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Generic Name: cefprozil (sef-PROE-zil)
Brand Name: Generic only. No brands available.
Cefzil is used for:
Treating mild to moderate infections caused by certain bacteria.
Cefzil is a cephalosporin antibiotic. It works by interfering with the formation of the bacteria's cell wall while it is growing. This causes the cell wall to be destroyed and kills the bacteria.
Do NOT use Cefzil if:
- you are allergic to any ingredient in Cefzil or to any other cephalosporin antibiotic (eg, cephalexin).
Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.
Before using Cefzil:
Some medical conditions may interact with Cefzil. Tell your health care provider if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:
- if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
- if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
- if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
- if you have had a severe allergic reaction (eg, severe rash, hives, difficulty breathing, dizziness) to a penicillin antibiotic (eg, amoxicillin) or other beta-lactam antibiotic (eg, imipenem)
- if you have diabetes, liver or kidney problems, or a blood clotting disorder
- if you have or have a history of stomach disease, stomach infection, diarrhea, or colitis
Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Cefzil. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:
- Aminoglycoside antibiotics (eg, gentamicin) because the risk of their side effects on the kidney may be increased by Cefzil
This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Cefzil may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.
How to use Cefzil:
Use Cefzil as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
- Take Cefzil by mouth with or without food. If stomach upset occurs, take with food to reduce stomach irritation.
- Cefzil works best if it is taken at the same time each day.
- To clear up your infection completely, take Cefzil for the full course of treatment. Keep taking it even if you feel better in a few days.
- Do not miss any doses. If you miss a dose of Cefzil, take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.
Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Cefzil.
Important safety information:
- Cefzil may cause dizziness. This effect may be worse if you take it with alcohol or certain medicines. Use Cefzil with caution. Do not drive or perform other possibly unsafe tasks until you know how you react to it.
- Mild diarrhea is common with antibiotic use. However, a more serious form of diarrhea (pseudomembranous colitis) may rarely occur. This may develop while you use the antibiotic or within several months after you stop using it. Contact your doctor right away if stomach pain or cramps, severe diarrhea, or bloody stools occur. Do not treat diarrhea without first checking with your doctor.
- Cefzil only works against bacteria; it does not treat viral infections (eg, the common cold).
- Be sure to use Cefzil for the full course of treatment. If you do not, the medicine may not clear up your infection completely. The bacteria could also become less sensitive to this or other medicines. This could make the infection harder to treat in the future.
- Long-term or repeated use of Cefzil may cause a second infection. Tell your doctor if signs of a second infection occur. Your medicine may need to be changed to treat this.
- Diabetes patients - Cefzil may cause the results of some tests for urine glucose to be wrong. Ask your doctor before you change your diet or the dose of your diabetes medicine.
- Cefzil should not be used in CHILDREN younger than 6 months old; safety and effectiveness in these children have not been confirmed.
- PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using Cefzil while you are pregnant. Cefzil is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use Cefzil, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.
Possible side effects of Cefzil:
All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:
Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:
Dizziness; headache; itching in the genital area; mild diarrhea; nausea; stomach pain; tiredness; vomiting.
Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); bloody stools or diarrhea; severe diarrhea; severe stomach pain or cramps; vaginal irritation or discharge; yellowing of the skin or eyes.
This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. To report side effects to the appropriate agency, please read the Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA.
If OVERDOSE is suspected:
Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center, or emergency room immediately. Symptoms may include muscle spasms; seizures.Proper storage of Cefzil:
Store Cefzil at room temperature between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C). Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Keep Cefzil out of the reach of children and away from pets.
- If you have any questions about Cefzil, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- Cefzil is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
- If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
- Check with your pharmacist about how to dispose of unused medicine.
This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take Cefzil or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about Cefzil. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to Cefzil. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using Cefzil.