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Suprax is prescribed to treat bacterial infections. This medicine comes in many different forms, and is taken once or twice a day. Your individual dosage is calculated based on your age and weight, the severity of the infection, and other medical conditions you have. Side effects include nausea, loose stools, and diarrhea.

What Is Suprax?

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

Who Makes This Medication?

This medication is made by Lupin Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

How Does Suprax Work?

Suprax 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 antibiotics). Suprax works by stopping bacteria from making cell walls, which eventually causes the bacteria to die.
Cephalosporins are related to penicillin medications. Suprax is usually classified as a "third-generation" cephalosporin.

When and How to Take It

Some general considerations to keep in mind during treatment with Suprax include the following:
  • This medication comes in tablet, capsule, chewable tablet, or oral suspension (liquid) form. It is taken by mouth once or twice a day.
  • The length of treatment recommended will vary, depending on the type and severity of the infection.
  • You may take this medication with or without food. If it seems to bother your stomach, try taking it with a little food.
  • Make sure to shake the suspension well before each dose.
  • Make sure to finish the prescribed course of this antibiotic, as stopping it too soon can lead to more serious infections.
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