Generic Name: Cefuroxime Oral Suspension (SEF ue ROX eem)
Brand Name: Ceftin
Medically reviewed on Sep 5, 2018
Uses of Ceftin:
- It is used to treat or prevent bacterial infections.
What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take Ceftin?
- If you have an allergy to cefuroxime or any other part of Ceftin (cefuroxime oral suspension).
- If you are allergic to any drugs like this one, any other drugs, foods, or other substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had, like rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
- If you are taking probenecid.
- If you are taking any of these drugs: Cimetidine, dexlansoprazole, esomeprazole, famotidine, lansoprazole, nizatidine, omeprazole, pantoprazole, rabeprazole, or ranitidine.
This is not a list of all drugs or health problems that interact with Ceftin (cefuroxime oral suspension).
Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all of your drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for you to take Ceftin (cefuroxime oral suspension) with all of your drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug without checking with your doctor.
What are some things I need to know or do while I take Ceftin?
- Tell all of your health care providers that you take Ceftin (cefuroxime oral suspension). This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
- Very bad and sometimes deadly allergic side effects have rarely happened with drugs like this one. Talk with the doctor.
- Have your blood work checked if you are on Ceftin (cefuroxime oral suspension) for a long time. Talk with your doctor.
- If you have high blood sugar (diabetes), do not use Clinitest®. Use some other urine glucose testing like Clinistix® or Tes-Tape®.
- This medicine may affect certain lab tests. Tell all of your health care providers and lab workers that you take Ceftin (cefuroxime oral suspension).
- Do not use longer than you have been told. A second infection may happen.
- Do not switch between different forms of Ceftin (cefuroxime oral suspension) without first talking with the doctor.
- If you are taking warfarin, talk with your doctor. You may need to have your blood work checked more closely while you are taking it with Ceftin (cefuroxime oral suspension).
- If you have phenylketonuria (PKU), talk with your doctor. Some products have phenylalanine.
- Birth control pills and other hormone-based birth control may not work as well to prevent pregnancy. Use some other kind of birth control also like a condom when taking Ceftin (cefuroxime oral suspension).
- If you are 65 or older, use Ceftin (cefuroxime oral suspension) with care. You could have more side effects.
- Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks of using Ceftin (cefuroxime oral suspension) while you are pregnant.
- Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding. You will need to talk about any risks to your baby.
How is this medicine (Ceftin) best taken?
Use Ceftin (cefuroxime oral suspension) as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.
- Take Ceftin (cefuroxime oral suspension) with food.
- Shake well before use.
- Measure liquid doses carefully. Use the measuring device that comes with Ceftin (cefuroxime oral suspension). If there is none, ask the pharmacist for a device to measure Ceftin (cefuroxime oral suspension).
- To gain the most benefit, do not miss doses.
- Keep taking Ceftin (cefuroxime oral suspension) as you have been told by your doctor or other health care provider, even if you feel well.
- Do not take antacids at the same time as Ceftin (cefuroxime oral suspension). Ask your doctor if you have a question about how to take antacids with Ceftin (cefuroxime oral suspension).
What do I do if I miss a dose?
- Take a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
- If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time.
- Do not take 2 doses at the same time or extra doses.
What are some side effects that I need to call my doctor about right away?
WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:
- Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing, swallowing, or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
- Any unexplained bruising or bleeding.
- Not able to pass urine or change in how much urine is passed.
- Feeling very tired or weak.
- Vaginal itching or discharge.
- Hearing loss.
- It is common to have diarrhea when taking Ceftin (cefuroxime oral suspension). Rarely, a very bad form of diarrhea called Clostridium difficile (C diff)–associated diarrhea (CDAD) may occur. Sometimes, this has led to a deadly bowel problem (colitis). CDAD may happen while you are taking Ceftin (cefuroxime oral suspension) or within a few months after you stop taking it. Call your doctor right away if you have stomach pain or cramps, very loose or watery stools, or bloody stools. Do not try to treat loose stools without first checking with your doctor.
What are some other side effects of Ceftin?
All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother you or do not go away:
- Upset stomach or throwing up.
- Loose stools (diarrhea).
- Bad taste in your mouth.
These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your doctor. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.
You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.
If OVERDOSE is suspected:
If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.
How do I store and/or throw out Ceftin?
- Store liquid (suspension) in a refrigerator. Do not freeze. Throw away any part not used after 10 days.
- Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
- Throw away unused or expired drugs. Do not flush down a toilet or pour down a drain unless you are told to do so. Check with your pharmacist if you have questions about the best way to throw out drugs. There may be drug take-back programs in your area.
Consumer information use
- If your symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your doctor.
- Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
- Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
- Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including prescription or OTC, natural products, or vitamins.
- Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. Check with your pharmacist. If you have any questions about Ceftin (cefuroxime oral suspension), please talk with your doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.
Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.
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- Drug class: second generation cephalosporins
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