Cefuroxime is in a group of drugs called cephalosporin (SEF a low spor in) antibiotics. It works by fighting bacteria in your body.

Cefuroxime is used to treat many kinds of bacterial infections, including severe or life-threatening forms.

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  • Ceftin, Kefurox, Zinacef, Zinacef ADD-Vantage, Zinacef TwistVial
  • More common
    Chills
    diarrhea
    fever
    general feeling of illness or discomfort
    headache
    itching of the vagina or genital area
    pain during sexual intercourse
    rigidity
    sweating
    thick, white vaginal discharge with no odor or with a mild odor
    Less common
    Black, tarry stools
    chest pain
    cough
    loose stools
    painful or difficult urination
    shortness of breath
    sore throat
    sores, ulcers, or white spots on the lips or in the mouth
    swollen glands
    unusual bleeding or bruising
    unusual tiredness or weakness
    Rare
    Back, leg, or stomach pains
    bladder pain
    bleeding gums
    bloody or cloudy urine
    body aches or pain
    burning while urinating
    dark urine
    difficulty with breathing
    ear congestion
    fast, pounding, or irregular heartbeat or pulse
    frequent urge to urinate
    general body swelling
    loss of appetite
    loss of voice
    lower back or side pain
    nasal congestion
    nausea or vomiting
    nosebleeds
    pain or tenderness around the eyes and cheekbones
    pale skin
    pink or red urine
    sneezing
    stuffy or runny nose
    swelling of the joints
    swollen glands
    tightness of chest or wheezing
    white or brownish vaginal discharge
    white patches in the mouth or throat or on the tongue
    white patches with diaper rash
    yellowing of the eyes or skin
    Incidence not known
    Blistering, peeling, or loosening of the skin
    bloody, black, or tarry stools
    clay-colored stools
    cough or hoarseness
    coughing up blood
    decrease in urine output or decrease in urine-concentrating ability
    feeling of discomfort
    fever with or without chills
    general feeling of tiredness or weakness
    high fever
    hives
    increased menstrual flow or vaginal bleeding
    joint or muscle pain
    large, hive-like swelling on the face, eyelids, lips, tongue, throat, hands, legs, feet, or sex organs
    light-colored stools
    paralysis
    prolonged bleeding from cuts
    puffiness or swelling of the eyelids or around the eyes, face, lips, or tongue
    red or black, tarry stools
    red or dark brown urine
    red skin lesions, often with a purple center
    red, irritated eyes
    seizures
    swollen lymph glands
    swollen or painful glands
    unpleasant breath odor
    upper right abdominal or stomach pain
    vomiting of blood
    Severity: Minor
    Some of the side effects that can occur with cefuroxime may not need medical attention. As your body adjusts to the medicine during treatment these side effects may go away. Your health care professional may also be able to tell you about ways to reduce or prevent some of these side effects. If any of the following side effects continue, are bothersome or if you have any questions about them, check with your health care professional:

    Less common
    Bad, unusual, or unpleasant (after) taste
    change in taste
    diaper rash
    Rare
    Abdominal or stomach cramps
    acid or sour stomach
    belching
    bloated
    difficulty with moving
    excess air or gas in the stomach or intestines
    flushing or redness of the skin
    full feeling
    gas in the stomach
    heartburn
    indigestion
    irritability
    irritation or soreness of the mouth
    itching skin
    muscle pain or stiffness
    muscle spasm of the neck
    passing gas
    restlessness
    sleepiness or unusual drowsiness
    stomach discomfort, upset, or pain
    swelling of the tongue
    thirst
    trouble sitting still
    unusually warm skin
    watering of the mouth and drooling
    weight loss
    Incidence not known
    Hives or welts
    redness of the skin
  • (injectable powder for injection, oral tablet, oral powder for reconstitution, intravenous solution)
  • Bacterial Infection

    Treating certain bacterial infections. It may be used in combination with other medicines to treat acne or certain amoeba infections. It may be used to prevent certain types of malaria in travelers who will be visiting malaria-infected areas for less than 4 months. It may also be used to prevent or slow the progression of anthrax after exposure. Doryx delayed-release capsules are a tetracycline antibiotic. It works by slowing the growth of bacteria. Slowing the bacteria's growth allows the body's immune system to destroy the bacteria.