Cefuroxime is used to treat a wide variety of bacterial infections. Cefuroxime is known as a cephalosporin antibiotic. It works by stopping the growth of bacteria. This antibiotic treats only bacterial infections. It will not work for viral infections (such as common cold, flu). Using any antibiotic when it is not needed can cause it to not work for future infections.
How to Use Cefuroxime
Take Cefuroxime by mouth usually twice daily (every 12 hours), or as directed by your doctor. Take cefuroxime with food to increase absorption and reduce stomach upset. Dosage of Cefuroxime is based on your medical condition and response to therapy. Swallow the tablets whole. Do not crush or chew because the tablets have a strong bitter taste. Use the liquid suspension form of Cefuroxime if it is difficult to swallow the tablets. For the best effect, take this antibiotic at evenly spaced times. To help you remember, take Cefuroxime at the same time(s) every day. Continue to take Cefuroxime until the full-prescribed amount is finished, even if symptoms disappear after a few days. Stopping the medication too early may allow bacteria to continue to grow, which may result in a relapse of the infection. Tell your doctor if your condition lasts or gets worse.
Before taking cefuroxime, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to penicillins or other cephalosporin antibiotics (such as cephalexin); or if you have any other allergies. Cefuroxime may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details. Before using Cefuroxime, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history,kidney disease, intestinal disease (colitis), liver disease, poor nutrition. Cefuroxime may make you dizzy or drowsy. Alcohol or marijuana (cannabis) can make you more dizzy or drowsy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs alertness until you can do it safely. Limit alcoholic beverages. Talk to your doctor if you are using marijuana (cannabis). Cefuroxime may cause live bacterial vaccines (such as typhoid vaccine) to not work well. Tell your health care professional that you are using cefuroxime before having any immunizations/vaccinations. Older adults may be more sensitive to the side effects of Cefuroxime. During pregnancy, Cefuroxime should be used only when clearly needed. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor. Cefuroxime passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
If you miss a dose of Cefuroxime, take it as soon as you remember. If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose. Take your next dose at the regular time. Do not double the dose to catch up.
Drug interactions may change how your medications work or increase your risk for 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 medicines without your doctor's approval. Cefuroxime may affect the results of certain lab tests. It may cause false positive results with certain diabetic urine testing products (cupric sulfate-type) and false negative results with certain blood glucose tests. Make sure laboratory personnel and your doctors know you use Cefuroxime.
Cefuroxime Side Effects
Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or stomach pain may occur. Dizziness and drowsiness may occur less frequently, especially with higher doses. If any of these effects last or get worse, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly. Remember that Cefuroxime has been prescribed because your doctor has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using Cefuroxime do not have serious side effects. Tell your doctor right away if you have any serious side effects,unusual tiredness/weakness, signs of liver problems (such as nausea/vomiting that doesn't stop, stomach/abdominal pain, yellowing eyes/skin, dark urine), signs of kidney problems (such as change in the amount of urine), signs of new infection (such as sore throat that doesn't go away, fever), easy bruising/bleeding, jerky movements, mental/mood changes (such as confusion). Cefuroxime may rarely cause a severe intestinal condition due to a bacteria called C. difficile. This condition may occur during treatment or weeks to months after treatment has stopped.diarrhea that doesn't stop, abdominal or stomach pain/cramping, blood/mucus in your stool. If you have these symptoms, do not use anti-diarrhea or opioid products because they may make symptoms worse. Use of Cefuroxime for prolonged or repeated periods may result in oral thrush or a new vaginal yeast infection (oral or vaginal fungal infection). Contact your doctor if you notice white patches in your mouth, a change in vaginal discharge or other new symptoms. A very serious allergic reaction to Cefuroxime is rare. However, get medical help right away if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction,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. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or at www.fda.gov/medwatch. In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.
Store at room temperature away from light and moisture. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep all medications away from children and pets. Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. Properly discard Cefuroxime when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist or local waste disposal company.
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