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Cedax is a type of antibiotic prescribed to treat a number of bacterial infections. This medicine comes as a capsule or oral liquid, and is taken once a day for 10 days. Your prescribed dosage is calculated based on your age and weight, the severity of the infection, and other factors. Possible side effects include nausea, diarrhea, and headaches.

 

What Is Cedax?

Cedax® (ceftibuten) is a prescription cephalosporin antibiotic licensed to treat a number of different infections. It is taken by mouth and is approved for use in adults and children as young as six months old.
 
(Click Cedax Uses for more information on this topic, including possible off-label uses.)
 

Who Makes This Medication?

This medication is made by Schering Corporation for Pernix Therapeutics, LLC.
 

How Does Cedax Work?

Cedax is a cephalosporin antibiotic. Cephalosporins are a 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. Cedax is usually classified as a "third-generation" cephalosporin.
 

When and How to Take It

Some general considerations to keep in mind during treatment with Cedax include the following:
 
  • This medication comes in capsule or oral suspension (liquid) form. It is taken by mouth once daily for 10 days.
 
  • The oral suspension should be taken on an empty stomach, at least two hours before or one hour after a meal. Taking it with food decreases the absorption of the antibiotic, potentially making it less effective.
 
  • For the capsules, you may take them with or without food.
 
  • Make sure to shake the suspension well before each dose.
 
  • Make sure to finish the prescribed course of this antibiotic, as stopping Cedax too soon can lead to more serious infections.
 
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