In this drug factsheet:DIN (Drug Identification Number)
|02212307 ||CEFTIN 125MG/5ML POWDER FOR SOLUTION|
|02212277 ||CEFTIN 250MG TABLET|
|02212285 ||CEFTIN 500MG TABLET|
How does this medication work? What will it do for me?
Cefuroxime is an antibiotic that belongs to the family of medications known as cephalosporins. It is used to treat infections caused by bacteria. It is most often used to treat infections of the ear, throat, sinus, lung, and skin. It is also used to treat gonorrhea, a sexually transmitted infection.
Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. As well, some forms of this medication may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are taking this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor.
Do not give this medication to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to take this medication if their doctor has not prescribed it.
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How should I use this medication?
Adults and children 12 years of age and older: The recommended dose of cefuroxime ranges from 250 mg twice daily to 500 mg twice daily for 7 to 10 days. Taking cefuroxime with food helps the medication to be better absorbed into the bloodstream. Swallow the medication whole with a glass of water; do not chew, divide, or crush the tablets.
Children less than 12 years of age: The recommended children's dose of cefuroxime ranges from 10 mg to 15 mg per kg of body weight twice daily for 7 to 10 days. The medication should be taken with food. The exact dose depends on the condition being treated. Children less than 12 years of age should take the oral suspension (not the tablets). Use an oral syringe to measure each dose of the liquid, as it gives a more accurate measurement than household teaspoons.
To treat gonorrhea, the usual recommended dose is 1000 mg as a single dose.
Many things can affect the dose of medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are taking the medication without consulting your doctor.
It is important to take this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Finish all of this medication, even if you start to feel better. If you miss a dose, take it as soon as possible and continue with your regular schedule. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
Store the tablets at room temperature, protect them from light and moisture, and keep out of the reach of children.
Store the oral suspension in the refrigerator, and keep it out of the reach of children.
This medication is available under multiple brand names and/or in several different forms. Any specific brand name of this medication may not be available in all of the forms listed here. The forms available for the specific brand you have searched are listed under "What form(s) does this medication come in?"
Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.
What form(s) does this medication come in?
Dry, white to pale yellow, tutti-frutti-flavoured granules. After reconstitution, each 5 mL contains cefuroxime 125 mg (as cefuroxime axetil). Nonmedicinal ingredients: acesulfame potassium, aspartame, polyvinyl pyrrolidone, stearic acid, sucrose (about 3 g/5 mL), tutti-frutti flavouring, and xanthan gum.
Each white to off-white, film-coated, capsule-shaped, biconvex tablet, engraved with "GXES7" on one side, contains cefuroxime 250 mg (as cefuroxime axetil). Nonmedicinal ingredients: colloidal silicon dioxide, croscarmellose sodium, hydrogenated vegetable oil, hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, methylparaben, microcrystalline cellulose, propylene glycol, propylparaben, sodium benzoate, sodium lauryl sulfate, and titanium dioxide.
Each white to off-white, film-coated, capsule-shaped, biconvex tablet, engraved with "GXEG2" on one side, contains cefuroxime 500 mg (as cefuroxime axetil). Nonmedicinal ingredients: colloidal silicon dioxide, croscarmellose sodium, hydrogenated vegetable oil, hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, methylparaben, microcrystalline cellulose, propylene glycol, propylparaben, sodium benzoate, sodium lauryl sulfate, and titanium dioxide.
Who should NOT take this medication?
Do not take this medication if you:
- are allergic to cefuroxime or any ingredients of this medication
- are allergic to any of the cephalosporin antibiotics