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What is cefuroxime?

Cefuroxime (also called Ceftin®) is used to prevent or treat infections. It is available as a 250 mg tablet and as a liquid suspension. Both are taken by mouth. It is also available as a clear liquid that is given by vein (IV).

How to take and store cefuroxime

  • You should take cefuroxime with food.
  • Store the tablet form at room temperature in dry place.
  • Shake the liquid well before you take it. Use an oral syringe or medicine cup to be sure you are taking the correct amount.
  • Store the liquid medicine in the refrigerator.
  • Discard the liquid medicine after 10 days or on the expiration date printed on the label.

Possible side effects of cefuroxime

  • Nausea, vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Rash
  • Loss of appetite
  • Headache
  • Stomach pain
  • Allergic reaction with the following symptoms: rash, hives, itching, chills, fever, swelling in the facial area, and joint pain

These are the most common side effects, but there may be others. Please report all side effects to the doctor or nurse.

In case of a severe side effect or reaction, call the doctor, nurse, or pharmacist at 901-595-3300. If you are outside the Memphis area, dial toll-free 1-866-2STJUDE (1-866-278-5833), and press 0 once the call is connected.

Special instructions for cefuroxime

  • Before taking cefuroxime, tell your doctor if you have had an allergic reaction to any other cephalosporin or penicillin antibiotics. If you have allergy symptoms (listed above) or you have severe or watery diarrhea, tell your doctor right away.
  • Finish all doses of this medicine as instructed by your doctor, even if you think your condition is better. Do not stop taking this medicine unless your doctor tells you to do so.
  • Do not take cefuroxime while you are taking probenecid without telling your doctor. Probenecid may increase the levels of cefuroxime in your body.
  • Cefuroxime may cause a false-positive urine test result when checking your urine for sugar (glucose) levels.
  • If you are an outpatient taking cefuroxime through a portable pump (such as an Eclipse® device):
    • Finish all doses of cefuroxime as instructed by your doctor, even if you think your condition has improved.
    • Store cefuroxime in the refrigerator or on ice.
    • Place one (1) dose of cefuroxime at room temperature about 30 minutes before the dose is received.
    • See “Do You Know…Using the Eclipse® medicine device” for details.


This document is not intended to take the place of the care and attention of your personal physician or other professional medical services. Our aim is to promote active participation in your care and treatment by providing information and education. Questions about individual health concerns or specific treatment options should be discussed with your physician.

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