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Ceftibuten Side Effects

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jul 14, 2022.


More frequently reported side effects include: nausea. Continue reading for a comprehensive list of adverse effects.

Applies to ceftibuten: oral capsules, oral for suspension.

Side effects include:

GI effects (e.g., nausea, diarrhea, dyspepsia, vomiting, abdominal pain), headache, dizziness, increased BUN concentrations, eosinophilia.

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to ceftibuten: oral capsule, oral powder for reconstitution.


This drug was generally well tolerated. In clinical trials, 2% of patients discontinued medication due to adverse events, primarily diarrhea, nausea, or vomiting, and 0.3% discontinued due to rash or pruritus.[Ref]


The onset of pseudomembranous colitis symptoms has been reported during or after antibacterial therapy.[Ref]

Common (1% to 10%): Nausea, diarrhea, dyspepsia, abdominal pain, vomiting

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Constipation, dry mouth, eructation, flatulence, loose stools

Postmarketing reports: Melena


-Frequency not reported: Pseudomembranous colitis[Ref]

Nervous system

Some cephalosporins have been associated with seizures, especially in patients with renal dysfunction whose dose was not reduced.[Ref]

Common (1% to 10%): Headache, dizziness

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Somnolence, taste perversion, paresthesia

Frequency not reported: Hyperkinesia

Postmarketing reports: Aphasia


-Frequency not reported: Seizures[Ref]


Common (1% to 10%): Increased ALT, increased bilirubin

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Increased AST

Postmarketing reports: Jaundice


-Frequency not reported: Hepatic cholestasis[Ref]


Common (1% to 10%): Increased eosinophils, decreased hemoglobin

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Increased platelets, decreased platelets, decreased leukocytes


-Frequency not reported: Aplastic anemia, hemolytic anemia, prolonged prothrombin time, hemorrhage, neutropenia, pancytopenia, agranulocytosis[Ref]


Common (1% to 10%): Increased BUN

Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Increased creatinine


-Frequency not reported: Renal dysfunction, toxic nephropathy[Ref]


Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Pruritus, rash, urticaria

Frequency not reported: Diaper dermatitis

Postmarketing reports: Stevens-Johnson syndrome, toxic epidermal necrolysis


-Frequency not reported: Stevens-Johnson syndrome, erythema multiforme[Ref]


Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Fatigue, moniliasis, increased alkaline phosphatase

Frequency not reported: Fever, rigors, transient increases in lactate dehydrogenase


-Frequency not reported: Drug fever[Ref]


Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Anorexia

Frequency not reported: Dehydration


-Frequency not reported: False-positive test for urinary glucose[Ref]


Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Dyspnea, nasal congestion

Postmarketing reports: Stridor[Ref]


Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Dysuria, vaginitis

Frequency not reported: Hematuria[Ref]


Frequency not reported: Agitation, irritability, insomnia

Postmarketing reports: Psychosis[Ref]


Postmarketing reports: Serum sickness-like reactions


-Frequency not reported: Allergic reactions, anaphylaxis[Ref]


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Further information

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Some side effects may not be reported. You may report them to the FDA.