What is a Generic Drug?

A generic drug is a copy of the brand-name drug with the same dosage, safety, strength, quality, consumption method, performance, and intended use. Before generics become available on the market, the generic company must prove it has the same active ingredients as the brand-name drug and works in the same way and in the same amount of time in the body.

The only differences between generics and their brand-name counterparts is that generics are less expensive and may look slightly different (eg. different shape or color), as trademarks laws prevent a generic from looking exactly like the brand-name drug.

Generics are less expensive because generic manufacturers don't have to invest large sums of money to develop a drug. When the brand-name patent expires, generic companies can manufacture a copy of the brand-name and sell it at a substantial discount.

Vantin (Cefpodoxime Proxetil)


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Generic Equivalent - Vantin (Cefpodoxime Proxetil)

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    Your doctor may prescribe Vantin for the treatment of a bacterial infection. It is indicated to treat the following conditions:

    • Acute exacerbation of COPD
    • Otitis media
    • Pneumonia
    • Rhinosinusitis
    • Skin infection
    • Streptococcal pharyngitis

    Vantin is an antibacterial medication that works by preventing bacterial cells from building a cell wall. The cell wall is a critical organ for bacterial cells and protects them from their environment. By preventing the formation of cell walls, Vantin slows and stops bacterial infections.


    The usual dose of Vantin is 200 mg by mouth twice daily for 5-7 days. The dose and length of therapy may be different depending on the specific type of infection.


    The active ingredient in this drug is cefpodoxime proxetil.


    May drugs, including Vantin, have potential drug-drug interactions. Tell your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any of the following:

    • Aminoglycosides
    • Antacids
    • Bacillus clausii
    • BCG Vaccine
    • Cholera Vaccine
    • Histamine H2 Receptor Antagonists
    • Immune Checkpoint Inhibitors
    • Lactobacillus and Estriol
    • Probenecid
    • Proton Pump Inhibitors
    • Sodium Picosulfate
    • Typhoid Vaccine
    • Vitamin K Antagonists


    Do not take this drug for longer or shorter than prescribed.

    Tell your doctor if you have a history of allergic reactions or hypersensitivity to penicillin or beta-lactam drugs.

    Tell your doctor if you have a history of kidney problems. The dosage may need to be adjusted if your kidney function is impaired.

    Side Effects

    Vantin can cause the following adverse reactions:

    • Abdominal pain
    • Anaphylaxis
    • Anxiety
    • Chest pain
    • Cough
    • Decreased appetite
    • Diaper rash
    • Diarrhea
    • Diarrhea
    • Dizziness
    • Dysgeusia
    • Epistaxis
    • Eye pruritus
    • Fatigue
    • Fever
    • Flatulence
    • Flushing
    • Fungal skin infection
    • Headache
    • Hypotension
    • Insomnia
    • Malaise
    • Nausea
    • Nightmares
    • Pruritus
    • Pseudomembranous colitis
    • Purpuric nephritis
    • Skin rash
    • Tinnitus
    • Vaginal infection
    • Vomiting
    • Vulvovaginal candidiasis
    • Weakness
    • Xerostomia


    Vantin [package insert]. New York, NY: Pfizer, Inc.; 2013.

    IMPORTANT NOTE: The above information is intended to increase awareness of health information and does not suggest treatment or diagnosis. This information is not a substitute for individual medical attention and should not be construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. See your health care professional for medical advice and treatment.

    Product Code : 10037

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