Ceftin (Cefuroxime)

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What is Ceftin (Cefuroxime) prescribed for?

Ceftin is used to treat a wide variety of bacterial infections. Ceftin belongs to a group of drugs known as cephalosporin antibiotic. It works by halting the growth of the bacteria. Keep in mind that this medication is only meant to be used as treatment towards bacterial infections. It will not work on virus infections, such as the flu and the common cold.

This medication is usually taken by mouth, twice daily, every 12 hours. Or as directed to you by your doctor.  It is best to take this medication with food, to increase the chances of absorption and to reduce upsetting your stomach. Remember that the dose you are give is based on your medical condition and your response to the treatment.

Make sure to swallow the tablets whole. Do not crush, or chew.

Make sure to take this medication until the prescribed amount is completely finished. Even if your symptoms disappear within a few days, it is best to continue as your doctor as told you. To stop taking the medication can result in a relapse in the infection, because the bacteria was allowed to regrow.

Before taking cefuroxime, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to penicillins or other cephalosporin antibiotics (e.g., cephalexin); or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to 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, poor nutrition.

Cefuroxime may cause live bacterial vaccines (such as typhoid vaccine) to not work as well. Do not have any immunizations/vaccinations while using this medication unless your doctor tells you to.

Caution is advised when using this drug in the elderly because they may be more sensitive to its 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 persist or worsen, notify your doctor or pharmacist promptly.

Tell your doctor right away if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: unusual tiredness/weakness.

Tell your doctor right away if any of these rare but very serious side effects occur: yellowing of the eyes/skin, severe stomach/abdominal pain, persistent nausea/vomiting, dark urine, signs of kidney problems (such as change in the amount of urine), signs of new infection (e.g., fever, persistent sore throat), easy bruising/bleeding, jerky movements, chest pain, mental/mood changes (such as confusion).

This medication may rarely cause a severe intestinal condition (Clostridium difficile-associated diarrhea) due to a resistant bacteria. This condition may occur while receiving therapy or even weeks to months after treatment has stopped. Do not use anti-diarrhea or opioid medications if you have the following symptoms because these products may make them worse. Tell your doctor right away if you develop: persistent diarrhea, abdominal or stomach pain/cramping, blood/mucus in your stool.

Use of this medication 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.

What happens if I suddenly stop taking this medication?

There may be a relapse in symptoms as well as side effects. You should speak your doctor before stop taking this medication.

 

What is the best dosage to take?

The diagnosis with your doctor will be able to determine the best dosage for your treatment. Work with your doctor closely for dosage and dosing schedules.

 

What happens if I miss a dose?

You should take the missed dose as soon you realize you have forgotten. If the forgotten dose is closer to your next scheduled dose, take the next schedule dose to avoid overlapping in dose.

 

What is the best way to store this medication?

This medication is stored at room temperature, and should be kept away from children and pets. Do not throw away this medication in the wastebasket. If you are uncertain how to dispose of this medication speak with your pharmacist for help in safely disposing of this medication.

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