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    What is Cefuroxime used for?

    Cefuroxime is used to treat a wide variety of bacterial infections, which include tonsillitis, laryngitis, bronchitis, pneumonia, and middle ear infections. This medicine is a cephalosporin antibiotic that works by fighting bacteria in your body. This medicine may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.

    What is the recommended dosage of Cefuroxime?

    The dosage of Cefuroxime prescribed to each patient will vary. Always follow your physician’s instructions and/or the directions on the prescription drug label. The following dosage information includes the common dose of Cefuroxime. If your dose is different, do not follow the dosage described below unless your physician has approved.

    Cefuroxime may be taken with or without food.

    What if you miss a dose of Cefuroxime?

    If your physician has instructed or directed you to take Cefuroxime medication in a regular schedule and you have missed a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double the doses unless otherwise directed.

    What if you overdose on Cefuroxime?

    Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose of Cefuroxime, seek medical attention immediately. Some of the overdose symptoms of this drug are rash, nasal congestion, eye irritation, and convulsions.

    What are the side effects of Cefuroxime?

    Like other medicines, Cefuroxime can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Cefuroxime are most likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and may require the individual to inform the doctor or visit the nearest hospital immediately.

    It is pertinent to note that side effects of Cefuroxime cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Cefuroxime develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.

    Cefuroxime can cause side effects such as diarrhea, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, headache, dizziness, vaginal itching, and muscle aches. Some of the serious side effects of this drug are shortness of breath, difficult urination, convulsions, severe blisters, seizures, dark urine, and yellowing of the eyes or skin. This is not a complete list of all side effects. Do concur with your doctor and follow his directions completely when you are taking Cefuroxime.

    It may be noted that drugs other than those listed above may also interact with Cefuroxime.

    Usually drug interactions occur when it is taken with another drug or with food. Before you take a medication for a particular ailment, you should inform the health expert about intake of any other medications including non-prescription medications, over-the-counter medicines that may increase the effect of Cefuroxime, and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbal, so that the doctor can warn you of any possible drug interactions.

    Cefuroxime can interact with other antibiotics, antacids, blood thinners, diuretics, gout medicines, birth control pills, and live vaccines.

    Do let your doctor know if you smoke, consume alcohol or caffeinated drinks, or use illegal drugs as these may interfere with the action of your medication. Make sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions you may have, or any family history of medical problems. Do not start or stop using any medicine without consulting your doctor.

    What are the questions to ask your doctor before taking Cefuroxime?

    Is it possible for me to take Cefuroxime with other drugs?
    Should certain beverages, foods and other products be avoided when I take Cefuroxime?
    What are the possible drug interactions of Cefuroxime?
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    The health and medical information provided here is intended to supplement and not substitute for the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professional. Before using Cefuroxime, inform your doctor if you have diabetes, colitis, kidney disease, or liver disease. Also, inform your doctor if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.


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