Suprax Overdose

People who believe they have overdosed on Suprax (cefixime) should seek urgent medical treatment. Taking too much of this antibiotic may cause seizures, brain problems, and even a coma. The specific problems will depend on how much of the drug was used and whether it was combined with other substances. In the case of an overdose, "pumping the stomach" and close medical supervision may be recommended.

Can You Take Too Much Suprax?

Suprax® (cefixime) is a prescription antibiotic used to treat strep throat, ear infections, and a few other types of infections. As with any medication, it is possible to take a Suprax overdose. 

The specific effects of an overdose can vary, depending on a number of factors, including the Suprax dosage and whether it was combined with any other medications or substances. 

Effects of an Overdose

Although there is not much information available about what exactly to expect with a Suprax overdose, some of the possible effects of an overdose with a cephalosporin antibiotic like Suprax might include:
  • Seizures
  • Unusual muscle movements or hyperactivity
  • Coma
  • Brain problems.

A Suprax overdose is more likely to cause problems in people who have poorly functioning kidneys, as the kidneys remove this medication from the body. In fact, even normal dosages can cause overdose symptoms in people with kidney disease. This is why it is important for your healthcare provider to adjust your Suprax dosage based on how well your kidneys are functioning.
In studies, doses of up to 2000 mg did not cause any usual problems. This is five times the usual daily adult dosage.

Treatment for a Suprax Overdose

People who have taken too much Suprax should be kept under close medical supervision to watch for any problems or complications that arise. If the overdose was recent, "pumping the stomach" can help remove the drug from the digestive tract before it is absorbed into the bloodstream. Dialysis is not expected to help remove the excess Suprax from the bloodstream.
It is important that you seek medical attention immediately if you believe that you may have overdosed on this drug.
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