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CEFPODOXIME PROXETIL 100MG FILM-COATED TABLETS

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PACKAGE LEAFLET: INFORMATION FOR THE USER
CEFPODOXIME PROXETIL 100mg FILM-COATED TABLETS
Cefpodoxime proxetil
Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start taking this medicine.
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. Do not pass it on to others. It may harm them,
even if their symptoms are the same as yours.
If any of the side effects gets serious, or if you notice any side effects not listed in this
leaflet, please tell your doctor or pharmacist.

In this leaflet:
1.
What Cefpodoxime proxetil 100 mg Film-coated tablets is and what it is used for
2.
Before you take Cefpodoxime proxetil 100 mg Film-coated tablets
3.
How to take Cefpodoxime proxetil 100 mg Film-coated tablets
4.
Possible side effects
5.
How to store Cefpodoxime proxetil 100 mg Film-coated tablets
6.
Further information
1. What Cefpodoxim proxetil film-coated tablets is and what it is used for
Cefpodoxime is an antibiotic. It belongs to a group of antibiotics that are called
cephalosporins. These types of antibiotics are similar to penicillin.
Cefpodoxime kills bacteria and it can be used against various sorts of infections.
Like all antibiotics, cefpodoxime is only effective against some types of bacteria. So, it is
only suitable for treating some types of infection.
Cefpodoxime can be used to treat:
• sinus infections
• throat infections
• chest infections such as bronchitis and some types of pneumonia
2. Before you take Cefpodoxim proxetil film-coated tablets
Do not take Cefpodoxim proxetil film-coated tablets if:
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You are allergic (hypersensitive) to cefpodoxime proxetil or to any of the other
ingredients of Cefpodoxim proxetil film-coated tablets (See Further Information in
Section 6).
You are allergic (hypersensitive) to any other cephalosporin type of antibiotic

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You have ever had a severe allergic reaction to any sort of penicillin antibiotic

Not all people who are allergic to penicillins are also allergic to cephalosporins.
However, you should not take this medicine if you have ever had a severe allergic
reaction to any penicillin. This is because you might also be allergic to this medicine.
If you are not sure about anything, ask your doctor or pharmacist:
Take special care with Cefpodoxim proxetil film-coated tablets if:
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You have ever had an allergic reaction to any antibiotic, tell your doctor or pharmacist
before you take this medicine.

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You have ever been told that your kidneys do not work very well. Also, if you are
having any sort of treatment (like dialysis) for kidney failure. You may take
cefpodoxime but you may need a lower dose.
If you have ever had inflammation of your bowel, called colitis or any other severe
disease affecting your gut.
This medicine can alter the results of some blood tests (such as cross-matching blood
and the Coombs' test). It is important to tell the doctor that you are taking this
medicine if you have to have any of these tests.
This medicine can also alter the results of 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.

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Talk to your doctor or pharmacist if any of the above apply to you.
Taking other medicines
Please tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking or have recently taken any other
medicines, including medicines obtained without a prescription.
This medicine can be affected by other medicines that are removed by the kidneys. This is
especially if these other medicines also affect how well kidneys work. There are many
medicines that can do this, so should check with your doctor or pharmacist before taking
this medicine.
In particular, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking:
ƒ Antibiotics called aminoglycosides (such as gentamicin)
ƒ Water tablets or injections (diuretics) such as furosemide. It might be necessary to
check your kidneys often during treatment. This can be done with blood and urine tests.
Do not take cefpodoxime at the same time as medicines which act against stomach acid.
These include:
ƒ Antacids
ƒ Medicines like ranitidine, famotidine or cimetidine (called H2-receptor antagonists).
Leave two or three hours after taking this medicine before taking any of these other
medicines.

Taking Cefpodoxime Proxetil 100 mg Film-coated tablets with food and drink
Take this medicine with meals. This is because it helps this medicine to be absorbed into the
body.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
• Are you pregnant, or do you think you might be pregnant? Although this medicine is not
known to harm the unborn child, it will only be given to a pregnant woman if it is really
necessary.
• Are you breast-feeding? This medicine should not be given to women who are
breastfeeding. This is because small amounts of it enter the milk.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before taking any medicine.
Driving and using machines
You may get dizzy when taking this medicine. This may affect your ability to drive or
operate machinery. If this happens, do not drive or use machines.
Important information about some of the ingredients of Cefpodoxim proxetil filmcoated tablets
Cefpodoxime proxetil 100 mg Film-coated tablets contain lactose monohydrate. If you
have been told by your doctor that you have an intolerance to some sugars, contact your
doctor before taking this medicinal product.
3. How to take Cefpodoxime Proxetil 100 mg Film-coated tablets
Always take this medicine exactly as your doctor has told you. You should check with your
doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.
The dispensing label will tell you much of this medicine you should take and how often
you should take. Please read it carefully. The dose your doctor prescribes depends on the
type of infection and how bad the infection is. It also depends on how well the kidneys are
working. Your doctor will explain this to you.
Information on how many tablets and how often they should be taken will exactly be
written on the dispensing label. Please read it carefully.
The tablets should be taken with meals because this improves the absorption of
cefpodoxime into the body.
The recommended doses are given below. However, your doctor may prescribe a different
dose to those below: if this applies to you, discuss it with your doctor if you have not

already done so. The dose you are prescribed will depend on the type and severity of the
infection.
The usual dose is:
Adults and Elderly with no kidney problems:
Sinus infections:
200 mg twice a day.
Throat infections:
100 mg twice a day.
Chest infections:
100-200 mg twice a day, dependent on the
severity of the infection.
Children:
Cefpodoxime proxetil Powder for Oral Suspension is available to treat infants over the age
of two weeks and children.
Adults with kidney problems:
Depending on how serious the kidney problems are, the usual dose of cefpodoxime for the
type of infection you have may need to be given only once a day instead of twice a day or
even once every two days. Your doctor will decide how much you need to take.
If you are on haemodialysis you will usually be given a dose after each dialysis session.
Your doctor will tell you how much to take each time.
Taking more of Cefpodoxim proxetil film-coated tablets than you should
If you have taken more of this medicine than you should, talk to your doctor straight away or
go to the nearest hospital accident and emergency department. Take the medicine with you in
the carton, so that staff will know exactly what has been taken.
If you forget to take Cefpodoxim proxetil film-coated tablets
If you forget to take a dose of this medicine at the right time, take it as soon as you remember.
Do not take a double dose to make up for forgotten doses.
If you stop taking Cefpodoxim proxetil film-coated tablets
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 product, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

4. Possible Side Effects
Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.
Severe allergic reactions to this medicine are very rare (affects less than 1 in 10 000
people). These can include:
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Sudden wheeziness and tightness of chest
Swelling of eyelids, face or lips
Severe skin rashes that can blister and may involve the eyes, mouth and throat and
genitals.
- Loss of consciousness (fainting).
All of these allergic reactions need urgent medical attention. If you think you are having
any of these types of reaction, stop taking this medicine and contact your doctor or your
nearest hospital accident and emergency department.
Common side effects (affect less than 1 in 10 people) include:
Stomach problems: bloating, nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, flatulence (wind) and
diarrhoea. If you have severe diarrhoea or if you see blood in your diarrhoea you should
stop taking this medicine and talk to your doctor immediately.
Eating problems: loss of appetite.
Uncommon side effects (affect less than 1 in 100 people) include:
Immune system problems: hypersensitivity reactions (These are skin rashes that are less
severe allergic reactions than mentioned above, lumpy rash (hives), itching)
Nervous system disorders: headaches, pins and needles, dizziness
Ear problems: ringing in the ears
General problems: feeling or being sick, weakness and a feeling of generally being unwell.
Rare side effects (affect less than 1 in 1000 people) include:
Liver and bile problems: changes in blood tests that check how your liver is working;
Blood problems: anaemia, drops in the numbers of different cells in the blood (symptoms
can include tiredness, new infections and easy bruising or bleeding), increases in some
types of white blood cells, increases in the numbers of small cells that are needed for
clotting of the blood.
Very rare side effects (affect less than 1 in 10 000 people) include:
Immune system problems: anaphylactic reactions(e.g. bronchospasms, purpura and edema
of the face and extremities);
Kidney problems: changes in kidney function;
Liver and bile problems: liver damage causing jaundice (this may show as a yellowing of
the skin or whites of the eyes);
Infections: Having a course of cefpodoxime can temporarily increase the chance that you
can get infections caused by other sorts of germs. For example, thrush may occur.

Blood and the lymphatic system problems: a type of anaemia that can be severe and is
caused by red blood cells breaking up. If you are having a blood test for any reason, tell
the person who is taking your blood sample that you are taking this medicine as it may
affect your result.
If any of the side effects gets serious, or if you notice any side effects not listed in this leaflet,
please tell your doctor or pharmacist.
5. How to store Cefpodoxim proxetil film-coated tablets
Keep out of the reach and sight of children.
Do not use this medicine after the expiry date which is stated on the label and carton. The
expiry date refers to the last day of that month. Do not use the medicine after the expiry
date.
Do not store above 25ºC. Store in the original package.

You should not throw away any medicine through wastewater or household waste. Ask your
pharmacist how to dispose of medicines that you know longer need. This will help to protect
the environment.
6. Further Information
What Cefpodoxime Proxetil 100 mg Film-coated tablets contains
The active substance is: cefpodoxime proxetil, equivalent to 100mg cefpodoxime.
The other ingredients are: carboxymethylcellulose calcium, lactose monohydrate,
crospovidone, hydroxypropylcellulose, magnesium stearate, sodium lauryl sulphate,
hypromellose, talc and titanium dioxide (E171)
What Cefpodoxim Proxetil 100 mg Film-coated tablets look like
Cefpodoxime tablets are round, white to yellowish tablets with a diameter of approx. 9 mm.
Cefpodoxime Tablets are available in blister packs of 10, 12, 20 or 30 tablets

Marketing Authorisation Holder and Manufacturer
Marketing authorisation Holder:
Sandoz GmbH, Biochemiestrasse 10, 6250 Kundl, Austria
Manufacturer:

Sandoz GmbH, Biochemiestrasse 10, 6250 Kundl, Austria
For any information about this medicinal product, please contact the local representative of
the Marketing Authorisation Holder:
This medicinal product is authorised in the member states of the EEA under the
following names:
[to be completed nationally]
This leaflet was last approved in 01/2011

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Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

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