Also known as: Cefpodoxime.
Vantin is an oral, third-generation cephalosporin antibiotic. It is active against most
Gram-positive and Gram-negative organisms. Notable exceptions include Pseudomonas aeruginosa,
Enterococcus, and Bacteroides fragilis. Currently, it is only marketed as generic preparations in the
USA, according to the FDA Orange Book. It is commonly used to treat acute otitis media, pharyngitis,
sinusitis, and gonorrhea. It also finds use as oral continuation therapy when intravenous cephalosporins
(such as ceftriaxone) are no longer necessary for continued treatment.
Vantin inhibits cell wall synthesis by inhibiting the final transpeptidation step of
peptidoglycan synthesis in cell walls. It has well established pharmacokinetic profile with absorption
of 50%. It is indicated in community acquired pneumonia, uncomplicated skin and skin structure
infections, and uncomplicated urinary tract infections.
Take this medication exactly as it was prescribed for you. Do not take the medication in larger
amounts, or take it for longer than recommended by your doctor. Follow the directions on your
Take this medicine with a full glass of water.
The Vantin tablet should be taken with food.
Vantin oral suspension (liquid) can be taken with or without food.
Shake the liquid well just before you measure a dose. To be sure you get the correct dose, measure the
liquid with a marked measuring spoon or medicine cup, not with a regular table spoon. If you do not have
dose-measuring device, ask your pharmacist for one.
This medication can cause you to have false results with certain medical tests, including urine
glucose (sugar) tests. Tell any doctor who treats you that you are using Vantin.
Take Vantin for the entire length of time prescribed by your doctor. Your symptoms may get better
before the infection is completely treated. Vantin will not treat a viral infection such as the
common cold or flu.
Store the tablets at room temperature away from moisture, heat, and light.
Store Vantin oral liquid in the refrigerator. Do not allow it to freeze. Throw away any unused
medication that is older than 14 days.
Seek emergency medical attention if you think you have used too much of this medicine.
Overdose symptoms may include nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, and diarrhea.
Take the medication as soon as you remember the missed dose. If it is almost time for your next dose,
skip the missed dose and use the medicine at your next regularly scheduled time. Do not use extra
to make up the missed dose.
If you overdose Generic Vantin and you don't feel good you should visit your doctor or health care provider immediately. Symptoms of Generic Vantin overdosage: abdominal cramps, diarrhoea, nausea, retching.
Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F) away from moisture and heat. After mixing the suspension store in a refrigerator between 2 and 8 degrees C (36 and 46 degrees F). Do not freeze. Throw away unused portion after fourteen days. Keep out of the reach of children in a container that small children cannot open.
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