Cefuroxime Uses

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What is Cefuroxime?

Treating bacterial infections or preventing bacterial infections before, during, or after certain surgeries.

Cefuroxime is a cephalosporin antibiotic. It works by killing sensitive bacteria.

Cefuroxime indications

infoAn indication is a term used for the list of condition or symptom or illness for which the medicine is prescribed or used by the patient. For example, acetaminophen or paracetamol is used for fever by the patient, or the doctor prescribes it for a headache or body pains. Now fever, headache and body pains are the indications of paracetamol. A patient should be aware of the indications of medications used for common conditions because they can be taken over the counter in the pharmacy meaning without prescription by the Physician. The below description contains indications of Cefuroxime drug.


Cefuroxime axetil for oral suspension is indicated for the treatment of pediatric patients 3 months to 12 years of age with mild to moderate infections caused by susceptible strains of the designated microorganisms in the conditions listed below. The safety and effectiveness of cefuroxime axetil for oral suspension in the treatment of infections other than those specifically listed below have not been established either by adequate and well-controlled trials or by pharmacokinetic data with which to determine an effective and safe dosing regimen.

  1. Pharyngitis/Tonsillitis caused by Streptococcus pyogenes. NOTE: The usual drug of choice in the treatment and prevention of streptococcal infections, including the prophylaxis of rheumatic fever, is penicillin given by the intramuscular route. Cefuroxime axetil for oral suspension is generally effective in the eradication of streptococci from the nasopharynx; however, substantial data establishing the efficacy of cefuroxime in the subsequent prevention of rheumatic fever are not available. Please also note that in all clinical trials, all isolates had to be sensitive to both penicillin and cefuroxime. There are no data from adequate and well-controlled trials to demonstrate the effectiveness of cefuroxime in the treatment of penicillin-resistant strains of Streptococcus pyogenes.
  2. Acute Bacterial Otitis Media caused by Streptococcus pneumoniae, Haemophilus influenzae (including beta-lactamase-producing strains), Moraxella catarrhalis (including beta-lactamase-producing strains), or Streptococcus pyogenes.
  3. Impetigo caused by Staphylococcus aureus (including beta-lactamase-producing strains) or Streptococcus pyogenes.

To reduce the development of drug-resistant bacteria and maintain the effectiveness of cefuroxime axetil for oral suspension and other antibacterial drugs, cefuroxime axetil for oral suspension should be used only to treat or prevent infections that are proven or strongly suspected to be caused by susceptible bacteria. When culture and susceptibility information are available, they should be considered in selecting or modifying antibacterial therapy. In the absence of such data, local epidemiology and susceptibility patterns may contribute to the empiric selection of therapy.


How should I use Cefuroxime?

Use cefuroxime as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Cefuroxime is usually given as an injection at your doctor's office, hospital, or clinic. If you will be using cefuroxime at home, a health care provider will teach you how to use it. Be sure you understand how to use cefuroxime. Follow the procedures you are taught when you use a dose. Contact your health care provider if you have any questions.
  • To clear up your infection completely, use cefuroxime for the full course of treatment. Keep using it even if you feel better in a few days.
  • Do not use cefuroxime if it contains particles, is cloudy or discolored, or if the vial is cracked or damaged.
  • Keep this product, as well as syringes and needles, out of the reach of children and pets. Do not reuse needles, syringes, or other materials. Ask your health care provider how to dispose of these materials after use. Follow all local rules for disposal.
  • If you miss a dose of cefuroxime, use it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not use 2 doses at once.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use cefuroxime.


Uses of Cefuroxime in details

infoThere are specific as well as general uses of a drug or medicine. A medicine can be used to prevent a disease, treat a disease over a period or cure a disease. It can also be used to treat the particular symptom of the disease. The drug use depends on the form the patient takes it. It may be more useful in injection form or sometimes in tablet form. The drug can be used for a single troubling symptom or a life-threatening condition. While some medications can be stopped after few days, some drugs need to be continued for prolonged period to get the benefit from it. The below information contains the uses of Cefuroxime drug.

Cefuroxime is used to treat any bacterial infection of the respiratory tract, kidney and urinary tract, and certain parasitic diseases. It is also used as preventive measure before eye or tooth extraction surgery to reduce infection of the internal coats of the eye (endophthalmitis).

Cefuroxime description

infoPharmacology is a crucial part of medicine wherein various medications are used to advance the well-being of an individual. Some drugs cure the infection or a disease; few prevent the occurrence of a symptom or a disease, and few are used in long-term treatment of the disease. Drugs are obtained from the plants as well as they can be synthesized organically. The drugs are used in various combinations or a single drug by the pharmaceutical industry during its preparation. The half-life of each medicine is different, and the dosage of the drug depends on the half-life of the drug. The below information gives the detailed description of Cefuroxime drug.

Broad-spectrum cephalosporin antibiotic resistant to beta-lactamase. It has been proposed for infections with gram-negative and gram-positive organisms, gonorrhea, and haemophilus. [PubChem]

Active ingredient matches for Cefuroxime:


Unit description / dosage (Manufacturer)Price, USD
Tablet; Oral; Cefuroxime Axetil 250 mg
Tablet; Oral; Cefuroxime Axetil 500 mg
Tablet, Film-Coated; Oral; Cefuroxime Axetil 125 mg
Tablet, Film-Coated; Oral; Cefuroxime Axetil 250 mg
Tablet, Film-Coated; Oral; Cefuroxime Axetil 500 mg
Injectable; Injection; Cefuroxime Sodium 1.5 g
Injectable; Injection; Cefuroxime Sodium 7.5 g
Injectable; Injection; Cefuroxime Sodium 750 mg
Tablet; Oral; Cefuroxime Axetil 125 mg
Injectable; Injection; Cefuroxime Sodium 75 mg / ml
Injectable; Subcutaneous; Cefuroxime Sodium 1.5 g
Injectable; Subcutaneous; Cefuroxime Sodium 7.5 g
Injectable; Subcutaneous; Cefuroxime Sodium 750 mg
Injectable; Injection; Cefuroxime Sodium 1500 mg
Injectable; Injection; Cefuroxime Sodium 250 mg
Rocephin 10 gm vial$ 478.32
Ceftin 20 500 mg tablet Bottle$ 436.36
Cefuroxime Axetil 250 mg/5ml Suspension 100ml Bottle$ 121.27
Rocephin 2 gm vial$ 97.50
Cefzil 250 mg/5ml Suspension 100ml Bottle$ 87.62
Zinacef 7.5 gm vial$ 65.94
Rocephin 1 gm Solution Vial$ 65.53
Rocephin 1 gm vial$ 62.02
Duricef 500 mg/5ml Suspension 100ml Bottle$ 59.36
Cefzil 125 mg/5ml Suspension 100ml Bottle$ 48.36
Duricef 500 mg/5ml Suspension 75ml Bottle$ 46.93
Maxipime 2 gram vial$ 43.04
Velosef 250 mg/5ml Suspension 100ml Bottle$ 23.99
Maxipime 1 gm piggyback vial$ 23.24
Duricef 250 mg/5ml Suspension 50ml Bottle$ 22.99
Maxipime 1 gram vial$ 21.70
Ceftin 500 mg tablet$ 3.61
Cefuroxime 1.5 g/50 ml bag$ 16.80
Cedax 400 mg capsule$ 16.13
Zinacef 1.5 gm add-vant vial$ 13.94
Zinacef 1.5 gm vial$ 13.45
Cefuroxime sod 1.5 gm vial$ 13.44
Ceftin 250 mg tablet$ 1.82
Cefzil 500 mg tablet$ 9.77
Cefuroxime axetil 500 mg tablet$ 8.11
Duricef 1 gm tablet$ 7.35
Cefzil 250 mg tablet$ 4.76
Cefuroxime axetil 250 mg tablet$ 2.82
Velosef 500 mg capsule$ 2.02
Apo-Cefuroxime 500 mg Tablet$ 2.02
Ratio-Cefuroxime 500 mg Tablet$ 2.02
Velosef 250 mg capsule$ 1.03
Apo-Cefuroxime 250 mg Tablet$ 1.02
Ratio-Cefuroxime 250 mg Tablet$ 1.02
Zinacef-water 1.5 gm/50 ml$ 0.32
Cefuroxime / CCPC 750 mg x 10's
Cefuroxime / CCPC 750 mg x 25's
Cefuroxime 750 mg Injection$ 1.57

List of Cefuroxime substitutes (brand and generic names):

CEFUROXIME 125MG SYRUP 1 bottle / 30 ML syrup each (Jan Aushadhi)$ 0.49
Cefuroxime Actavis 1.5 g x 1 Bottle 30 mL
Cefuroxime Actavis 750 mg x 1 Bottle 9 mL
Cefuroxime Actavis 1.5 g x 1 Bottle 30 mL
Cefuroxime Actavis 750 mg x 1 Bottle 9 mL
Injectable; Injection; Cefuroxime Sodium 1.5 g
Injectable; Injection; Cefuroxime Sodium 750 mg
CEFUROXIME AXETIL 250 MG TABLET 1 strip / 10 tablets each (Jan Aushadhi)$ 1.43
CEFUROXIME AXETIL 500MG TABLET 1 strip / 10 tablets each (Jan Aushadhi)$ 2.80
Cefuroxime Axetil Zhijun tab 250 mg 10 x 6's (ShenZhen Zhijun)
Cefuroxime Axetil Zhijun tab 250 mg 2 x 6's (ShenZhen Zhijun)


  1. Wikipedia. "cefuroxime: Link to the compound information in Wikipedia.". https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cefuroxime (accessed September 18, 2017).
  2. PubChem. "cefuroxime". https://pubchem.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/compoun... (accessed September 18, 2017).
  3. FDA Orange Book. "CEFUROXIME SODIUM: The publication, Approved Drug Products with Therapeutic Equivalence Evaluations (the List, commonly known as the Orange Book), identifies drug products approved on the basis of safety and effectiveness by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (the Act).". https://www.fda.gov/Drugs/InformationOnD... (accessed September 18, 2017).


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