Can I take cefuroxime axetil if allergic to penicillin?

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 this allergy. If you do have pcn allergy, then you can: 1.Use a different antibiotic 2. Do a graded challenge/desensitization to cefuroxime. If negative to pcn on testing, <1% will have problems with cefuroxime.

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I am allergic to penicillin and I have been prescribed 250 mg of cefuroxime axetil can I take it?

Possibly. Approximately 16% of individuals with true penicillin allergies will have a cross reactivity with cephalosporin antibiotics, like Cefuroxime axetil. Best to discuss with your prescribing doctor whether or not he or she believes you have a true allergy to penicillin vs. A side effect reaction to penicillin. Read more...
Cross sensitivity. Officially 10% of penicillin allergic people are also allergic to cephalosporins. Check back with prescribing physician to verify use. Read more...

Is cefuroxime axetil like penicillin?

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. Read more...

Is it possible for me to take cefuroxime axetil if I am allergic to penicillan?

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 life-threatening reaction to penicillin, don't take it without consulting an allergist/immunologist first. If yo had a mild rash or nausea, you can probably try it. Read more...

If I'm allergic to penicillin can I take ceftin (cefuroxime)?

Probably. There's about a 15% chance that you'll be allergic to ceftin (cefuroxime). If your penicillin allergy was life-threatening, you shouldn't take the risk, but if you just developed a rash, it's fine to try the ceftin (cefuroxime). Read more...

What number of days should I take zinacef (cefuroxime axetil) anibiotic?

More information. Well the question is 'what' are you taking the antibiotic for? The doctor who prescribed the medication should have some kind of 'plan' in mind for you... We like to follow the axiom - 'treat until better' which for some people means a week, others 10 days, or possibly much longer. It's important to be monitored for side effects AND to make sure a good result is achieved. So please check with doc. Read more...

How many days should I take zinacef (cefuroxime axetil)?

5-10. Zinacef (cefuroxime axetil) (cefuroxime) has many indications for treating various infections but is usually prescribed for between 5 and 10 days. Read more...

How many days should I take zinacef (cefuroxime axetil) (antibiotic)?

Depends. That depends on why you're taking it. Duration of treatment depends on the infection. In general you should take it for the amount of time prescribed. Read more...