A 44-year-old member asked:
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Is cefuroxime axetil like penicillin?

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Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience in Pediatrics
Both R antibiotics: These are two antibiotics.The Cefuroxime is a cousin of penicillin. The germs they would likely kill, dose, frequency and side effects would differ.
Answered on Jan 28, 2019

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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Ramirez
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Maybe: You have about a 2-5% chance to also be allergic to cefuroxime. You may want to talk to your allergist about testing to penicillin first to confirm t ... Read More
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Dr. Kenneth Cheng
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Possibly: Approximately 16% of individuals with true penicillin allergies will have a cross reactivity with cephalosporin antibiotics, like Cefuroxime axetil. ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joram Seggev
Specializes in Allergy and Immunology
Probably yes, but: Cefuroxime has very little similarity with penicillin. Still, some patients who are highly sensitive to penicillin don't tolerate it. If you had a lif ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bernstein Joel
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Yes: I have been using Ceftin (cefuroxime axetil) in penicillin allergic patients for years without any problem. You can safely take ceftin. Other anti ... Read More

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