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What is ceftin (cefuroxime) for?

What is ceftin (cefuroxime) for?

Broad spectrum: This oral cephalosporin antibiotic is used to treat upper respiratory tract bacterial infections as well as uncomplicated infections of the skin, urinary tract and other parts of the body. Except for allergic reactions the side-effects are not dangerous. ...Read more

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Cefuroxime Axetil (Definition)

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My 2 1/2 year old was accidentally prescribed omnicef 250mg, 2x a day, but learned it was suppose to be for ceftin (cefuroxime). What harm can this do to the body.

My 2 1/2 year old was accidentally prescribed omnicef 250mg, 2x a day, but learned it was suppose to be for ceftin (cefuroxime). What harm can this do to the body.

No harm: Both medications are cephalosporins, and should treat similar infections. The dose may need to be adjusted though according to the weight of your child. ...Read more

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I've got pneumonia and my doctor prescribed ceftin (cefuroxime).How fast does this medicine will work?

I've got pneumonia and my doctor prescribed ceftin (cefuroxime).How fast does this medicine will work?

Depends: A lot depends or organism bacteria or mycoplasma or viral. If organism susceptible to antibiotic should start to feel better in 3 days. Some times complications of pneumonia such as empyema and extent of consolidation in lung enter into time of healing. Sometimes there can be progression because of lack of sensitivity of organism to antibiotic. Radiographs often define extent of the problem. ...Read more

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Is it safe to use ceftin (cefuroxime) long term (1 year+) as an acne treatment?

Is it safe to use ceftin (cefuroxime) long term (1 year+) as an acne treatment?

Yes: If it's working, keep it up. Other antibiotics may work as well, or as you get older a topical agent such as Clindamycin may prove sufficient. I needed oral tetracycline for 25 years and am grateful for it. ...Read more

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Had a sinus/ear infection since 5/23. Was given azithromycin & augmentin, neither drug was effective. I am taking ceftin, (cefuroxime) is this more effective?

Had a sinus/ear infection since 5/23. Was given azithromycin & augmentin, neither drug was effective. I am taking ceftin, (cefuroxime) is this more effective?

Sinusitis: Hello, you are being treated in an appropriate pathway. Personally, i recommend a quinolone antibiotic such as Levaquin (levofloxacin) or Avelox after failing the previous two antibiotics. I also add a steroid by mouth to this regimen. Allergy testing may be helpful. You have had ear infections as well. Finally a ct scan of your sinuses would help, especially if you fail another abx. Good luck. ...Read more

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How quick will ceftin (cefuroxime) work for pneumonia?

How quick will ceftin (cefuroxime) work for pneumonia?

Depends: A lot depends or organism bacteria or mycoplasma or viral. If organism susceptible to antibiotic should start to feel better in 3 days. Some times complications of pneumonia such as empyema and extent of consolidation in lung enter into time of healing. Sometimes there can be progression because of lack of sensitivity of organism to antibiotic. Radiographs often define extent of the problem. ...Read more

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24yo 4mos on orthocyclen (ethinyl estradiol and norgestimate). Having PMS symps 3 weeks before period due (2/10) & metallic vaginal smell. Also on ceftin- possible side effect? Hpt was neg.

24yo 4mos on orthocyclen (ethinyl estradiol and norgestimate). Having PMS symps 3 weeks before period due (2/10) & metallic vaginal smell. Also on ceftin- possible side effect? Hpt was neg.

Partial answer: This isn't area of expertise--but I do know that Ceftin (cefuroxime) does produces metallic smell in secretions, often leaves that kind of taste in the mouth, too. Sorry i can't help beyond that! ...Read more

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Ceftin (cefuroxime).Any side effects on this?

For sure: Like virtually every drug in existence, Ceftin (cefuroxime) can cause unwanted reactions. Common ones are: diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, vaginitis, and rash. There are also rare but serious reactions too, just like with all antibiotics. General rule: use only when necessary and if the benefit outweighs the risk. Your doctor can help make these decisions. ...Read more

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My son who is 24 years old was prescribed ceftin (cefuroxime) for tonsillitis and has had diarrhea with blood for a while now. How long can that last?

My son who is 24 years old was prescribed ceftin (cefuroxime) for tonsillitis and has had diarrhea with blood for a while now. How long can that last?

Might be serious: Antibiotic related diarrhea can sometimes be a sign of a secondary infection in the bowel. This is particularly worrisome if the diarrhea is bloody. This type of infection is due to a bacteria commonly referred to as "c. Diff" and requires additionaly therapy. Your son should have this evaluated with proper laboratory testing. ...Read more