Kefurox

Name: Kefurox

How should this medicine be used?

Cefuroxime injection comes as a powder to be mixed with liquid to be injected intravenously (into a vein) or intramuscularly (into a muscle). Cefuroxime injection is also available as a premixed product to be injected intravenously. It is usually given every six or eight hours for five to ten days.

You may receive cefuroxime injection in a hospital or you may administer the medication at home. If you will be receiving cefuroxime injection at home, your healthcare provider will show you how to use the medication. Be sure that you understand these directions, and ask your healthcare provider if you have any questions.

You should begin to feel better during the first few days of treatment with cefuroxime injection. If your symptoms do not improve or get worse, call your doctor.

Use cefuroxime injection until you finish the prescription, even if you feel better. If you stop using cefuroxime injection too soon or skip doses, your infection may not be completely treated and the bacteria may become resistant to antibiotics.

What special dietary instructions should I follow?

Unless your doctor tells you otherwise, continue your normal diet.

What should I do if I forget a dose?

Use the missed dose as soon as you remember it. However, if it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and continue your regular dosing schedule. Do not use a double dose to make up for a missed one.

What side effects can this medication cause?

Cefuroxime injection may cause side effects. Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away:

  • vaginal itching
  • diarrhea
  • pain, redness, swelling, or bleeding near the place where cefuroxime was injected

Some side effects can be serious. If you experience any of these symptoms, stop taking cefuroxime injection and call your doctor immediately or get emergency medical treatment:

  • watery or bloody stools, stomach cramps, or fever during treatment or for up to two or more months after stopping treatment
  • seizures
  • rash
  • hives
  • swelling of the face, throat, tongue, lips, and eyes
  • difficulty swallowing or breathing
  • hoarseness
  • decreased urination
  • swelling in legs and feet
  • peeling, blistering, or shedding skin
  • a return of fever, sore throat, chills, or other signs of infection
  • hearing loss, if you are being treated for meningitis

Cefuroxime injection may cause other side effects. Call your doctor if you have any unusual problems while taking this medication.

If you experience a serious side effect, you or your doctor may send a report to the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program online (http://www.fda.gov/Safety/MedWatch) or by phone (1-800-332-1088).

What other information should I know?

Keep all appointments with your doctor and the laboratory. Your doctor may order certain lab tests to check your body's response to cefuroxime injection.

Before having any laboratory test, tell your doctor and the laboratory personnel that you are taking cefuroxime injection.

If you are diabetic and test your urine for sugar, use Clinistix or TesTape (not Clinitest) to test your urine while taking this medication.

It is important for you to keep a written list of all of the prescription and nonprescription (over-the-counter) medicines you are taking, as well as any products such as vitamins, minerals, or other dietary supplements. You should bring this list with you each time you visit a doctor or if you are admitted to a hospital. It is also important information to carry with you in case of emergencies.

Side Effects of Kefurox

Serious side effects have been reported with Kefurox. See the “Kefurox Precautions” section.

Common side effects of oral and injectable Kefurox include the following:

  • Upset stomach
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Stomach pain

This is not a complete list of Kefurox side effects. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

Tell your doctor if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away.

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Kefurox Precautions

Oral:

Serious side effects have been reported with Kefurox including the following:

Allergic reactions. Tell your healthcare provider right away if you have some or all of the following symptoms of an allergic reaction:

  • Rash
  • Hives
  • Difficulty breathing or swallowing
  • Wheezing
  • Painful sores in the mouth or throat

Injectable:

Serious side effects have been reported with Kefurox including the following:

Allergic reactions. Tell your healthcare provider right away if you have some or all of the following symptoms of an allergic reaction:

  • Rash
  • Hives
  • Difficulty breathing or swallowing
  • Wheezing
  • Painful sores in the mouth or throat
  • Vaginal itching and discharge

Kefurox can cause drowsiness. Do not drive or operate heavy machinery until you know how Kefurox affects you.

Do not take Kefurox if you:

  • are allergic to Kefurox or to any of its ingredients
  • are allergic to any other cephalosporin antibiotic

Other Requirements

Oral:

  • Store Kefurox tablets and suspension at room temperature. The suspension may be stored in the refrigerator, if preferred.
  • Keep this and all medicines out of the reach of children.

Injectable:

  • Store Kefurox for intravenous injection in the refrigerator or freezer.
  • Keep this and all medicines out of the reach of children.
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