Who can take cefuroxime?

Things to tell your doctor before you take cefuroxime

It is important to tell your health professional if you:

  • are taking any other medicines
  • have a current illness
  • have any allergies to food or other medicines
  • have any long-term health conditions (e.g. heart, liver or kidney problems).

This will help your health professional decide if cefuroxime is suitable for you.

If you have kidney problems, you must tell your doctor. You may need a lower dose of cefuroxime.

Cefuroxime and allergic reactions

You must tell your doctor if you have ever had an allergic reaction with symptoms such as hives, fever, breathing problems or swollen lips, tongue or face when taking cefuroxime or any other antibiotic in the past (e.g. amoxycillin).

Can I take cefuroxime if I am pregnant?

Cefuroxime can be taken during pregnancy.

Can I take cefuroxime if I am breastfeeding?

Cefuroxime can be taken if you are breastfeeding, but it may cause diarrhoea in your baby.

Find out more about the infections cefuroxime is used for, and its side effects and interactions.

Phone for medicines information

Call NPS Medicines Line on 1300 MEDICINE (1300 633 424) to get information about your prescription, over-the-counter and complementary medicines (herbal, ‘natural’, vitamins and mineral supplements) from a pharmacist. Your call will be answered by healthdirect Australia.

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