Compare Vantin vs. Bactrim

Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.

Treats bacterial infections.

Vantin (cefpodoxime) is good for treating many bacterial infections and it works best if you take the full course without stopping.

Kills bacteria.

Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole / trimethoprim) is good for treating many bacterial infections and is available as a generic. However, you can be more likely to sunburn.

3.6/ 5 average rating with 473 reviewsforBactrim
  • Used to treat many types of bacterial infections.
  • Available in two different forms: tablet and liquid suspension.
  • People usually have few side effects when taking it.
  • Vantin (cefpodoxime) is available as a generic.
  • The suspension may be taken with or without food.
  • Widely available as a generic product and in a variety of formulations (tablet, capsule, suspension).
  • Works well to treat many types of bacterial infections
  • If you're on blood thinners, let your doctor know. Vantin (cefpodoxime) can interact with your medications and make you more likely to bleed.
  • You can't take antacids within 2 hours of this drug.
  • Vantin (cefpodoxime) can affect certain lab tests, let all your healthcare providers know that you're taking Vantin (cefpodoxime).
  • Makes you sensitive to the sun.
  • Can upset your stomach
  • Drink plenty of water or fluids to avoid harming your kidneys
  • May cause birth defects
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Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Liquid
  • Pill
  • Liquid
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Side effects
5possible side effects
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea
  • Diaper rash/fungal skin rash
  • Other skin rashes
  • Vomiting
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The Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole / trimethoprim) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
Risks and risk factors
  • Diarrhea
  • Allergic reaction
    • Allergy to antibiotics
  • New infection
    • Taking Vantin (cefpodoxime) for a long time
  • Kidney problems
    • Kidney problems
    • Kidney disease
    • Hemodialysis
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  • Diarrhea
  • Sunburn
  • Rash
  • Harm to fetus
  • Lower kidney function
    • Elderly
    • Taking other medicines that lower kidney function
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