How should I use cefuroxime?
Follow all directions on your prescription label and read all medication guides or instruction sheets. Use the medicine exactly as directed.
Cefuroxime oral is taken by mouth.
Swallow the tablet whole and do not crush, chew, or break it. Take with or without food.
Shake the oral suspension (liquid). Measure a dose with the supplied measuring device (not a kitchen spoon). Take with food.
Tell your doctor if a child taking cefuroxime has trouble swallowing the medicine.
Cefuroxime oral may be given as a single dose to treat gonorrhea. For most other infections, cefuroxime oral is usually given for 7 to 10 days, or for 20 days to treat early Lyme disease.
Your dose needs may change if you switch from tablets to oral suspension. Follow your doctor's dosing instructions very carefully.
Cefuroxime injection is given into a muscle or a vein, usually for 5 to 10 days.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you don't understand how to use an injection.
You may need to mix cefuroxime with a liquid (diluent) before using it. Use only the diluent your doctor has recommended.
Prepare an injection only when you are ready to give it. Call your pharmacist if the medicine has changed colors or has particles in it.
Do not reuse a needle or syringe. Place them in a puncture-proof "sharps" container and dispose of it following state or local laws. Keep out of the reach of children and pets.
Keep using this medicine even if your symptoms quickly improve. Skipping doses could make your infection resistant to medication. Cefuroxime will not treat a viral infection (flu or a common cold).
Cefuroxime can affect the results of certain medical tests. Tell any doctor who treats you that you are using cefuroxime.
Store the tablets at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Keep the bottle tightly closed when not in use.
Store the oral suspension in the refrigerator, do not freeze. Throw away any unused medicine after 10 days.
After mixing cefuroxime for injection, you will need to use it within a certain number of hours or days. This will depend on the diluent and how you store the mixture (at room temperature or in a refrigerator). Be sure you understand how to properly mix and store the medicine if using injections at home.
If the cefuroxime injection is frozen when you receive it, thaw the medicine at room temperature (do not use heat).
After thawing, you may store the cefuroxime injection at room temperature for up to 24 hours, or in a refrigerator for up to 7 days. Do not refreeze the medicine once it has been thawed.