Cefuroxim, a second-generation cephalosporin antibiotic, is used for the treatment of bacterial infections. It appeared on the US market in 1977 and other countries followed quickly. Cefuroxim is available under several brand names including Ceftin, Zinnat, and Shincef.
Cefuroxim kills bacteria and stops it from further damaging on your health. It is used against infections in the respiratory tract, ear, throat, sinus, urinary system and skin. Patients with gonorrhoea, Lyme illness, and bronchitis will also benefit from this medicament. Cefuroxim is an effective treatment and an effective prevention therapy. Healthcare professionals sometimes use Cefuroxim prior to an operation to prevent infections.
Cefuroxim is not for patients allergic to its active ingredients or for patients with kidney illness. Inherited blood disorders and other prescription and non-prescription medicines taken in conjunction with Cefuroxim may cause negative interactions. It is best to take precautions when using this medicament.
Pregnant women must be careful when using this medicine. It may cause fetal harm so ask your healthcare professional before taking any medicaments. Lactating mothers should take precautions with medicaments also. Many medicines pass on to the child through the breast milk so it is important to know whether it will cause harm to the infant or not. Breastfeeding mothers must be careful with all medicaments.
Cefuroxim is taken orally and is available in a liquid suspension or pills. It is taken at regular intervals for the specified period of time. The liquid suspension is taken with food while the pill can be taken with or without food. Either way, taking Cefuroxim with food is recommended to reduce potential side effects and give you a better chance to see results right away.
Maintaining a regular dosing schedule is important for the effectiveness of this medicament. Certain levels of the medicine need to be maintained in your body for a specific period to be effective in killing the bacteria. Do not stop taking Cefuroxim before the prescribed period is over even if your condition improves. The bacteria may still be alive in your body even if you no longer notice the infection. Do not continue taking Cefuroxim beyond the prescribed duration. If your symptoms continue after the prescribed period, talk with your healthcare professional before deciding on your next step.
Symptoms that need to be reported to your healthcare professional immediately include stomach pains, emesis, and diarrhoea, which may occur during treatment but should be mild or moderate only. If you experience a severe episode of any of these symptoms, call your healthcare professional immediately, especially if they come with breathing difficulty, vaginal infections or hives.
Cefuroxim has the following structural formula:
• Molecular formula of cefuroxim is C16H16N4O8S
• Chemical IUPAC Name is 4-(carbamoyloxymethyl)-8-[2-(2-furyl)-2-methoxyimino-acetyl]amino- 7-oxo-2-thia-6-azabicyclo[4.2.0]oct-4-ene-5-carboxylic acid
• Molecular weight is 424.386 g/mol
• Cefuroxim available : 250mg tablets, 500mg tablets
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