Cefuroxime is a broad-spectrum antibiotic, which means that it is active against a wide variety of bacteria. It is used to treat bacterial infections such as urinary tract infections, skin infections, chest infections, ear infections and sinusitis. It is also given before some surgical operations, to prevent an infection from occurring. Cefuroxime treats an infection by killing the bacteria that are causing it. Before you take cefuroxime, make sure your doctor knows if you have ever had an allergic reaction to any other antibiotic. Cefuroxime is suitable for adults and children, and can be taken during pregnancy. Some people who are allergic to penicillin antibiotics may not be able to take cefuroxime, so make sure your doctor knows if you have ever had an allergic reaction to any other antibiotic.
Space your doses out evenly over the day and complete the full course of the antibiotic, even if you feel your infection has cleared up.
The most common side-effect is diarrhoea, which is usually mild and soon passes. If it becomes severe or lasts for more than 24 hours, you should speak with your doctor.