Cefpodoxime is an antibiotic that treats infections. Even if you feel better, do not stop taking the medication.

Cefpodoxime Overview


Cefpodoxime is a prescription medication used to treat certain infections such as pneumonia, bronchitis, and gonorrhea.  It is also used to treat infections of the ear, skin, throat, sinuses, and urinary tract.  Cefpodoxime belongs to a group of drugs called cephalosporins. These work by killing bacteria. 

This medication comes in a tablet and liquid form and is usually taken twice a day.  The liquid can be taken with or without food.  The tablets should be taken with food.

Common side effects of cefpodoxime include diarrhea, nausea, and stomach pain.

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Uses of Cefpodoxime

Cefpodoxime is a prescription medication used in the treatment of the following:

  • infections of the ear, nose, and throat
  • pneumonia
  • bronchitis
  • gonorrhea (sexually transmitted disease that can affect the genital tract, mouth, or anus)
  • skin infection
  • sinus infection
  • urinary tract infection

This medication may be prescribed for other uses. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

Cefpodoxime Brand Names

Cefpodoxime may be found in some form under the following brand names:

Cefpodoxime Drug Class

Cefpodoxime is part of the drug class:

Side Effects of Cefpodoxime

Serious side effects have been reported with cefpodoxime. See the "Drug Precautions" section.

Common side effects of cefpodoxime include the following:

  • diarrhea
  • nausea
  • stomach pain
  • vaginal fungal infections
  • headache
  • rash
  • vomiting

This is not a complete list of cefpodoxime side effects. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

Tell your doctor if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away.

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.