P/T is an infection of the throat and tonsils. While most adults do not get infections in their tonsils due to changes in that part of the body after childhood, throat infections that cause a sore throat are common in both children and adults.1 Both viruses and bacteria can cause throat infections, but antibiotics only treat bacterial infections. When the sore throat is caused by group A Streptococcus (strep) bacteria, these infections are called strep throat.2
Both children and adults can get P/T caused by group A strep. The infection is more common in children, but parents who have around children in school or adults who work in childcare will be more likely to get strep throat than people who spend little time with children.2
A sore throat is a common symptom of P/T in adults, as is painful swallowing, a fever, red spots on the roof of the mouth, and swollen lymph nodes in the neck. Some adults might have swollen or inflamed tonsils.
Suprax can be used to treat P/T when it's caused by specific bacteria. Your doctor will make a diagnosis of your condition after examining you and may choose Suprax to fight the infection if it's an appropriate treatment.3
1. Tonsillitis. Mayo Clinic. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/tonsillitis/symptoms-causes/syc-20378479. Updated July 17, 2015. Accessed February 14, 2018. 2. Group A Streptococcal (GAS) Disease - Strep Throat. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. https://www.cdc.gov/groupastrep/diseases-public/strep-throat.html. Updated September 16, 2016. Accessed February 14, 2018. 3. Suprax® Prescribing Information.
- SUPRAX® (cefixime) is a cephalosporin antibiotic, used in patients six months of age or older to treat urinary tract, ear, throat, upper respiratory or tonsil infections, as well chronic bronchitis and uncomplicated gonorrhea. This medication will not treat viral infections such as the cold or the flu. In order for this medication to work, it should be taken for the entire length of time prescribed by your doctor.
IMPORTANT FACTS ABOUT SUPRAX
DO NOT USE IF YOU
- Are allergic to cefixime or to other cephalosporins.
WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS
- Stop using and get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat, hives, or difficulty breathing.
- This medication may cause a severe intestinal condition (Clostridium difficile-associated diarrhea) due to a resistant bacterium. Tell your doctor immediately if you develop persistent diarrhea, abdominal or stomach pain/cramping or blood/mucus in your stool.
- Tell your doctor if you have a history of kidney disease.
- Before having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist that you are using SUPRAX. Your blood clotting activity (prothrombin time) will need to be checked.
- SUPRAX can cause unusual results with certain urine and blood tests. Tell your doctor who treats you that you are using this medication.
- You should know that unnecessary use of antibiotics may increase the risk of developing antibiotic-resistant infections.
- SUPRAX Chewable Tablets contain aspartame, a source of phenylalanine. Tablets of 100, 150, and 200 mg strength contain 3.3, 5, and 6.7 mg of phenylalanine, respectively.
- The most common side effects are diarrhea, nausea, loose stools, gases and dyspepsia (belly pain or discomfort).
ASK A DOCTOR BEFORE USE IF
- You are taking the drug carbamazepine.
- You are taking a blood thinner.
- You are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding your baby. It is not known if this medication passes into breast milk and whether it may harm a nursing baby.
The risk information provided here is not complete. To learn more, talk about SUPRAX with your doctor or pharmacist. The FDA-approved product labeling can be found at www.supraxrx.com.
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch, call 1-800-FDA-1088, or call Lupin Pharmaceuticals, Inc. at 1-800-399-2561.