Generic Name: cefuroxime, Oral tablet

Alti-Cefuroxime ,Ceftin

All Brands

  • Alti-Cefuroxime
  • Ceftin
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Highlights for cefuroxime

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CEFUROXIME (se fyoor OX eem) is a cephalosporin antibiotic. It is used to treat certain kinds of bacterial infections. It will not work for colds, flu, or other viral infections.
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This drug also comes in other forms, including Parenteral SolutionOral Suspension
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Talk to your healthcare provider if you have any of these conditions.
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Know what to watch for and get tips for reducing your risks while taking this drug.
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cefuroxime Side Effects

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Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:

  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
  • dark urine
  • difficulty breathing
  • fever
  • irregular heartbeat or chest pain
  • redness, blistering, peeling or loosening of the skin, including inside the mouth
  • seizures
  • unusual bleeding or bruising
  • unusually weak or tired
  • white patches or sores in the mouth

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • diarrhea
  • gas or heartburn
  • headache
  • nausea, vomiting
  • vaginal itching
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cefuroxime May Interact with Other Medications

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This medicine may interact with the following medications:

-antacids

-birth control pills

-certain medicines for infection like amikacin, gentamicin, tobramycin

-diuretics

-probenecid

-warfarin

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How to Use cefuroxime

Oral tablet

Take this medicine by mouth with a full glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Do not crush or chew. This medicine works best if you take it with food. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed. Take all of your medicine as directed even if you think your are better. Do not skip doses or stop your medicine early.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed. While this drug may be prescribed for children as young as 3 months of age for selected conditions, precautions do apply.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:

  • bleeding problems
  • bowel disease, like colitis
  • kidney disease
  • liver disease
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to cefuroxime, other antibiotics or medicines, foods, dyes or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast-feeding
What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Tell your doctor or health care professional if your symptoms do not improve or if you get new symptoms.

Do not treat diarrhea with over the counter products. Contact your doctor if you have diarrhea that lasts more than 2 days or if it is severe and watery.

This medicine can interfere with some urine glucose tests. If you use such tests, talk with your health care professional.

If you are being treated for a sexually transmitted disease, avoid sexual contact until you have finished your treatment. Your sexual partner may also need treatment.

Where should I keep my medicine?

Keep out of the reach of children.

Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Keep container tightly closed. Protect from moisture. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.

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