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After extensive clinical trials in which the potential side effects of Cedax were carefully documented, some of the most commonly reported problems with this antibiotic included nausea, headaches, and diarrhea. In most cases, reactions tend to be mild and easy to treat. However, potentially serious complications can occur, so seek medical treatment if you develop anything that does not seem right.


An Introduction to Cedax Side Effects

Just like any medicine, Cedax® (ceftibuten) can cause side effects. However, not everyone who takes the drug will have problems. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or are treated easily by you or your healthcare provider.
(This article covers many, but not all, of the possible side effects with Cedax. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list with you.)

Common Side Effects of Cedax

Cedax has been studied extensively in clinical trials. In these studies, the possible side effects were carefully documented. Based on these studies, the most common reactions to Cedax included:
  • Nausea -- in up to 4 percent of people
  • Diarrhea -- up to 3 percent
  • Headache -- up to 3 percent
  • Vomiting -- up to 2 percent
  • Indigestion or heartburn -- up to 2 percent
  • Abdominal (stomach) pain -- up to 2 percent
  • Loose stools -- up to 2 percent.

Side Effects to Report

Some side effects of Cedax are potentially serious and should be reported immediately to your healthcare provider. These include but are not limited to:
  • Signs of an overdose, such as:
    • Seizures
    • Coma
    • Unusual muscle movements or hyperactivity
  • Watery or bloody diarrhea, which may start while taking the drug or even quite a while after treatment ends
  • Signs of an allergic reaction, such as:
    • An unexplained rash
    • Itching
    • Hives
    • Redness of the face
    • Swelling of the mouth or throat
    • Wheezing
    • Difficulty breathing.
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