Suprax

Cefixime

Suprax is a brand of antibiotic otherwise known as cefixime manufactured by Sanofi. It is a medicine used to treat various bacterial infections, including cystitis.

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Description

Suprax is a brand of antibiotic, made by Sanofi. It is used in the treatment of a wide range of bacterial infections, including those of the urinary tract. Cystitis is one such condition. Suprax may be issued to those who are experiencing the illness for the first time, or who only get it infrequently.

  1. Widely-used medication
  2. Designated for uncomplicated cystitis 
  3. Popular branded antibiotic

The NHS estimates that a majority of women in the UK will experience cystitis at least once during their lives. It can affect women of any age, but those who are pregnant, going through the menopause or are sexually active are thought to be more at risk. It occurs when the bladder becomes infected with certain types of bacteria. Resultant symptoms may include inflammation and pain in the bladder, as well as cloudy or discoloured urine.

Cystitis is caused by the transfer of bacteria to the vagina from other sources. This might be through sex, or the use of insertable sanitary or contraceptive devices, or even through certain bathroom habits (which involve the moving of bacteria from the anus to the vagina). A lot of the time, infection is cleared by the body’s natural defences. However, more severe or longer-lasting cases may require treatment.

Bacterial infections are most typically tackled with antibiotics. In the case of Suprax, cefixime is the active ingredient which kills the infection. It does this by attacking the bacteria responsible, and disrupting the protective walls of cells. Once holes begin to emerge in these cell walls, the bacteria become unstable, and susceptible to attack from the immune system.

Treatment for cystitis and urinary infections is not available to buy online from our UK pharmacy. If you suspect you may have an infection, or are experiencing any of the symptoms described above, you should make an appointment with your doctor in person. They will recommend the most appropriate form of treatment, and issue a prescription, where required.

Active Ingredient

Suprax contains an antibiotic agent called cefixime. It is a broad-spectrum medicine, applied to the treatment of several different types of bacterial infection, and is a popular choice for uncomplicated instances of cystitis. It functions by preventing bacteria from maintaining consistent cell structure.

To keep their cell walls intact, bacteria need to produce certain types of proteins. Cefixime works by hindering the release of these proteins, and this in turn creates instabilities and gaps in bacterial cell walls. Once the cells of the bacteria can no longer contain their contents, they become open to attack from the immune system, and begin to die. This then cures the infection.

 

Page last reviewed:  Thursday, Jul 20 2017
Directions

Directions

To get the most out of your medicine, it is important to ensure you follow the directions issued by your doctor. Adhering to these, and to the instructions provided in the patient information leaflet, will also help to lower the risk of potential side effects.

  1. Administer the medication as prescribed. For Suprax tablets, this might be one or two tablets per day, either as a single or a divided dose, for a specified period.
  2. Take the tablets with water.
  3. Do not take more than the amount your doctor has prescribed.
  4. If you forget to take a dose, do not double up on your next one. Continue to take the medicine as directed.

These directions are only a guide. Please follow the instructions provided by your doctor and in the leaflet supplied.

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Side effects & Warnings

Side effects

It is vital to always be aware of the potential side effects a product may cause, so that you can seek advice from a doctor if they occur. Side effects associated with this item include:

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Allergic reaction; blistering or bleeding around the lips, eyes, mouth, nose or genitals; flu-like symptoms; fever; severe blistering; increased susceptibility to infection; bruising or bleeding more easily than normal; diarrhoea; feeling or being sick; indigestion; headaches; dizziness; and skin irritation.

Contact your nearest doctor immediately if any you notice of the above or anything at all unusual. The information provided here is not comprehensive. for a more detailed list of side effects, refer to the patient information leaflet.

Taking it with other medicines

Antibiotics can react with and reduce the working efficiency of other medicines and vice versa. Always inform your prescriber of any other treatments you are using during consultation.

Suprax has been known to affect the efficacy of blood-thinning medicines such as warfarin.

Conditions to look out for

The following conditions may make Suprax unsuitable for you to use: colitis, or kidney problems. Please inform your doctor of your medical history when undergoing consultation.

Pregnancy and breastfeeding

Check with your doctor before using Suprax if you are pregnant, breastfeeding or trying to become pregnant.

Page last reviewed:  Thursday, Jul 20 2017
Please read the patient information leaflet for this medicine fully before use:

Q&A

Can I still drink alcohol?

At present, there are no known interactions between alcohol and Suprax. However, as alcohol can inhibit the function of antibiotics, we would advise that you do not drink alcohol during the use of this medicine.

Will I still be able to drive?

Although it should not affect your ability to drive, you should avoid doing so if the medication causes side effects which slow down or reduce your judgement or coordination.

Can I take the medicine while pregnant?

It may not be suitable. Inform your prescriber before using Suprax if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

How should I store it?

You should always store your medications at room temperature unless otherwise specified. Ensure you keep the product in the original packaging wherever possible, and protected from sources of light or moisture.

Am I allergic to anything in the medicine?

Do not take Suprax if you are allergic to any of the containing ingredients, which include: cefixime, microcrystalline cellulose, pregelatinised starch, calcium hydrogen phosphate dihydrate, magnesium stearate, hypromellose, macrogol 6000 and titanium dioxide (E171).

Is it available over-the-counter?

No. You can only buy Suprax in the UK with a prescription.

Is it right for me?

Speak to your doctor if you think you may have cystitis, so that they can assess your symptoms. If you require treatment, they will be able to offer advice and prescribe a suitable medicine.

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