Cefixime

Cefixime is an antibiotic that can be used to treat a number of bacterial infections such as gonorrhoea. Individuals who have been diagnosed with Gonorrhoea should take 400mg of Cefixime twice a day.

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Cefixime

Cefixime Gonorrhea Treatment

Cefixime is a cephalosporin antibiotic medicine which is used to combat a range of bacterial infections. It is regularly prescribed to treat ear, sinus, throat, lung and urinary tract infections. You may also know the medicine by its brand name ‘Suprax’. The antibiotic is related to penicillin, and works by interfering with the bacteria’s development of cell walls. As the cells cannot develop walls they cannot prevent unwanted substances invading them or hold their contents together. This results in the bacteria being destroyed.

Different Strengths of Cefixime:

We stock the most regularly prescribed strength of Cefixime which is 200mg. It is available to buy with a UK prescription. If you have not yet been prescribed Cefixime, you can fill in one of Medicine Direct’s health questionnaires. The questionnaire will be sent to one of our doctors who will assess your answers and decide whether it would be appropriate to prescribe Cefixime to you. If you are prescribed the medicine, you can then buy it online with us.

Cefixime 200mg

For the treatment of Urinary tract infections, tonsillitis, bronchitis, gonorrhoea and other infections, Cefixime 200mg is usually instructed to be taken twice a day.

How should Cefixime be taken?

You must follow the instructions given to you by your doctor regarding the administration of any medicine. Do not take different quantities then those specified to you. You can take this medicine before or after eating as it does not upset the stomach.

Although symptoms may improve, you must continue to take the antibiotics for the duration intended. If you stop a course short, you will increase your chances of getting re-infected with a bacterium that may be resistant or much harder to treat.

Do not use Cefixime to treat viral infections such as the flu or the common cold, as it will not help these conditions.

This medicine should be stored at room temperature in a dry area. Ensure all medicine is kept out of reach of children and pets. Do not dispose of medicine in household waster or via waste water. If you are unsure on how to dispose of medicine, ask your pharmacist for advice.

If you have realised that you forgot to take one of your scheduled doses of Cefixime, take it as soon as possible. However, if this means the dose will be close to your next scheduled tablet skip the dose and continue the course as normal. Do not double dose.

One of the side effects of antibiotics is that they can cause diarrhoea. If your diarrhoea becomes bloody or water call your doctor. Please do not self medicate using anti-diarrhoea tablets until told to do so by your doctor.

Below are some of the general guidelines for the doses to use of cefixime in regards to different conditions.

  • Urinary Tract Infection

Usually, this is combatted through taking 400mg of Cefixime orally each day, or one 200mg twice a day. Ensure you take it with water to continue healthy kidney function

  • Tonsillitis and Bronchitis

Doctors will tell their patients to take 200mg strength doses of Cefixime twice a day, with 12 hour intervals between. This is the same for Bronchitis.

  • Gonorrhoea

Generally, patients are told to take 400mg of Cefixime twice a day. The patients sexual partner(s) should also be tested and treated to prevent further spreading.

Do not use this medicine if you are allergic to: cefixime, ceftin, cefzil, Keflex, omnicef and other antibiotics similar to these. You should also speak to your doctor before using Cefixime if you are allergic to any penicillins.

Possible Side Effects of Cefixime

Every medicine has potential side effects. Although they are uncommon, it is best to be aware of the side effects so that you can recognise them if you begin to exhibit symptoms. If you are worried about the side effects you think you are experiencing, contact your doctor. If they are more severe, contact immediate emergency help.

Common Side Effects

  • Diarrhoea
  • Indigestion
  • Stomach discomfort
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Unusual vaginal discharge of itching

Uncommon Side Effects

  • Thrush
  • Change in appetite
  • Wind
  • Fever
  • Dizziness
  • Skin rash or itchiness
  • Mouth becoming inflamed
  • Restlessness
  • Yellowing of the skin and eyes
  • Kidney inflammation

In rare cases patients taking Cefixime can suffer from a severe allergic reaction to the medicine. If you experience any of the warning symptoms you MUST contact an emergency service such as 111 or 999 immediately. The signs of a severe allergic reaction are:

  • Developing a skin rash which is itchy, red, swollen, blistered or peeling
  • Your chest or throat feeling tight. This can also be displayed through wheezing.
  • Experiencing difficulty in breathing or talking
  • Your facial extremities become swollen i.e. you mouth, face, lips, tongue or throat.
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How can I buy Cefixime online in the UK?

If you are a valid UK citizen and have a prescription from a doctor, you will be able to purchase Cefixime online in the UK with us, Medicine Direct. If you do not yet have a prescription for cefixime, you can fill in one of our health questionnaires which will be reviewed by one of our doctors. After assessing your answers, the doctors will then prescribe you the medicine if they deem it appropriate to do so.

How does Cefixime work in the body?

It stops bacteria from multiplying and spreading. It does this by preventing the bacteria to develop protective walls, which leaves them open to other substances and means their contents are secured.  

What are the signs of gonorrhoea?

Symptoms such as thick green or yellow discharge from the penis or vagina or pain during urination can be signs of an infection. However, not everyone experiences symptoms. If you are worried you may be infected it is best and safest to go and get checked. Alternatively if you or a recent sexual partner has tested positive for Gonorrhoea you can take a look at our Gonnorhoea treatments online

How can I help stop gonorrhoea from spreading?

You can prevent Gonorrhoea from spreading by taking extra precautions. For instance, you can use condoms during penetrative or oral sex. Also make sure you keep all sex toys properly cleaned and cover them with a condom.

Will Cefixime effect contraception?

Women are sometimes advised to use an extra form of contraception such as a condom which taking Cefixime, if they rely on oral contraception methods. This is because Cefixime can cause diarrhoea and vomiting.

What can Cefixime cure?

This antibiotic is used to treat infections caused by bacteria. It is used to cure a range of infections, from bronchitis to ear or sinus infections. It can also be used to treat urinary tract infections or gonorrhoea.

How do they test for gonorrhoea?

It is easily tested via a swab test which will take a sample of discharge. Urine samples can also be tested for men. You must get tested for gonorrhoea as soon as possible if you are worried that you might have it. If it is not treated quickly it can cause an inflammatory disease of the pelvis or infertility. You should avoid sex during treatment. Your sexual partner(s) should also be tested and treated to ensure reinfection does not occur or further spreading.

Can you take Cefixime if you are pregnant or breastfeeding?

It is not certain whether Cefixime can harm an unborn baby, or whether it can pass into breast milk. Speak to your doctor about this more fully if you are worried about the risk to your child. You must treat and get rid of gonorrhoea before giving birth. If the not, your baby may become blind during birth.

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