Suprax is a semisynthetic antibiotic drug that has a broad spectrum of activity. The active component of Suprax is called Cefixime, an antibiotic agent from the class of drugs known as cephalosporins. It works by suppressing the synthesis of cell membrane of the causative organism. Suprax list of indications includes uncomplicated infection of urinary tract, tonsillitis, otitis media, pharyngitis, chronic bronchitis exacerbation, cervical/urethral gonorrhea.
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Suprax is an antibiotic indicated for the therapy of bacterial infections induced by the susceptible strains of microorganisms. The list of conditions Suprax is administered for includes middle ear infection (otitis media), various respiratory tract infections (tonsillitis, pharyngitis, bronchitis caused by various bacteria), sinusitis, uncomplicated gonorrhea and infections of the urinary tract (urethritis and/or cystitis).
What is Suprax?
Suprax (Cefixime) is an antibacterial drug used for treating infections of many types. It was developed by the Wyeth pharmaceutical company relatively recently, yet has already become a big influence in the medical field. Due to its effectiveness, Suprax was added to the World Health Organization’s list of essential medicines, considered to be a valid representation of the most useful and promising medicines around today. Like other antibiotics, Suprax activates and prohibits the cell wall synthesis of bacteria, which leads to the bacteria’s death.
What are the indications for using Suprax?
Suprax can be applied to treat:
Otitis – also known as ear infection. Otitis usually has an abrupt onset, and its symptoms include pain, swelling of the ear, fever, cough, and sometimes discharge.
Sinusitis – a very common infection of the sinuses, affecting tens of millions of people every year. Sinusitis has several causes. Among them are: allergy, infection, secondhand smoke and some autoimmune problems.
Tonsillitis – also known as tonsil infection, usually caused by some bacteria types like Streptococcus. Though tonsillitis usually only affects the mouth area, symptoms may include headache, sore throat, chills, coughing, etc.
Bronchitis – an inflammation of the bronchi (airways connecting the trachea and lungs, carrying air). Bronchitis has two variations – acute and chronic. Patients suffering from acute bronchitis will usually deal with a mild cough that bothers them for a short period of time, while the chronic type is more severe and can last for months or years.
Pneumonia – one of the world’s most common and most dangerous conditions. This bacterial infection mostly affects the young and old, with bacteria spreading in the respiratory tract and multiplying until the infection is dealt with.
What is the dosage of Suprax?
Suprax is most commonly sold in the form of tablets, which should be administered orally, with or without food. The standard adult dose for treating most infections is 400 mg per day, though some cases are better suited with individual dosage.
What are the contraindications for treating Suprax?
Suprax is contraindicated amongst patients allergic to it or other antibiotics. Furthermore, patients who suffer from kidney disease, colitis, or phenylketonuria should consult a doctor before commencing treatment. Suprax is also known to interact with certain blood thinners, bacterial vaccines, Probenecid, and rifamycins.
What are the adverse effects of using Suprax?
The most common side effects of Suprax include the following: diarrhea (16%), nausea (7%), frequent stools (6%), flatulence (4%), dyspepsia (3%), abdominal pain (3%).
The following side effects have been experienced by less than 2% of the patients: gastrointestinal tract (pseudomembranous colitis), hypersensitivity reactions (skin rashes, drug fever, urticaria, angioedema, pruritus, and facial edema), hepatic (transient elevation of alkaline phosphatase, SGOT and SGPT, jaundice, hepatitis), central nervous system (dizziness, headaches, and seizures).