Ceftibuten is an antibiotic and treats infection. Finish taking all of your medication. Even if you feel better, do not stop taking medication unless your doctor tells you to stop.
Ceftibuten is a prescription medication used to treat bacterial infections that cause bronchitis along with ear and throat infections. Ceftibuten belongs to a group of drugs called cephalosporin antibiotics, which work to stop the growth of bacteria in the body.
This medication is available in a capsule and oral (by mouth) suspension form taken once daily. The oral suspension should be taken 2 hours before a meal or at least 1 hour after a meal.
Common side effects of ceftibuten include nausea, headache, diarrhea, and upset stomach. Ceftibuten can also cause dizziness. Do not drive or operate heavy machinery until you know how ceftibuten affects you.
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Ceftibuten Cautionary Labels
Uses of Ceftibuten
Ceftibuten is a prescription medication used to treat bacterial infections that cause bronchitis along with ear and throat infections.
This medication may be prescribed for other uses. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
Ceftibuten Brand Names
Ceftibuten may be found in some form under the following brand names:
Ceftibuten Drug Class
Ceftibuten is part of the drug class:
Side Effects of Ceftibuten
Common side effects of ceftibuten include:
- upset stomach
- stomach pain
This is not a complete list of ceftibuten side effects. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
Serious side effects have been reported with ceftibuten. See the “Drug Precautions” section.
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Especially tell your doctor if you take:
- aminoglycosides such as amikacin (Amikin), gentamicin (Garamycin), and tobramycin (Nebcin)
- furosemide (Lasix)
- probenecid (Probalan, Benemid)
- methotrexate (Trexall, Rheumatrex)
- birth control pills
- theophylline (Theobid, Theo-Dur, Lanophyllin)
- antacids such as Tums and Citracal
- H2 blockers such as cimetidine (Tagamet), ranitidine (Zantac), and famotidine (Pepcid)
This is not a complete list of ceftibuten drug interactions. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
Serious side effects have been reported with ceftibuten including:
- hypersensitivity (severe allergic reaction). Signs of a hypersensitivity reaction, which include the following:
- chest pain
- swelling of the face, eyes, lips, tongue, arms, or legs
- difficulty breathing or swallowing
- diarrhea. Diarrhea is a common problem caused by antibiotics, and it usually ends when the antibacterial is discontinued. Sometimes after starting treatment with antibiotics, patients can develop watery and bloody stools (with or without stomach cramps and fever) even as late as 2 or more months after having taken their last dose of the antibacterial. If diarrhea is severe or lasts more than 2 or 3 days, contact your doctor, as this may be a sign of an infection of the bowels.
- superinfection. Ceftibuten should not be used for extended periods. Prolonged use can lead to the growth of dangerous organisms that are resistant or unresponsive to this medication. Take ceftibuten for the duration prescribed by your doctor.
Do not take ceftibuten if you are allergic to any of its ingredients.
Ceftibuten Food Interactions
Medications can interact with certain foods. In some cases, this may be harmful and your doctor may advise you to avoid certain foods. In the case of ceftibuten, there are no specific foods that you must exclude from your diet when receiving this medication.
Before taking ceftibuten, tell your doctor about all of your medical conditions. Especially tell your doctor if you:
- are allergic to ceftibuten or to any ingredient in this medication
- are allergic to similar antibiotics (penicillins, cephalosporins)
- have kidney problems
- have gastrointestinal (stomach or bowel) problems
- have diabetes (the oral solution form contains sucrose, a type of sugar)
- are pregnant or are breastfeeding
Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
Ceftibuten and Pregnancy
Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.
The FDA categorizes medications based on safety for use during pregnancy. Five categories - A, B, C, D, and X, are used to classify the possible risks to an unborn baby when a medication is taken during pregnancy.
Ceftibuten falls into category B. There are no well-done studies that have been done in humans with ceftibuten. But in animal studies, pregnant animals were given this medication, and the babies did not show any medical issues related to this medication.
Ceftibuten and Lactation
Tell your doctor if you are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed.
It is not known if ceftibuten crosses into human milk. Because many medications can cross into human milk and because of the possibility for serious adverse reactions in nursing infants with use of this medication, a choice should be made whether to stop nursing or stop the use of this medication. Your doctor and you will decide if the benefits outweigh the risk of using ceftibuten.
Take ceftibuten exactly as prescribed.
This medication is available in a capsule and oral (by mouth) solution form taken once daily. The oral solution form should be taken 2 hours before a meal or at least 1 hour after a meal.
If you miss a dose, take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and take your next dose at the regular time. Do not take two doses of ceftibuten at the same time.
Take ceftibuten exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully.
The ceftibuten dose your doctor recommends will be based on the following:
- the condition being treated
- other medical conditions you have
- other medications you are taking
- how you respond to this medication
- your kidney function
- your weight
- your age
The recommended dose range for ceftibuten is 90 mg to 400 mg once daily.
If you take too much ceftibuten, call your healthcare provider or local Poison Control Center, or seek emergency medical attention right away.
If ceftibuten is administered by a healthcare provider in a medical setting, it is unlikely that an overdose will occur. However, if overdose is suspected, seek emergency medical attention.
- Store ceftibuten capsules between 2° and 25°C (36° and 77°F). Replace cap securely after each opening.
- Before mixing with water, ceftibuten powder must be stored between 2° and 25°C (36° and 77°F). Once mixed with water, the oral suspension is stable for 14 days when stored in the refrigerator between 2° and 8°C (36° and 46°F).
- Keep this and all medicines out of the reach of children.