Active ingredient: cefuroxime
Brand name: Zinnat
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What is cefuroxime?
Cefuroxime is an antibiotic used to treat infections caused by bacteria. It is usually prescribed for people who cannot take amoxycillin due to allergy (hypersensitivity). It is a type of antibiotic called a cephalosporin.
There is only one brand of cefuroxime available in Australia, called Zinnat. Read about Zinnat tablets and Zinnat liquid suspension for children and find their consumer medicines information leaflets.
- Rossi S, ed. Australian Medicines Handbook [online]. Adelaide: AMH, July 2012.
- Sweetman S, ed. Martindale: The complete drug reference [online]. London: Pharmaceutical Press (accessed 18 October 2011).
- Antibiotic Expert Group. Therapeutic Guidelines: Antibiotic version 14; Cefuroxime. Melbourne: Therapeutic Guidelines Limited, 2012 (accessed 15 May 2012).