Cefuroxime is used to treat various bacterial infections. This medicine is called a cephalosporin antibiotic. It works by stopping the growth of bacteria. This antibiotic only treats bacterial infections. It does not affect viral infections (such as colds, flu). Using any antibiotic when it is not needed may result in it not being effective against future infections.
Take this medication by mouth as directed by your doctor, usually twice daily (every 12 hours). Taking cefuroxime with food may increase absorption and reduce stomach upset. The dosage depends on your medical condition and response to treatment.
Swallow the tablet whole. Do not crush or chew the tablets as they have a strong, bitter taste. If you have difficulty swallowing tablets, use this medication as a liquid suspension.
For best results, take this antibiotic at regular intervals. To help you remember, take this medication at the same time every day.
Even if symptoms go away after a few days, continue taking this medication until you have taken the full prescribed dose. Stopping medication too early may cause the infection to return.
Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or abdominal pain may occur. Dizziness and drowsiness may occur less frequently, especially at higher doses. If these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.
Remember that this medication is prescribed because your doctor has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this drug do not experience serious side effects.
Tell your doctor right away if you experience any serious side effects, including: unusual tiredness/weakness, signs of liver problems (such as persistent nausea/vomiting, stomach/abdominal pain, yellowing eyes/skin, dark urine ), kidneys. problems (eg, change in urine output), signs of a new infection (eg, persistent sore throat, fever), easy bruising/bleeding, rapid movements, mental/mood changes (eg, confusion).
In rare cases, this drug may cause serious intestinal illness due to C. difficile. This may happen during treatment or several weeks or months after stopping treatment. Tell your doctor right away if you have: persistent diarrhea, abdominal or stomach pain/cramps, blood/mucus in your stool.
If you have these symptoms, do not take antidiarrheal medications or opioids as they may worsen your symptoms.
Long-term or repeated use of this medication may cause thrush or a new vaginal yeast infection (yeast infection of the mouth or vagina). Contact your doctor if you notice white spots in your mouth, changes in vaginal discharge, or other new symptoms.
A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, get medical help right away if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.
This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
Before taking cefuroxime, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it, to penicillins or other cephalosporin antibiotics (such as cephalexin), or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients that may cause allergic reactions or other problems. Ask your pharmacist for more details.
Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: kidney disease, intestinal disease (colitis), liver disease, malnutrition.
This medicine may make you dizzy or drowsy. Alcohol or marijuana may make you dizzy or drowsy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that requires alertness until you can do it safely. Limit alcoholic drinks. If you use marijuana, talk to your doctor.
Cefuroxime may reduce the effectiveness of live bacterial vaccines (eg, typhoid vaccine). Before getting any shots/vaccinations, tell your doctor that you are using cefuroxime.
Before having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist about all the products you use (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products).
During pregnancy, this medication should be used only when absolutely necessary. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.
Drug interactions may change how your medications work or increase your risk of serious side effects. This document does not contain all possible drug interactions. Keep a list of all the products you use (including prescription/nonprescription drugs and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medications without your doctor’s approval.
Post time: Nov-09-2023