CEFIXIME 400MG FILM-COATED TABLETS
Active substance(s): CEFIXIME TRIHYDRATE
Cefixime 400 mg Film -coated Tablets
Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start taking this medicine because it contains
important information for you.
Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again
If you have any further questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
This medicine has been prescribed for you only. Do not pass it on to others. It may
harm them, even if their signs of illness are the same as yours.
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. This includes any
possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. See section 4.
What is in this leaflet:
What Cefixime is and what it is used for
What you need to know before you take Cefixime
How to take Cefixime
Possible side effects
How to store Cefixime
Contents of the pack and other information
1. What Cefixime is and what it is used for
Cefixime belongs to a group of medicines called Cephalosporins, which are used for treating
Cefixime is used to treat:
− infection of the middle ear
− infection which may cause green or yellow discharge from your nose and severe pain in your
cheeks, eyes or forehead (sinus infection)
− throat infection
− infection causing sudden worsening of long-standing bronchitis
− lung infections (pneumonia) which you catch outside of hospital
− infections in the water (urinary) tract including some infections of the kidneys
2. What you need to know before you take Cefixime
Do not take cefixime if you:
− are allergic to cefixime or any of the other ingredients of this medicine (listed in section 6).
An allergic reaction may include rash, itching, difficulty breathing or swelling of the face,
lips, throat or tongue.
− are allergic to any other cephalosporin type of antibiotic.
− have ever had a severe allergic reaction to a penicillin antibiotic or to any other beta-lactam
type of antibiotic.
Warnings and precautions
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking Cefixime
− if you are allergic to penicillin antibiotics or to any other beta-lactam type of antibiotics. Not
all people who are allergic to penicillins are also allergic to cephalosporins. However, you
should not take this medicine if you ever had a severe allergic reaction to any penicillin. This
is because you might also be allergic to this medicine.
− are allergic to any other sort of medicine
− have ever been told that your kidneys do not work very well. Also, if you are receiving any
sort of treatment (like dialysis) for kidney failure. You may take Cefixime but you may need
a lower dose.
− are taking other medicines which are known to be harmful to your kidneys (see “Other
medicines and Cefixime”). Your doctor may perform certain test regularly to measure how
well your kidneys are working during the treatment.
− If you have severe or persistent diarrhoea, which may be bloody with stomach pain or cramps,
during or shortly after treatment with cefixime, stop taking this medicine and contact your
doctor immediately. Medicines which may slow or stop bowel movements must not be taken.
− This medicine may increase the risk of
infections caused by other sort of germs on which
cefixime does not act. For example, thrush (infection caused by a yeast germ called Candida)
− This medicine may cause severe skin reactions. If you develop a sudden fever with sore throat
and tiredness and a burning blister like rash on your skin around your mouth and lips or
genitals or your skin begins to peel, stop taking this medicine and contact your doctor
− This medicine may cause kidney problems. If you develop a sudden fever with lower back
pain and experience problems when passing water contact your doctor immediately.
Effect on certain tests
If you are to undertake any blood or urine tests, inform your doctor that you are taking cefixime,
as it can alter the results of some of these tests.
Cefixime can alter the results of some urine tests for sugar (such as Benedict’s or Fehling’s tests).
If you have diabetes and routinely test your urine, tell your doctor. This is because other tests may
have to be used to monitor your diabetes while you are having this medicine
Cefixime may alter the results of a blood test for antibodies called the direct Coombs’ test.
Other medicines and Cefixime
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking, have recently taken or might take any other
medicines. This includes medicines obtained without a prescription.
In particular, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking:
medicines which are known to be harmful to your kidneys such as:
antibiotics including aminoglycoside antibiotics e.g. (streptomycin, gentamicin),
colistin, polymyxin or viomycin.
medicines that increase the amount of urine your body produces (diuretics) such
as ethacrynic acid or furosemide.
nifedipine, a medicine used for the treatment of high blood pressure or heart problems
anticoagulants (blood thinning medicines) such as warfarin. In some patients, cefixime causes
problems with blood clotting and may increase the time taken for the blood to clot.
oral contraceptives (the birth control pill)
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, think you may be pregnant or are planning to have a baby,
ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before taking this medicine.
Driving and using machines
Cefixime does not usually affect your ability to drive or use machines. However, if you feel lightheaded or dizzy, do not drive or use machines.
3. How to take Cefixime
Always take this medicine exactly as your doctor or pharmacist has told you. Check with your
doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure. The dose your doctor prescribes depends on the type of
infection and how bad the infection is. It also depends on how well your kidneys are working.
Your doctor or pharmacist will explain this to you.
The recommended dose is
The recommended adult dose is one tablet taken once daily. The medicine should always be taken
at the same time each day. The tablets should be taken with plenty of water. The tablets can be
taken with or without food.
Patients with kidney problems
In patients with kidney problems, the dosage of cefixime may need to be reduced. Your doctor
will calculate the right dose for you according to the results of blood or urine tests that measure
how well your kidneys are working.
There is not enough information on the use of cefixime in children and adolescents with kidney
problems. Cefixime is therefore not recommended for use in these patients.
No change in dose is needed for elderly patients, provided the kidneys are working normally.
Use in adolescents 12 years of age and older
Adolescents 12 years of age and older may be given the same dose as adults.
Use in children older than 6 months and up to 11 years of age
Other forms of this medicine may be more suitable for children; ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Cefixime is not recommended for use in children less than 6 months of age.
If you take more Cefixime than you should
If you or your child have taken more of this medicine than you should, talk to your doctor or
contact your nearest hospital emergency department immediately.
If you forget to take Cefixime
If you forget to take a tablet, take one as soon as you remember. Do not take a double dose to
make up for a forgotten tablet. However, if the next dose is due in less than 6 hours, skip the
missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule.
If you stop taking Cefixime
It is important that you take this medicine until you finish the prescribed course. You should not
stop the medicine just because you feel better. If you stop too soon, the infection may start up
again. If the person being treated still feels unwell at the end of the prescribed course of
treatment, or feels worse during treatment, tell your doctor.
If you have any further questions on the use of this medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Possible side effects
Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.
If you notice any of the following side effects, stop taking this medicine and contact your
doctor or go to the nearest hospital casualty department straight away:
Rare: may affect up to 1 in 1,000 people
− other infections caused by germs that cefixime does not act on (fungal or bacterial
superinfections). If you start to feel worse, this might be a sign of a new infection.
− increase in the numbers of white blood cells called eosinophils, which may show up in blood
tests (hypereosinophilia). If left untreated, this can lead to damage to the body. You may
notice memory loss, feel confused, tired, short of breath, have a fever, cough, mouth sores or
− sudden severe allergic reactions such as skin rash or hives, itchiness, swelling of the face, lips,
tongue or other parts of the body which may cause difficulty in swallowing or breathing,
tightness of the chest, wheezing and collapse (anaphylactic shock).
Very rare: may affect up to 1 in 10,000 people
− watery and severe diarrhoea that may also be bloody
− severe skin illness with blistering of the skin, mouth, eyes and genitals (Stevens Johnson
syndrome, toxic epidermal necrolysis)
an increased number of infections, pale skin, feeling breathless, bruising or bleeding more
easily. These may be signs of reduced numbers of blood cells which help fight infections,
carry oxygen around the body or help the blood clot.
feeling breathless with yellowing of the skin and eyes (haemolytic anaemia)
liver problems including jaundice (you may notice yellowing of the skin or whites of the
inflammation of the kidney causing lower back pain and difficulty in passing water and
feeling sick with weight loss, which may lead to kidney failure.
a delayed allergic reaction. You may notice a rash, swelling of the face, swollen glands, fever
and in blood tests, changes in how the liver is working and changes in white blood cells
Other side-effects include:
Common: may affect up to 1 in 10 people
Uncommon: may affect up to 1 in 100 people
− nausea (feeling sick)
− vomiting (being sick)
− abdominal (stomach) pain
− changes in blood tests that check how your liver is working
− skin rash
Rare: may affect up to 1 in 1,000 people
− loss of appetite
− dizziness or a feeling of spinning (vertigo)
− flatulence (wind)
− itchy skin
− inflammation of mucus (moist) linings such as the mouth and / or other internal surfaces
− changes in blood tests that check how well your kidneys are working
Very rare: may affect up to 1 in 10,000 people
− restlessness and increased activity
Not known: frequency cannot be estimated from the available data
− feeling short of breath
− rash with red raised patches
− puffiness of the face
− painful joints
− itching and irritation of the sex organs
− increased number of blood cells, which help the blood to clot may be seen in blood tests.
Reporting of side effects
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. This includes any possible side
effects not listed in this leaflet. You can also report side effects directly via Yellow Card Scheme
Website: www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard. By reporting side effects you can help provide more
information on the safety of this medicine.
5. How to Store Cefixime
Keep this medicine out of the sight and reach of children.
This medicine product does not require any special temperature storage conditions. Store in the
Do not use this medicine after the expiry date which is stated on the blister and carton after
“EXP”. The expiry date refers to the last day of that month.
Do not throw away any medicines via wastewater or household waste. Ask your pharmacist how
to throw away medicines you no longer use. These measures will help protect the environment.
6. Contents of the pack and other information
What Cefixime contains
The active substance is cefixime. Each film-coated tablet contains 447.63mg cefixime trihydrate
equivalent to 400mg cefixime (anhydrous).
The other ingredients are microcrystalline cellulose, pre-gelatinised starch, calcium hydrogen
phosphate, magnesium stearate, silica colloidal anhydrous.
The tablet coating contains
hypromellose, titanium dioxide (E 171), macrogol.
What Cefixime looks like and contents of the pack
White to off white, film-coated, rectangular shaped tablet having partial break line on both sides.
The product is available in:
PVC/ PVdC/ Aluminium blister packs of 3, 5, 7, 10 & 100 tablets.
PVC/Aclar/ Aluminium blister packs of 3, 5, 7, 10 & 100 tablets.
Not all pack sizes may be marketed.
Marketing Authorisation Holder
Mylan, Potters Bar, Hertfordshire, EN6 1TL, U.K.
Mc Dermott Laboratories Ltd, t/a Gerard Laboratories, 35/36 Baldoyle Industrial Estate, Grange
Road, Dublin 13, Ireland.
Orchid Europe Ltd, Building 3, Chiswick Park, 566 Chiswick High Road, Chiswick, London, W4
5YA, United Kingdom
This medicinal product is authorised in the Member states of the EEA under the following
United Kingdom – Cefixime 400 mg Film-coated tablets
Italy- Cefixima Mylan 400 mg Compressa rivestita con film
This leaflet was last revised in
Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency
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