How does cefuroxime work?
Cefuroxime interferes with the process of building and repairing the bacterial cell wall by affecting the bonds that hold the bacterial cell wall together. This allows holes to appear in the cell wall, killing the bacteria.
The bacterial cell wall is essential for survival because it prevents the bacterial cell contents from leaking out, and protects the bacteria from unwanted substances getting into the cells.
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