mg daily.

End-stage renal disease

PO Dose not determined.

General Advice

Administer each dose with food to increase absorption.


Store tablets at controlled room temperature (59° to 86°F). Protect from light and moisture.

Drug Interactions

Antacids, H 2 -receptor antagonists (eg, famotidine)

May decrease cefditoren plasma levels, possibly reducing the efficacy.


May increase plasma levels and the duration of activity of cefditoren.

Laboratory Test Interactions

May cause false-positive direct Coombs test; may cause false-positive urine glucose test results with Benedict or Fehling solution or Clinitest tablets but not with enzyme-based tests (eg, Clinistix , Tes-Tape ); may cause false-negative test in the ferricyanide test for blood glucose but not the glucose oxidase or hexokinase methods of determination.

Adverse Reactions


Headache; reversible hyperactivity; seizures.


Stevens-Johnson syndrome; erythema multiforme; toxic epidermal necrolysis.


Diarrhea; nausea; abdominal pain; dyspepsia; vomiting; pseudomembranous colitis; colitis.


Vaginal moniliasis; hematuria; increased urine WBC; renal dysfunction; toxic nephropathy.


Decreased hematocrit; aplastic anemia; hemolytic anemia; hemorrhage; pancytopenia; neutropenia; agranulocytosis.


Hepatic dysfunction (eg, cholestasis).


Increased glucose.


Allergic reactions; anaphylaxis; drug fever; hypertonia; superinfection; serum sickness-like reaction.



Response to therapy

Monitor patient's response to therapy. Notify health care provider if infection does not appear to improve or worsens.

Side effects

Monitor patient for GI, DERM, and general body side effects, and signs of superinfection. Inform health care provider if noted and significant. Immediately report severe diarrhea, diarrhea containing blood or pus, or severe abdominal cramping.


Category B .




Safety and efficacy not determined in children under 12 yr of age.


Because elderly patients are more likely to have decreased renal function, select dose with caution.


Reactions range from mild to life-threatening. Administer drug with caution to penicillin-sensitive patients because of possible cross-reactivity.

Renal Function

Dosage adjustment is necessary.


Drug may cause bacterial or fungal overgrowth of nonsusceptible microorganisms.

Pseudomembranous colitis

Consider pseudomembranous colitis as a possibility in patients who develop diarrhea.



Nausea, vomiting, epigastric distress, diarrhea, convulsions.

Patient Information

  • Review dosing schedule and prescribed length of therapy with patient.
  • Instruct patient to take each dose with food to enhance absorption.
  • Instruct patient not to take antacids or other acid-suppressive therapy (eg, H 2 -receptor antagonists, proton pump inhibitors) concomitantly with this medication.
  • Remind patient, family, or caregiver to complete entire course of therapy, even if symptoms of infection have disappeared.
  • Advise patient, family, or caregiver to discontinue therapy and contact the health care provider immediately if skin rash, hives, itching, or shortness of breath occurs.
  • Advise patient, family, or caregiver to report the following signs of superinfection to health care provider: black “furry” tongue, white patches in mouth, foul-smelling stools, vaginal itching or discharge.
  • Warn patient, family, or caregiver that diarrhea containing blood or pus may be a sign of a serious disorder and to seek medical care if noted and not to treat at home.

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