Information about Cefuroxime

Cefuroxime Uses

Cefuroxime is used in the treatment of bacterial infections. It is used for the treatment of bacterial infections of urinary tract, skin and soft tissue, blood, and lungs (pneumonia). It is also used to prevent infections after surgery.

How Cefuroxime works

Cefuroxime is an antibiotic. It kills bacteria by preventing them from forming the bacterial protective covering (cell wall) which is needed for them to survive.

Common side effects of Cefuroxime

Vomiting, Nausea, Injection site reaction, Diarrhea
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Expert advice for Cefuroxime

  • Your doctor has prescribed Cefuroxime to cure your infection and improve your symptoms.
  • Do not skip any doses and finish the full course of treatment even if you feel better. Stopping it early may make the infection come back and harder to treat.
  • Take it with food to avoid an upset stomach.
  • Diarrhea may occur as a side effect but should stop when your course is complete. Inform your doctor if it does not  stop or if you find blood in your stools.
  • Discontinue Cefuroxime and inform your doctor immediately if you get a rash, itchy skin, swelling of face and mouth, or have difficulty in breathing.

Frequently asked questions for Cefuroxime


Q. How long does Cefuroxime take to work?

The amount of time Cefuroxime takes to work depends on the type of infection and response of the patient to the medicine. The antibiotic may start working after you take it, but for maximum effect, it may require some time. Usually, the symptoms of bacterial infections start to decrease in 48 to 72 hours after starting the medication.

Q. How long should you take Cefuroxime?

The duration of therapy with Cefuroxime depends upon the type of infection. It is usually given for 7 days. It ranges from 5 to 10 days and depends on the response of the infection in the patient. Before starting the medication consult a doctor who will prescribe the exact duration of therapy and follow the instructions as given.

Q. Can Cefuroxime be taken on an empty stomach?

No, Cefuroxime should not be taken on an empty stomach like other antibiotics of its class. It should be taken twice daily after a meal. Taking Cefuroxime with food increases the absorption rate of the drug. This further enhances the effectiveness of the medicine to treat the infection.

Q. Can Cefuroxime treat UTI?

Yes, Cefuroxime can be used to treat urinary tract infection (UTI). But, it is prescribed only in cases of uncomplicated UTIs for 7 to 10 days. The medication is to be prescribed by the doctor only, self-medication is not advised. The severity of the UTI decides the kind of therapy needed to treat it.


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