Cefuroxime review

Cefuroxime is a second-generation cephalosporin antibiotic that has been widely used in the United States and the world over for treatment of several bacterial infections. It started invading the US market in 1977. Soon enough, other countries followed as well. Cefuroxime is marketed under several brand names including Ceftin, Zinnat, Shincef, and Biofuroksym among others.

Cefuroxime is effective in killing the bacteria and stopping them from wreaking further havoc to your health. It is often used to treat infections in the respiratory tract, ear, throat, sinus, urinary system and skin. It is also often prescribed to patients with gonorrhea, Lyme disease, and bronchitis among others. Cefuroxime is not only an effective treatment therapy but also an effective prevention therapy. Doctors sometimes use Cefuroxime before an operation to prevent infections from occurring.

Cefuroxime should not be used by patients who are allergic to any of its active ingredients. It is also not advisable for people who have kidney disease. Inherited blood disorders as well as other prescription and non-prescription medicines taken with Cefuroxime may cause adverse reactions from your body. It is best that you take the necessary precautions before using this drug.

Pregnant women must be very careful in using medicines. Some drugs may cause fetal harm so it is advisable that you ask your doctor first before taking any. Lactating moms should also take cautions in their drug intake. Medicines usually pass onto the child through the breast milk so it is important to know whether it will cause damaging effects to him or not. This kind of care must be observed at all times, not just in administering Cefuroxime.

Cefuroxime is administered orally by mouth. It comes in liquid suspension and tablet forms that must be taken at regular intervals for a specific period of time. The liquid suspension must always be taken with food while the tablet can be taken with or without food. In most cases, however, taking Cefuroxime with food is advisable. Aside from being less vulnerable to side effects, you will also have better chances to get results right away. Cefuroxime taken with food is better absorbed by the body.

Observing regular dosing schedule is important to the effectiveness of the treatment. Certain levels of the medicine should be maintained in your body for a specific period to be efficient in eliminating the bacteria completely. Do not stop taking Cefuroxime even if your conditions have improved. The bacteria may still be alive even if you no longer feel the discomfort of infection. Also, you must not continue taking Cefuroxime beyond the prescribed duration. If your symptoms continue to appear after you have fulfilled the prescription, seek advice from your doctor before deciding on your next step.

Other causes for alarm that should bring you to the doctor’s office immediately concern Cefuroxime’s side effects. Normally, stomach pains, vomiting, and diarrhea may occur during treatment but such should come as mild or moderate only. If you experience severe episode of any of those side effects, call your doctor immediately, especially if they come with breathing difficulty, vaginal infections, and hives among others.

Cefuroxime has the following structural formula:

Chemical structure of cefuroxime

• Molecular formula of cefuroxime 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
Cefuroxime available : 250mg tablets, 500mg tablets

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