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.

Cefuroxime can be used to treat some respiratory tract infections (RTIs) (e.g. sinusitis and pneumonia). It can also be used to treat other infections caused by bacteria.

Find out more about what infections cefuroxime is used for, how it works, who can take it, and the side effects and interactions of cefuroxime.

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.

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  • 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).