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Adults and children as young as two months old may use Vantin to treat certain bacterial infections, such as ear infections, pneumonia, and strep throat. At times, a healthcare provider might prescribe this medicine to treat or prevent other types of infections; however, these are unapproved uses. As a type of cephalosporin antibiotic, Vantin works to kill certain bacteria by preventing them from making cell walls.
Vantin® (cefpodoxime proxetil) is a prescription antibiotic used to treat several different infections. It is taken by mouth, and can be used by adults and children as young as two months old.
Vantin is approved for treating the following types of infections:
- Ear infections
- Pharyngitis ("strep throat") and tonsillitis
- Bronchitis (specifically, acute bacterial exacerbations of chronic bronchitis)
- Skin and skin structure infections
- Sinus infections.
Vantin is approved for treating these infections only when they are caused by certain types of bacteria. Not all bacteria will respond to this medication. Also, bacteria have different resistance patterns in different regions of the country. This means that some bacteria may be susceptible to Vantin in certain parts of the country but not in others. This drug 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 Vantin. In other situations, your healthcare provider may decide to try the drug without such tests, especially for infections that are not severe.