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    Cefuroxime

    Information about Cefuroxime

    Cefuroxime uses

    Cefuroxime is used in the treatment of bacterial infections
    It is used in serious bacterial infections of various body parts like urinary tract, skin and soft-tissue, blood, brain and lungs (pneumonia). It is also used to prevent infections after surgery.

    How cefuroxime works

    Cefuroxime is a cephalosporin antibiotic. It prevents bacteria from making their own protective cell wall. This causes the bacteria to rupture and finally death.

    Common side effects of cefuroxime

    Nausea, Diarrhoea, Allergic reaction

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    Expert advice for Cefuroxime

    • Always take the complete course of treatment, as advised by your doctor even if you feel better.
    • Never take an antibiotic for a viral infection like a cold or the flu.
    • Can lead to nausea and diarrhoea frequently. If this becomes severe or persistent or you notice that your stool contains blood or mucus you should stop taking Cefuroxime immediately and consult your doctor.
    • Inform your doctor if you develop a rash or other unexpected symptoms.
    • Inform your doctor if there is the previous history of drug allergy.
    • Inform your doctor if you have ever been diagnosed with kidney or liver problems.

    Frequently asked questions for Cefuroxime

    Cefuroxime

    Q. Is Cefuroxime an antibiotic?
    Yes, Cefuroxime is an antibiotic. It is a second-generation cephalosporin antibiotic used to treat various infections.
    Q. Is Cefuroxime a form of penicillin drug?
    Cefuroxime belongs to the cephalosporin antibiotics and is not a penicillin drug. However, its chemical structure and action is similar to penicillin.
    Q. Is Cefuroxime safe?
    Cefuroxime is safe if used at prescribed doses for the prescribed duration as advised by your doctor
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    Q. Is Cefuroxime a steroid?
    Cefuroxime is not a steroid molecule. It is an antibiotic which belongs to the group of cephalosporins.
    Q. Is Cefuroxime safe in G6PD deficiency?
    Cefuroxime is not known to cause hemolysis in glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD) deficient individuals. However, ask your doctor before taking Cefuroxime if you are G6PD deficient.
    Q. Is Cefuroxime a fluoroquinolone?
    Cefuroxime is not a fluoroquinolone. It is a second-generation cephalosporin antibiotic which is different from fluoroquinolones.
    Q. Is Cefuroxime useful in the treatment of urinary tract infection (UTI)?
    Cefuroxime is indicated for the treatment of uncomplicated urinary tract infection (UTI). Its effectiveness would depend on the infecting organism and hence you should consult your doctor for the right diagnosis and treatment.
    Q. Can Cefuroxime be taken with azithromycin?
    Cefuroxime is not known to have any clinically meaningful interaction with azithromycin. However, both are antibiotics and should be used only when advised by the doctor.
    Q. Can Cefuroxime be taken with doxycycline?
    Cefuroxime is not known to have any clinically meaningful interaction with doxycyclin. However, both are antibiotics and should be used only when advised by the doctor.
    Q. Is it safe to take Cefuroxime with pseudoephedrine?
    Cefuroxime is not known to have any clinically meaningful interaction with pseudoephedrine. However, interactions can occur. Ask your doctor before taking the drugs together.
    Q. Can Cefuroxime be taken with naproxen?
    Cefuroxime is not known to have any clinically meaningful interaction with naproxen. However, interactions can occur. Ask your doctor before taking the drugs together.
    Q. Is it safe to take Cefuroxime with paracetamol (acetaminophen)?
    Cefuroxime is not known to have any clinically meaningful interaction with paracetamol. However, interactions can occur. Ask your doctor before taking the drugs together.
    Q. Does Cefuroxime have sulfa in it?
    Cefuroxime has a sulfur molecule in its structure. However, it is a beta-lactam antibiotic and allergic reactions due to the drug are because of the beta-lactam ring present in its structure. Report to your doctor if you are allergic to penicillins, cephalosporins, or sulfa drugs before taking the drug.
    Q. Does Cefuroxime expire?
    Cefuroxime like any other drug has an expiry data and should not be used after that. Please check the package insert before using the medicine.
    Q. Can Cefuroxime help to treat pneumonia?
    Cefuroxime is indicated in the treatment of pneumonia. However, its effectiveness would depend on the infecting organism and hence you should consult your doctor for the right diagnosis and treatment.
    Q. Does Cefuroxime have penicillin in it?
    No, Cefuroxime does not have penicillin in it. It is a cephalosporin antibiotic which is similar to penicillin.
    Q. Can the use of Cefuroxime cause constipation?
    Cefuroxime is not known to cause constipation. It is associated with diarrhea. However, if you experience any such symptom while taking Cefuroxime, consult your doctor.
    Q. Does Cefuroxime cover staphylococci?
    Yes, Cefuroxime is active against staphylococcus. However, strains resistant to the drug have also been reported. Talk to your doctor for the right diagnosis and treatment of your infection.
    Q. Can the use of Cefuroxime make you feel tired?
    Cefuroxime use is not associated with tiredness. However, if you experience tiredness while taking Cefuroxime, consult your doctor.
    Q. Can I take alprazolam with Cefuroxime?
    No drug interactions have been reported when Cefuroxime is used with alprazolam. However, interactions can occur. Please consult your doctor before taking the two medicines together.
    Q. Can I take Cefuroxime with ibuprofen?
    No drug interactions have been reported when Cefuroxime is used with ibuprofen. However, interactions can occur. Please consult your doctor before taking the two medicines together.

    Content on this page was last updated on 12 September, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)