Ceftin

Generic name: Cefuroxime axetil.

Ceftin is a cephalosporin antibiotic. It interferes with the production of certain biochemicals necessary for bacteria to sustain life. 

Quick Facts About Ceftin

Purpose

Used to treat mild to moderate bacterial infections of the throat, lungs, ears, skin, and urinary tract, and to treat several types of gonorrhea. Also used to treat early Lyme disease and acute bacterial maxillary sinusitis.

Ceftin Dosage

Take exactly as prescribed; finish taking all medication. May be taken with or without food; works faster when taken after meals. Treatment for children is in tablet form only. Since tablets have a strong, bitter taste, they may be crushed and mixed with food.

  • Usual adult dose (and children 12 years and older): 250 milligrams taken 2 times per day. For more severe infections — up to 500 milligrams taken 2 times per day. For urinary tract infections — 125 milligrams taken 2 times per day, up to 250 milligrams taken 2 times per day for a severe infection. For gonorrhea— a single dose of 1 gram.
  • Usual child dose: children up to 12 years — 125 milligrams taken 2 times per day. For middle ear infections: children under 2 years — 125 milligrams taken 2 times per day; children over 2 years — 250 milligrams 2 times per day.
  • Missed dose: for 1 dose per day — take as soon as  possible, unless almost time for next dose. In that case, take missed dose, and the next dose 10 to 12 hours later, then go back to regular schedule. For 2 doses per day — take as soon as possible, unless almost time for next dose. In that case, take missed dose, and the next dose 5 to 6 hours later, then go back to regular schedule. Do not double doses.

Ceftin Side Effects

Overdose symptoms:

overdose can cause brain irritation leading to convulsions. If you suspect an overdose, immediately seek medical attention.

More common side effects: colitis; diarrhea; nausea; skin rashes, redness, or itching; vomiting.

Less common or rare Ceftin side effects: dizziness, headache, seizures, vaginal inflammation, yeast infection.

Interactions

Inform your doctor before combining Ceftin with:

Probenecid, a gout medication; and antidiarrheal medications such as Lomotil, which may cause diarrhea side effect to worsen.


No known food/other substance interactions.

Special Cautions

If pregnant or planning to become pregnant, inform your doctor immediately. Appears in breast milk; could affect a nursing baby.

No special precautions apply to seniors.

Follow doctor’s instructions carefully for children.

  • If allergic to cephalosporins or penicillins, tell your doctor before taking Ceftin; could result in an extremely severe reaction.
  • May cause false positive reading with urine sugar tests for diabetics.
  • If you develop diarrhea, contact your doctor immediately; colitis has been associated with using Ceftin.

Note:

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