Cefuroxime is used for the treatment of susceptible infections of the lower respiratory tract, otitis media, urinary tract, skin and soft tissue, bone and joint, sepsis and gonorrhoea. It is an antibiotic drug that a part of the class of medicines called cephalosporin.
This broad-spectrum antibiotic is useful in treating a wide variety of infections that are caused by bacteria. This medicine specifically used for the treatment of infections caused by staphylococci, group B streptococci, H. influenzae (type A and B), E. coli, Enterobacter, Salmonella, and Klebsiella.
It is used in the treatment of conditions such as acute or chronic bronchitis, tonsillitis, Lyme disease, Chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, pneumonia, laryngitis, sinusitis and urinary tract infections. This drug is also used to treat bacterial infections of the throat, cervix, pelvis, urethra, skin, middle ear and nasal passage.
Cefuroxime works by creating a hostile environment for the bacteria to survive. It damages the cell walls of bacteria, prevents the growth of bacteria and therefore eliminates the bacterial infection.
Cefuroxime intervenes in the bacteria’s process of forming cell walls. The cell walls of the bacteria are essential for their survival. The bacterial cell walls protect the contents of the cell from leaking out. This antibiotic damages the bond that keeps the cell wall in one piece.
Therefore, Cefuroxime causes holes to appear in the cell wall, making it impossible for the bacteria to survive. In this way, by destroying bacteria and inhibiting the reproduction of bacterial cells, the antibiotic is effective in eliminating bacterial infections.
The risk of side effects increases if you take this medication while suffering from conditions like liver disorders, kidney problems, heart conditions, allergies, gastrointestinal diseases, phenylketonuria and diarrhoea caused by Clostridium difficile.
Since it might lead to negative reactions for these patients, you should consult with your doctor before starting a prescription of Cefuroxime, if you are a:
- Pregnant women
- Breastfeeding mother
You could have an allergic reaction from taking Cefuroxime. An allergy to this anti-biotic will result in symptoms such as hives, rashes, swelling of the tongue, throat, face, hands or feet, itchiness and difficulty in breathing. If you experience any of these symptoms, you should discontinue the usage of this drug and contact a medical health professional immediately.
After acute overdose, most agents cause only nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea, although neuromuscular hypersensitivity and seizures are possible, especially in patients with renal insufficiency; many beta-lactam antibiotics have the potential to cause neuromuscular hyperirritability or seizures.
Hemodialysis may be helpful to aid in the removal of the drug from the blood but not usually indicated, otherwise most treatment is supportive or symptom directed following GI decontamination.
Take as directed, at regular intervals around-the-clock (with or without food). Chilling oral suspension improves flavor (do not freeze). Complete full course of medication, even if you feel better. Drink 2-3 L fluid/day. If diarrhea occurs, yogurt or buttermilk may help.
Tendinitis Or Tendon RuptureDo not take this medication if you have a past history of tendinitis or tendon rupture after using Cefuroxime.
How long is the duration of effect?The effect of this medication lasts for a duration of 8 hours.
What is the onset of action?The effect of Cefuroxime can be observed within 2 to 3 hours of administration of the dose.
Are there any pregnancy warnings?Pregnant women should not use this medication. Consult your doctor before using this medication. Potential benefits and risks involved should be given due consideration before administration.
Is it habit forming?No, it does not contain habit forming tendencies.
Are there any breast-feeding warnings?Women who are breastfeeding should not use this medication as it can cause side effects for the baby. Consult your doctor before taking this medication. Avoid breastfeeding for about 3 to 4 hours to decrease the infant's risk exposure. Monitoring of undesired effects like diarrhea, diaper rash is necessary.
Is It safe with alcohol?Consumption of alcohol with this medicine does not cause any harmful adverse effects.
Is it safe to drive while on this medicine?As this medicine is only prescribed to the patient who are hospitalized. Thus it is not relevant.
Does this affect kidney function?Only limited information is available regarding its use in patient with kidney disease. Kindly consult your doctor before taking this medication.
Does this affect liver function?Only limited information is available regarding its use in patient with liver disease. Kindly consult your doctor before taking this medication.
Are there any missed dose instructions?Missed dose should be taken as soon as you remember. A dose should be skipped if the time of the second scheduled dose is near.
Are there any overdose instructions?Doctor consultation is recommended if an overdose is suspected. Immediate medical attention may be needed in such situation.
Below is the list of medicines, which contains Cefuroxime as ingredient
Belonging to the second generation cephalosporins, this medication works as a bactericidal by inhibiting the bacterial cell wall synthesis by binding to penicillin-binding proteins which would inhibit the growth and multiplication of bacteria.
Whenever you take more than one medicine, or mix it with certain foods or beverages, you"re at risk of a drug interaction.
Interaction with Alcohol
Interaction with Lab Test
Interaction with Medicine
- This medication is known to interact with Amikacin, Chloramphenicol, Ethinyl Estradiol, Cholera Vaccine and Furosemide.
- Increased effect: High-dose probenecid decreases the clearance
- Increased toxicity: Aminoglycosides increase the nephrotoxic potential
Interaction with Disease
Interaction with Food
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