Adults and children as young as six months old may use Cedax to treat infections such as tonsillitis, bronchitis, or ear infections. There are also some unapproved uses for this medication, such as treating or preventing other types of infections. This prescription medicine is a type of antibiotic that helps to kill certain types of bacteria by preventing them from building cell walls.
Cedax® (ceftibuten) is a prescription antibiotic used to treat a variety of different infections. It is taken by mouth, usually once a day.
Cedax is approved for treating the following types of infections:
- Ear infections
- Pharyngitis ("strep throat") and tonsillitis
- Bronchitis, particularly acute, bacterial exacerbations of chronic bronchitis.
Cedax is approved for treating these infections only when they are caused by certain types of bacteria. Not all bacteria will respond to this drug. Also, bacteria have different resistance patterns in different regions in the country. This means that some bacteria may be susceptible to Cedax in certain parts of the country but not in others. This medication is completely ineffective for treating viral illnesses, such as the common cold or the flu.
In some situations, your healthcare provider may perform certain tests to see if your particular infection is susceptible or resistant to Cedax. In other situations, your healthcare provider may decide to try the drug without such tests, especially for infections that are not severe. Cedax is a fairly expensive antibiotic. In general, less expensive alternatives are tried first, especially for mild, easy-to-treat infections.
Cedax is a cephalosporin antibiotic. Cephalosporins are part of a larger group of medications known as beta-lactam antibiotics, named after the ring-like "lactam" structure of these drugs. Cedax works by stopping bacteria from making cell walls, which eventually causes the bacteria to die. Cephalosporins are related to penicillin medications.