Cefuroxime axetil is a broad spectrum antibiotic belonging to the class of cephalosporins. Cephalosporins are one of the major classes and sub group of beta lactam antibiotics derived from fungus Acremonium or cephalosporium. Cefuroxime axetil belongs to the third generation cephalosporins and has a broad antimicrobial spectrum against gram positive and gram negative microorganisms. It is active against various bacterial pathogens mentioned below:
- Escherichia coli
- Staphylococcus aureus
- N. Gonorrhea
- Streptococcus pneumonia
- Pseudomonas aeruginosa
- Bacteroides fragilis
- Haemophilus influenza
- Klebsiella species and Enterobacter species
It is available in the form of oral solid dosage form i.e. tablets on our website. Cefuroxime axetil has shown excellent therapeutic response and good patient compliance due to favorable pharmacokinetic profile.
The ailments it is used for:
Cefuroxime axetil is an antibiotic that helps in relieving bacteria induced infections. It is indicated in the following conditions:
- Acute otitis media
- Community acquired pneumonia
- Urinary tract infections
- Uncomplicated skin and skin structure infections
- Sexually transmitted diseases
Understanding the drug Cefuroxime axetil:
How it works?
Cefuroxime axetil is a beta lactam antibiotic and acts on specific penicillin binding protein and stops the formation of bacterial cell wall. It interferes with the later stages of bacterial cell wall, and disrupts the cross linking of the peptidoglycan structure. It has a major role in the activation of bacterial cell autolysin process that contributes lysis of bacterial cell.
When should you avoid it?
You should not take Cefuroxime axetil if you:
- Are allergic to Cefuroxime axetil
- Are breastfeeding a child
- Are suffering from liver disease
- Are pregnant or planning pregnancy
- Are suffering from kidney problems
- Have colitis
How much to take?
You should consume Cefuroxime axetil as prescribed by your doctor. Do not consume it in smaller or higher quantities for a longer period of time than prescribed. It is up to doctor as he knows your complete health status. So, doctor will prescribe the best therapeutic dose depending upon your condition. The usual starting dose is 250 mg and can be increased or decreased depending upon the patient’s condition and demand. Take the medicine as instructed by the doctor.
250 mg (Pharyngitis/ tonsillitis)
Twice a day for 10 days
500 mg/250 mg(acute bronchitis)
Twice a day for 5 to 10 days
500 mg/250 mg (chronic bronchitis)
Twice a day for 10 days
250 mg ( urinary tract infections)
Twice a day for seven to ten days
1000 mg (uncomplicated gonorrhea)
What are the strengths available?
Cefuroxime axetil is available in the following strength preparation on our website:
- Cetil 125 mg
- Cetil 250 mg
- Cetil 500 mg
Who is the manufacturer?
Cetil tablets are manufactured by Lupin Pharmaceuticals Inc, a well known pharmaceutical company and are available in the packs of 32, 64 and 128 tablets.
How to take it?
Tablets are meant to be taken with full glass of water. Swallow the oral tablets don’t crush or chew it. Take the medicine same time daily as it reduces the chances of missing a dose. Complete the full course of the treatment.
When to take?
Some medicines work best when taken on specific times. So, doctor will decide and prescribe you when to take the medicine. Generally, Cefuroxime axetil is taken twice a day with or without food. Always take the medicine as prescribed by the doctor.
For how long should it be taken?
Continue to take the drug for as long as the doctor recommends. Complete full length of course religiously. Failure to complete the full dosage might result in a recurrence of the infection.
What if you take too much (overdose)?
Excess intake of the drug can cause toxicity. Consult your doctor if you experience any unusual signs and symptoms.
What if you miss the dose?
In case you forget to take the dose, skip the dose and take the next dose on the scheduled time and continue following it. Do not double up the dose to catch up with the missed one.
What are the side effects?
Every drug has some side effects some may experience or some may not. The side effects are different for each patient and depend upon the general health, disease state, age, weight and gender. Cefuroxime axetil tablets show some common and serious side effects that are listed below:
- Stomach disturbances
- Skin rashes
- Nausea and Vomiting
- Stiffness of joints and muscles
- Mild Itching
- Skin rashes
- Swollen glands
- Mouth ulcers
- Watery or bloody diarrhea
- Fever, chills and hives
- Painful mouth and sores
- Swelling of your face, lips, tongue or throat
Are there any possible drug interactions?
It is important to have knowledge of the other drugs that may interact with the Cefuroxime axetil tablets and has an ability to affect the activity of the concerned drug. One should talk to doctor and discuss everything about the other medicines that include nutrition supplements. Doctor will give you the list of the drugs that may interact with Cefuroxime axetil tablets. Following are the list of drugs:
- Ranitidine, Omeprazole and Pantaprazole
- Antacids like aluminum hydroxide and magnesium hydroxide
- Bacterial vaccines
- Ethacrynic acid
- Estrogen and other hormonal birth control medicines
- Amino glycosides
- Coumarin anticoagulants
What are the things to be taken care of?
- Always take the medicine as per prescription
- Don’t use the expired medicine
- Don’t share your medicine with anyone even if you find same signs and symptoms
- This drug is bit dizzy or drowsy so avoid doing any such activity that needs alertness like driving a car or machinery
- There are chances of developing diarrhea while taking this medicine so always consult with your doctor as you need dose adjustments
- Elderly people may be sensitive to this drug as kidney function decreases with age and this drug is excreted by kidneys only
- Always store the tablets in a cool and dark place