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Last updated on 05/07/2021.

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GENERIC NAME: Cefpodoxime


BRAND NAME(S) IN HONG KONG: Monocef-0, Cacef, CP

DRUG CLASS: Antibiotics

SUB CLASS: Cephalosporins (Third Generation)

USED FOR: Acute otitis media, gonorrhoea, urinary tract infections (UTIs), respiratory tract infections, bronchitis, community-acquired pneumonia, skin and soft tissue infections

– 100 mg (dispersible tablets)
– 200 mg (tablets)
– 100 mg/5ml (oral suspension)

What is Cefpodoxime for?

Cefpodoxime belongs to a class of medications called cephalosporin antibiotics. It kills bacteria by interrupting the integrity of bacterial cell walls. It is used to treat infections, including respiratory tract infections like bronchitis and pneumonia, gonorrhea (a sexually transmitted disease), and skin and soft tissue infections. Cefpodoxime does not work for virus or fungus infections.

How to use it?

Cefpodoxime is available as a tablet and an oral suspension to be taken with or without food. If you take an oral suspension, shake the bottle well before use to mix the medication evenly.

Acute otitis media
4 mg/kg body weight every 12 hours. Maximum dosage is 200 mg daily.

Skin and soft tissue infections
200-400 mg every 12 hours.
4 mg/kg body weight every 12 hours. Maximum dosage is 200 mg daily.

Respiratory infections, urinary tract infections
100-200 every 12 hours.
4 mg/kg body weight every 12 hours. Maximum dosage is 200 mg daily.

Uncomplicated gonorrhoea
200 mg as a single dose.

What are the side effects of Cefpodoxime?

Common side effects of Cefpodoxime include abdominal pain, diarrhoea, dizziness, headache, nausea and vomiting, and allergic skin reactions.

Who should not take Cefpodoxime?

– People allergic to Cefpodoxime or any component of the formulation.
– Anyone who is allergic to cephalosporins.

Pharmacist Tips:

– Report severe diarrhoea and ask your doctor or pharmacist before taking antidiarrheal medicines.
– Drink plenty of water to replace any lost fluids due to diarrhoea.
– If you experience symptoms like skin rash or enlarged lymph nodes, report to your doctor immediately.

Common dosing schedule:
Cefpodoxime is usually administered every 12 hours. You can take Cefpodoxime with or without food.

This schedule is for reference only, adjustments may be made according to individual needs.

Some common medications Cefpodoxime may interact with:
– Antidiarrheal medications
– Antacids
– Histamine-2 receptor blocker, e.g. Famotidine, Cimetidine, Ranitidine

Please notify your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking the above medication, dosage adjustments might be needed.

Where to buy Cefpodoxime in Hong Kong?

In Hong Kong, Cefpodoxime is a prescription only medicine, and requires a prescription from a doctor to be purchased in a pharmacy. It can also be obtained from doctors. To find a pharmacy near you, refer to the list of pharmacies (“Authorized Sellers of Poisons”) from the Hong Kong Department of Health. 

For more information about drug names and ingredients, you can visit Hong Kong’s Drug Office at

Need more information?

For detailed information about the use of Cefpodoxime in children, pregnancy and breastfeeding, and for questions about drug interactions, please check with your pharmacist or doctor.

Disclaimer: our goal is to provide you with the most relevant drug information and common dosage for Hong Kong. This information does not constitute medical advice. For specific treatment recommendations and advice, always discuss with your doctor or pharmacist, and follow the instructions included with your specific medicine.