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User Reviews for Cefuroxime

Also known as: Ceftin, Zinacef

Cefuroxime has an average rating of 6.4 out of 10 from a total of 141 ratings on Drugs.com. 53% of reviewers reported a positive experience, while 32% reported a negative experience.

Condition Avg. Rating Reviews Compare
Sinusitis  
6.5
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Urinary Tract Infection  
6.8
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Pneumonia  
6.8
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Bacterial Infection  
3.9
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Bronchitis  
6.1
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Upper Respiratory Tract Infection  
7.4
11 reviews 120 medications
Lyme Disease  
8.6
7 reviews 36 medications
Tonsillitis/Pharyngitis  
7.0
5 reviews 83 medications
Bladder Infection  
6.0
5 reviews 82 medications
Otitis Media  
6.0
4 reviews 137 medications
Surgical Prophylaxis  
4.0
2 reviews 52 medications
Strep Throat  
9.5
2 reviews 30 medications
Kidney Infections  
3.0
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Skin and Structure Infection  
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Summary of Cefuroxime reviews 6.4 141 reviews

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Reviews for Cefuroxime

richard4ga · January 11, 2009

Ceftin (cefuroxime) for Sinusitis: “I am on my 5th day of 10 day prescription - taking 500mg in the morning and 500mg before bedtime. The pills are hard to swallow and taste awful so I dip them in honey before taking. It works great. Ceftin is working great. Being a person that has lived with nasty sinus infections most of my life, I never take the same antibotic twice in one year. However, Ceftin is at the top of my list. It cures the infection. Make sure you take a ten day (1000mg daily) course if you have a bad infection. It does make you feel bad - it is hard on your stomach so you must take it with food. Yoghurt or Activa is a must and also make sure you have a bunch of bananas on hand. Good luck.”

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Lymie · Taken for less than 1 month · February 1, 2014

Ceftin (cefuroxime) for Urinary Tract Infection: “Have chronic Lyme disease - causing depressed immune function. Ceftin eliminated my urinary tract infection in one week without any side reactions. Felt better after first dose. Love this medication!”

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Danilo A. Cadog · Taken for less than 1 month · March 6, 2015

For Urinary Tract Infection: “I have suffered pain in my abdomen and back portion. It was diagnosed that I have urinary tract infection. My doctor was advised to take cefuroxime axetil 500mg 2 x a day good for 7 days. The pain was over even after took taking 1 tablet. It's nice no side effects I have felt while I took this medicine until I finished in 7 days.”

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Anonymous · December 11, 2014

Ceftin (cefuroxime) for Sinusitis: “I've had sinusitis for a couple of weeks, woozy, dizzy, pressure. I took a dose pack, which I normally take anyway and it helped some but no appreciable effects. I tried Augmentin and couldn't take anymore after one dose due to side effects. I've taken 3 Ceftin since yesterday and I feel much, much better.”

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Geranium · November 8, 2011

Ceftin (cefuroxime) for Sinusitis: “I had a sinus infection with fever (spiking higher at night); took me a while to figure out because I never had one before. Within a day of taking Ceftin, I no longer had a fever and felt much better. Had no problem taking the pill with water (unlike others); don't taste it at all. After 5 days, I still have thick mucus and less appetite than usual) but otherwise am doing much better than before. I notice no side effects from this medicine.”

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Anonymous · January 2, 2012

Ceftin (cefuroxime) for Pneumonia: “I was prescribed this after 3 days on a Azithromycin was making me worse. My doctor told me the Z-pack wasn't working because my bronchitis had become pneumonia. After 2 days on the Ceftin (250 mg, twice daily), I was really starting to improve. My cough had lessened, chest congestion had loosened nicely and my headache/stuffiness had started to subside. I also used a humidifier. Now, 4 days in and I'm feeling almost human. The cough is almost gone, I can breathe almost normally and am much improved. I have always heard the Z-pack knocks out almost everything, but I'm proof it's not a cure-all. One thing to note is that Ceftin can be rough on your stomach, so be sure to take it with food. Crackers, toast or yogurt should be fine.”

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Bobbie B. · September 5, 2008

For Urinary Tract Infection: “10 days ago, I was diagnosed with urinary tract infection and was prescribed cefuroxime axetil 500 mg 2 x a day. After the first capsule, the severe symptoms of infection were gone. Although I've experienced light headedness and some anxiety after the morning dose, I think, it's worth it compared to the pain and anxiety experienced during the infection.”

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Andrew P. · July 1, 2008

For Urinary Tract Infection: “I'm in the last couple of days of a 10-day prescription for cefuroxime (Ceftin) to treat acute prostatitis and mild bladder infection. The pain and discomfort subsided 3-4 days after beginning treatment. I've been managing the loose stool problem with multiple small portions of yogurt during the day. I'm also experiencing mild irritability and anxiety while taking the drug, a fair trade-off compared to my symptoms before starting treatment.”

9 / 10
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Lori91042 · Taken for less than 1 month · January 24, 2019

Ceftin (cefuroxime) for Sinusitis: “I was given Ceftin by my regular doctor for a sinus infection . 500 mg , 2 times a day . It always clears my infection , usually notice feeling better after day 3 . After awhile , it didn’t work anymore and my sinusitis became chronic . Levaquin was then the only thing that worked . Now Levaquin is dangerous . So I thought maybe , after 7 years of no Ceftin , maybe it would work again . Thankfully , it works again . I have no side effects , take with food . It is really the BEST antibiotic I’ve ever taken . I can’t take augmentin or sulfa , so I’m very glad that there is Ceftin ! It’s a big pill . I smash it into a powder and take it with cinnamon applesauce - thereby no bitter or mettalic taste .”

9 / 10
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Priscilla Dearing · Taken for less than 1 month · December 28, 2014

Ceftin (cefuroxime) for Upper Respiratory Tract Infection: “I'm currently being treated (with Ceftin) for a chest infection. I had been coughing & try as I might, couldn't bring up all the stuck mucous in my chest & throat. After one pill, the phlegm was loosened & there was a dramatic decrease in my coughing. Plus, I've had ZERO side effects! : )”

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Anonymous · November 11, 2009

Ceftin (cefuroxime) for Sinusitis: “I have been dealing with bad breathe for about 1 year and been to my internal medicine doctor and my dentist and they said I was fine. I wasn't ok with this answer so I went to see an ENT doctor. He then prescribed me Ceftin 500 mg tablets to take twice a day with food. This is the miracle drug. I have only been taking it for 3 wks out of the 4wks I was prescribed the drug and can already tell a difference. I go back in 1 week to have a CT scan of my sinuses to see if the bacterial infection has cleared up. I would recommend this to anyone who is suffering with the symptoms it treats.”

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Anonymous · Taken for less than 1 month · August 29, 2017

Ceftin (cefuroxime) for Urinary Tract Infection: “When I read all of the reviews I was kind of terrified to start Ceftin, but I had no reason to be! The only side effect I found for the first day was gas and bloating, but it definitely could've been unrelated. As long as you take this antibiotic with a meal (nothing crazy, doesn't have to be huge) and take probiotics daily, you should be totally fine! I've been on it for 4 days and I feel great with no side effects. Tomorrow is my last day, so I'm hoping my UTI will be cleared out! My only complaint is that because I took the liquid, it definitely was not pleasant to swallow and I found the easiest way to make it tolerable was to mix it with a sweeter flavored drink, as the antibiotic is a bit gritty and bitter.”

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Anonymous · Taken for 1 to 2 years · November 2, 2012

Ceftin (cefuroxime) for Bladder Infection: “I have painful bladder syndrome and was having many infections. I have been using Ceftin 250 mg once a day for a year and have had NO infections since the use of this medicine has been added to my routine.”

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Anonymous · Taken for less than 1 month · October 15, 2016

For Sinusitis: “Have suffered from allergies and 2 to 4 sinus infections yearly for most of my life. Have tried many antibiotics, but Ceftin works the best with the least side effects. I agree with other comments. After only 2 doses of a 10 day course I already felt 50% better. I am an RN and I have seen Zpak and Augmentin fail people during sinusitis treatment. This drug is my go-to now. It truly cures the infection. I only get maybe one acute sinusitis per year now, thanks to this drug.”

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Greatful · February 17, 2014

For Sinusitis: “I had been suffering for months with sinus pain. Cefuroxime Axetil was my second round of antibiotics. It was a new medicine for me, and it worked perfect. I began to feel better on day two. No side effects, no stomach pain, no bad taste, and easy to take. I am on day 9 of my 10 days and I feel great.”

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JediMaster · April 29, 2020

For Urinary Tract Infection: “Had a UTI 2 wks ago. Was Rx'd Nitrofurantoin 2x daily. Then on the 25th, started having symptoms of UTI again. Went back to urgent care yesterday. Doc did another UA, and the results even specified which antibiotic would work the best, which was this med. Took first dose last night with zofran because antibiotics make me sick and went to bed. Took two doses today and feel TONS better! So far I've had no side effects but I take a probiotic so I think it's helped. A note to those who suffer from joint pain and swelling on ANY antibiotic; there's the risk of tendon rupture so if you experience pain and swelling of any extremity, see your doctor ASAP to rule it out. Hoping y'all are doing ok during the COVID19 pandemic. Please stay safe!!”

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dynachick · June 21, 2009

Ceftin (cefuroxime) for Sinusitis: “After being hospitalized for 6 weeks and on other mag-antibiotics, I am so pleased to report that after 3-4 days on the Ceftin, I finally could stop going through a 200 count box of tissues EVERY day and could actually breathe through my nose most of the time. My ENT Doctor prescribed Ceftin for 17 days. I've been on it now for 7 days. I have a severely depressed immune system due to MDS. We want to avoid surgery at all costs. I am hoping and praying the relief continues. I am also on Astepro nasal spray. Hoping for no or minimal side effects, which is always a concern. So far, so good. Will try and further evaluate at end of regimen. I hope this helps someone else.”

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Lai · Taken for less than 1 month · July 24, 2018

For Urinary Tract Infection: “I was diagnosed having UTI and my doctor requires me to take cefuroxime 500mg 3x/day. I’m on my 3rd day of medication but the first time I took the medicine I vomited. However, it reduces the pain on my back and it is not painful to urinate anymore.”

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lys · Taken for less than 1 month · November 7, 2018

For Otitis Media: “Cefuroxime has been a very good antibiotic for me. It has cleared up multiple infections (ear and sinus). I have not had any side effects with it, unless I drank alcohol (feeling better after being on med for a week) in which case this would give me an upset stomach. Some antibiotics have given me an upset stomach within a day even though I take with food and take probiotics. I always feel better within a few days with this drug and have no issues. I just hope this review helps someone out there who has had issues with sinus or ear infections because I know how much it sucks and how scary it can be to be unable to find an antibiotic that works well!”

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Kamlesh · Taken for less than 1 month · September 28, 2019

For Urinary Tract Infection: “I was diagnosed for UTI on 21/9/2019 and the doctor prescribed me two tabs cefuroxime a day. The medication is for 5 days. The antibiotic works as expected and has some side effects. I had a severe headache for two days and to get through it, I took a cup of cold milk with honey. On the note, I didn't have any pain during urination.”

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AlimaS · June 18, 2015

For Urinary Tract Infection: “Had a normal UTI was prescribed Bactrim. After 4 days I started to get a 102 fever with backache. Went to ER and was prescribed Ceftin. Feel much better although my tummy is making all kinda noises and very loose stools.”

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Dallas C · October 16, 2017

Ceftin (cefuroxime) for Sinusitis: “I had a headache for 2 weeks straight and couldn't figure out why so I finally broke down and went to the doctors yesterday! She prescribed me Ceftin and said I had a sinus infection. I took both pills yesterday and woke up today with no headache at all and feeling amazing. This pill really works so far!”

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Anonymous · November 11, 2011

For Sinusitis: “I am a chronic sinusitis sufferer and normally I let it play out and my body will usually fight it off but every now and then I have to get antibiotics, usually once a year and twice on rare occasions. It usually takes anywhere from 5-7 Days before I get any relief well this time I went in because my tongue seemed cut and burning and throat was a little sore but I wasn't suffering from the normal sinus pressure and headaches but was told infection had spread to my ears and throat and was put on cefuroxime 500mg twice daily and though my tongue is still sore it seems to be healing ok and my throat and ears are no longer sore ears are plugged a bit though. I breathe better through my nose. I have not experienced the taste as my pills are coated.”

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Johnny Doe Jr · Taken for less than 1 month · July 12, 2019

For Lyme Disease: “Got biten by a tick and doctor decided to put me on antibiotics to prevent lyme disease - even though there were no clear signs of lyme disease. Doctor prescribed this drug cefuroxime after only three pills of Doxycycline. Compared to the Doxycycline, this drug barely shows any side effects at all! First thing I noticed was a weird taste in my mouth a couple of minutes after swallowing my first pill (probably because it's bitter). Also been having a bit of lightheadedness and a bit less appetite. Oral thrush barely noticeable. But compared to the Doxycycline I absolutely recommend this antibiotic. Doesn't burn your stomach/esophagus, doesn't cause sun sensitivity, doesn't ruin your sense of taste and smell etc like the doxycycline did. I was able to take 500mg of this drug twice a day for three weeks. I gave up on Doxycycline just after the third pill since the side effects were DEVASTATING. Cefuroxime is a great antibiotic!”

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The Big Irish Guy · Taken for less than 1 month · October 22, 2014

For Upper Respiratory Tract Infection: “Prescribed to me for 14 days for a sinus, throat and lung infection that I was battling for 4 weeks without any relief through natural home remedies. Started to unclog the sinus within 72 hours, and began to be able to clear nose and chest through productive cough and sniffing inward to expel the phlegm. Drink plenty of water and eat/drink plenty of probiotic yogurt to avoid the associated diarrhea and stomach issues that can start. Works great. Found it better than Levaquin and without the severe tendon pain/ripping that was caused in my calves when sleeping. ”

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