As a type of cephalosporin antibiotic, Vantin® (cefpodoxime proxetil) is prescribed to treat various types of bacterial infections, including pneumonia, ear infections, and strep throat. It comes as a tablet or oral suspension (liquid), and is usually taken twice a day.
Before prescribing this antibiotic, your healthcare provider will calculate your individual Vantin dosage based on information like your age, weight, and severity of the infection being treated. You may need a lower dose if you have problems with your kidneys or if you are taking certain medications.
Vantin is not suitable for everyone. Side effects are possible and may include nausea, diarrhea, and yeast infections. Fortunately, most reactions to this drug tend to be minor and easy to treat.
(For more information on this antibiotic, click Vantin. This full-length article contains more details, including dosing guidelines, a list of various forms and strengths, and other important warnings and precautions.)
Written by/reviewed by: Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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