Cefpodoxime proxetil is an oral cephalosporin antibiotic used to treat bacterial infections of the skin, such as wounds and abscesses as well as bladder and respiratory infections in dogs and skin and soft tissue infections in cats. It does not treat viral or parasitic infections. Cefpodoxime proxetil is not FDA approved for use in veterinary medicine; however, it is a commonly accepted practice for veterinarians to prescribe this product for dogs and it may be useful in cats as well.
Cefpodoxime proxetil requires a prescription from your veterinarian.
Treats bacterial skin, bladder and respiratory infections in dogs
Treats skin & soft tissue infections in cats
Simple oral once-daily dosing
Can be given with or without food
Comes in a film-coated tablet for easy administration
How it works:
Cefpodoxime proxetil is used to treat skin infections in dogs susceptible to certain bacteria strains as well as bladder and respiratory infections. It is also used to treat skin and soft tissue infections in cats. It is a cephalosporin antibiotic that treats bacterial infections by suppressing the growth of micro-organisms such as bacteria, fungi, or protozoa.
Contact your veterinarian in the event of an allergic reaction (such as, shortness of breath, hives, swelling, rash, fainting, vomiting, diarrhea, mucous or blood in the stool, unusual bleeding, or bruising). Also, do not give to animals who are hypersensitive to penicillin or cephalosporin.
Brand Name Vantin
Active ingredients: Cefpodoxime proxetil
What is this product used for: Cefpodoxime proxetil treats a range of infections, including those of the skin, bladder and respiratory system.
Availability: Cefpodoxime proxetil requires a prescription from a veterinarian.
How this product should be used: Cefpodoxime proxetil is an oral antibiotic. Follow the directions given by your veterinarian. Keep plenty of water available for your pet to drink. Give all the medication prescribed even if your pet seems to be fully recovered.
What special precautions are there: The safety of cefpodoxime proxetil in dogs used for breeding, pregnant dogs,
or lactating bitches has not been demonstrated. Safety for cats that are breeding, pregnant, or lactating also has not been demonstrated due to a lack of adequate studies. It may be used, however, if the prescribing veterinarian feels that the benefits outweigh the risks involved. As with other cephalosporins, cefpodoxime proxetil may occasionally induce a positive direct Coombs' test. Keep this and all drugs out of reach of children. Antimicrobial drugs, including penicillin and cephalosporins, can cause allergic reactions in sensitized individuals. To minimize the possibility of allergic reactions, those handling such antimicrobials, including cefpodoxime, are advised to avoid direct contact of the product with the skin and mucous membranes.
What should I avoid while giving cefpodoxime proxetil: Do not administer at the same time as giving antacids such as Maalox or other stomach acid reducers such as Tagamet.
What are the possible side effects of cefpodoxime proxetil: Stop administering and seek emergency veterinary medical care in the event of an allergic reaction (shortness of breath; hives; swelling of the lips, tongue, or face; rash; or fainting), severe nausea, vomiting or diarrhea, mucus or blood in the stool, and unusual bleeding or bruising. Other, less serious side effects such as mild nausea, diarrhea, or yeast infection may be more likely to occur.† Continue to give cefpodoxime proxetil and notify your veterinarian if these symptoms occur. Talk to your veterinarian about any side effect that seems unusual or bothersome to your pet.
In the event of an overdose: Call your veterinarian immediately or take your pet to an emergency clinic.
Cefpodoxime proxetil is an oral antibiotic belonging to a class of drugs called cephalosporins that fight bacteria in the body.
Cefpodoxime proxetil can be used to treat many different types of infections such as bronchitis, and pneumonia as well as ear, skin and urinary tract infections.
Cefpodoxime proxetil is not FDA approved for use in veterinary medicine; however, it is a commonly accepted practice for veterinarians to prescribe this product for dogs, and it may be useful for cats as well.
Tip: Even though cefpodoxime proxetil can be given without food, some pets do experience some digestive upset. Administer with food to lessen gastrointestinal side effects.
Give this medication exactly as directed by your veterinarian. The usual dose of cefpodoxime proxetil in dogs is 2.3-4.5mg/pound, given by mouth, once a day for 5 to 7 days or 2 to 3 days beyond the cessation of clinical signs, up to a maximum of 28 days.
Give this medication exactly as directed by your veterinarian. The usual dose of cefpodoxime proxetil in cats is 2.27mg/pound, given by mouth, every 12 hours or 4.55mg/pound by mouth daily.
You should see improvement within 3 to 4 days depending on the type of infection, the main thing is to give the medication as your veterinarian has prescribed. If you do not see any improvement after completing the medication, you should contact the clinic and let them know. Thanks for your question.
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