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Cefuroxime axetil oral
CEFUROXIME SUSPENSION - ORAL

Important Note

The following information is intended to supplement, not substitute for, the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacist or other healthcare professional. It should not be construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. Consult your healthcare professional before using this drug.

CEFUROXIME SUSPENSION - ORAL

(seff-you-ROX-eem)

COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Ceftin

Uses

This medication is a cephalosporin antibiotic and is used to treat a wide variety of bacterial infections.

How To Use

Shake the container well before each dosing and take by mouth, usually twice daily or as directed by your doctor. This medication must be taken with food. Antibiotics work best when the amount of medicine in the body is kept at a constant level. Do this by using the medication at evenly spaced intervals throughout the day and night. Continue to use this medication 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 and may result in a relapse of the infection.

Side Effects

This medication may cause stomach upset, diarrhea, loss of appetite, nausea or vomiting. If these effects persist or worsen, inform the doctor promptly. Other side effects reported with this medication include headache, dizziness, fatigue, muscle aches and strange taste in the mouth. Also, reoccurring fever, easy bruising or bleeding or persistent sore throat have been reported. Inform the doctor promptly if any of these effects occur. Though occurring rarely, seek immediate medical attention if you experience: seizures, jerky movements, severe drowsiness, yellowing of the eyes or skin, dark urine, change in the amount of urine. In the unlikely event an allergic reaction to this drug occurs, seek immediate medical attention. Symptoms of an allergic reaction include: rash, itching, swelling, dizziness, trouble breathing. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Precautions

Tell your doctor your medical history, especially of: kidney disease, stomach or intestinal disorders, any drug allergies. Use of this medication for prolonged or repeated periods may result in a secondary infection (e.g., oral, bladder or vaginal yeast infection). Before using this drug, tell your doctor if you are pregnant. This drug is excreted into breast milk. Though there have been no problems (to date) in nursing infants, consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

Drug Interactions

Tell your doctor of all medications you may use (both prescription and nonprescription), especially of: live vaccines, other antibiotics. This drug may interfere with the effectiveness of birth control pills. Discuss using other methods of birth control with your doctor. Diabetics should be aware this medication may cause false positive urine glucose tests. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist about reliable ways to monitor blood glucose. Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.

Overdose

If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately. Symptoms of overdose may include seizures.

Notes

This medication has been prescribed for this illness only. Do not save it and use it later for another infection or give it to someone else. A different medication may be necessary.

Missed Dose

If a dose is missed, use it as soon as remembered unless it is almost time for the next dose. If it is nearly time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume the usual dosing schedule. Do not double the dose to catch up.

Storage

After being mixed with water, this drug must be stored between 36 to 77 degrees F (2 to 25 degrees C) away from moisture and sunlight. This drug may be refrigerated. Discard any unused portion after 10 days.