Suprax is a semisynthetic antibiotic which represents the 3rd generation of Cephalosporins for oral administration with a wide spectrum of action. It is mostly used for the treatment of the following conditions: sore throat, tonsillitis, sinusitis, acute and chronic bronchitis, otitis media, uncomplicated urinary tract infections, uncomplicated gonorrhea. Suprax may be also used for other infections treatment if recommended by a doctor. It has a bactericidal effect. The mechanism of action is due to the inhibition of the synthesis of the cell membrane of the pathogen.

Suprax Contraindications

The drug Suprax is contraindicated in some cases that include: children younger than 12 years of age, kidney dysfunction, hypersensitivity to penicillin and cephalosporin group as well as to other medicines.

Suprax should be used carefully by pregnant women and elderly patients. Tell your doctor if you are using any other medicine, vitamins or food supplements at the same time.

Side Effects

Quite rarely it can cause some side-effect like vomiting, candidiasis, dizziness, headache, diarrhea, constipation, flatulence, dysbacteriosis, dryness in mouth, nausea, kidney dysfunction and also some allergic reactions of skin.

Chronic administration of the drug can potentially disrupt the normal intestinal microflora, which may lead to the growth of Clostridium difficile and can cause the development of the severe diarrhea and pseudomembranous colitis. Patients taking Suprax, should be careful during driving the vehicles and performing ony types of potentially hazardous activities that require high concentration and quickness of psychomotor reactions.

Suprax may affect the central nervous system and cause headache or dizziness. As for the influence on the hematopoietic system, using Suprax in Ireland may cause hemolytic anemia, leukopenia, and neutropenia. The adverse effects connected with the digestive system may include anorexia, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, jaundice, hyperbilirubinemia, gastrointestinal candidiasis, dysbiosis. Rare side effects are stomatitis and pseudomembranous enterocolitis. The drug may also influence the urinary system and cause interstitial nephritis.

In case of the occurrence of any allergic reactions (fever, pruritus, flushing of the skin, eosinophilia), stop taking the medicine and contact the doctor.

Application and Dosage

The method of application and the dosage regimen of the drug depend on its form of release and other factors. The optimal dose regimen should be determined by your doctor. It is necessary to strictly observe the instructions, which come with the medication and the doctor’s medical advice.

The daily dose is 400 mg (1 time / day or 200 mg 2 times / day) for adult patients and children over 12 years old with a body weight of more than 50 kg. The duration of the treatment course is commonly 7-10 days. For treating uncomplicated gonorrhea the common dosage of Suprax is 400 mg at once.

According to the instructions children under the age of 12 years should take 8 mg / kg of body weight 1 time per day or 4 mg / kg every 12 hours.

Application in children

If it is necessary the drug Suprax can be prescribed by a doctor to children under 6 months of age. In this case the drug should be taken with extreme caution.

Special instructions

in Ireland

Suprax should be used with caution in elderly patients, patients with chronic renal failure or pseudomembranous colitis (in history), in children under 6 months of age.

You should inform your doctor beforehand if you are pregnant of breastfeeding. In this case the drug is not recommended, as there is a risk of bringing harm to a baby. Taking Suprax during pregnancy is possible only if the intended benefit to the mother outweighs the potential risk to the fetus. If there is a sharp necessity to take this medication during lactation, then you should stop breastfeeding.

During the treatment with the drug Suprax, a positive direct Coombs' reaction and a false positive urine glucose reaction are possible.

Before taking this antibiotic medication it is necessary to consult with a doctor and get the recipe as Suprax is a prescription drug. You should tell your doctor about all the medicine you have taken recently or have to take at the moment. Describe your symptoms to a medical specialist and try to be under the doctor’s supervision during the treatment. When experiencing any negative bothering you reactions you should consult with your doctor as soon as possible.

Never change the dosage that you are prescribed. Take the drug strictly observing all the doctor’s recommendations.

Store your medication in a dry, dark place, away from children. Do not let other people take your own medications.

Remember that the instructions in the article do not include the whole data on the drug. The list of side effects and contraindications is not complete. So if you have any questions about the medication and its use, then you should consult with your healthcare provider and get all the information.