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In some countries, this medicine may only be approved for veterinary use.

In the US, Cefuroxime (cefuroxime systemic) is a member of the drug class second generation cephalosporins and is used to treat Bacterial Infection, Bladder Infection, Bone infection, Bronchitis, Epiglottitis, Gonococcal Infection - Disseminated, Gonococcal Infection - Uncomplicated, Impetigo, Joint Infection, Kidney Infections, Lyme Disease, Meningitis, Otitis Media, Peritonitis, Pneumonia, Sepsis, Sinusitis, Skin and Structure Infection, Skin or Soft Tissue Infection, Strep Throat, Surgical Prophylaxis, Tonsillitis/Pharyngitis, Upper Respiratory Tract Infection, Urinary Tract Infection and Wound Infection.

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ATC (Anatomical Therapeutic Chemical Classification)


CAS registry number (Chemical Abstracts Service)


Chemical Formula


Molecular Weight


Therapeutic Category

Antibacterial: Cephalosporin

Chemical Name

(6R,7R)-7-[2-(2-Furyl)glyoxylamido]-3-(hydroxymetyl)-8-oxo-5-tia-1-azabicyclo[4.2.0]oct-2-ene-2-carboxylic acid (Z)-mono-(O-metyloxime)-carbamate (ester)

Foreign Names

Generic Names

  • Cefuroxima (OS: DCIT)
  • Cefuroxime (OS: BAN, USAN)
  • Céfuroxime (OS: DCF)
  • Cefuroxime Axetil (OS: USAN, JAN, BANM)
  • CCI 15641 (IS)
  • Cefuroxime 1-acetoxyethyl (IS)
  • Cefuroximaxetil (PH: Ph. Eur. 8)
  • Cefuroxime Axetil (PH: BP 2016, JP XVI, USP 38)
  • Cefuroxime axetil (PH: Ph. Eur. 8)
  • Céfuroxime axétil (PH: Ph. Eur. 8)
  • Cefuroximum axetili (PH: Ph. Eur. 8)
  • Cefuroxime Sodium (OS: BANM, JAN)
  • Céfuroxime sodique (PH: Ph. Eur. 8)
  • Cefuroxime Sodium (PH: BP 2016, JP XV, USP 38)
  • Cefuroxime sodium (PH: Ph. Eur. 8)
  • Cefuroxim-Natrium (PH: Ph. Eur. 8)
  • Cefuroximum natricum (PH: Ph. Eur. 8)

Brand Names


BANBritish Approved Name
BANMBritish Approved Name (Modified)
DCFDénomination Commune Française
DCITDenominazione Comune Italiana
ISInofficial Synonym
JANJapanese Accepted Name
OSOfficial Synonym
PHPharmacopoeia Name
Rec.INNRecommended International Nonproprietary Name (World Health Organization)
USANUnited States Adopted Name

Further information on drug naming conventions: International Nonproprietary Names.

Important Notice: The international database is in BETA release. This means it is still under development and may contain inaccuracies. It is not intended as a substitute for the expertise and judgement of your physician, pharmacist or other healthcare professional. It should not be construed to indicate that the use of any medication in any country is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Consult with your healthcare professional before taking any medication.

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