CEFPROZIL

COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Cefzil

GENERIC NAME(S): CEFPROZIL

 

Description: Cefprozil inhibits cell wall synthesis and has activity against a broad range of gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria.

Cefprozil, a cephalosporin antibiotic, treats a wide variety of bacterial infections by stopping the growth of bacteria. This antibiotic treats only bacterial infections.

How to use cefprozil

Take this medication by mouth usually once or twice daily, or as directed by your doctor. You may take this medicine with food if stomach upset occurs. Dosage is based on your medical condition and response to therapy. In children, the dosage is also based on weight.

Antibiotics work best when the amount of medicine in your body is kept at a constant level. Therefore, take this drug at evenly spaced intervals.

Continue to take this medication until the full-prescribed amount is finished, even if symptoms disappear after a few days. Stopping the medication too early may allow bacteria to continue to grow, which may result in a relapse of the infection.

Inform your doctor if your condition persists or worsens.

Notify your doctor or pharmacist promptly if any of these effects persist or worsen:

  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • diarrhea
  • stomach pain
  • dizziness

Tell your doctor immediately if unusual tiredness/weakness occur.

Tell your doctor immediately if any of these rare but very serious side effects occur:

  • yellowing of the eyes/skin
  • severe stomach/abdominal pain
  • persistent nausea/vomiting
  • dark urine
  • change in the amount of urine
  • signs of new infection (e.g., fever, persistent sore throat)
  • easy bruising/bleeding
  • mental/mood changes (such as confusion)

This medication may rarely cause a severe intestinal condition (Clostridium difficile-associated diarrhea) due to a resistant bacteria. This condition may occur while receiving therapy or even weeks to months after treatment has stopped.

Use of this medication for prolonged or repeated periods may result in oral thrush or a new vaginal yeast infection (oral or vaginal fungal infection).

A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is unlikely.

This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Precautions

Consult your doctor regarding these precautions:

  • Allergic reaction to this medication.
  • Patients with medical history of kidney disease, or intestinal disease (colitis).
  • Do not drive, use machinery, or do any activity that requires alertness until you are sure you can perform such activities safely.
  • Elderly and children may be more sensitive to its side effects.
  • Used only when clearly needed during pregnancy.
  • Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

 

Interactions

Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all prescription and nonprescription/herbal products you may use, especially of: live bacterial vaccines.

Although most antibiotics probably do not affect hormonal birth control such as pills, patch, or ring, some antibiotics may decrease their effectiveness.

This medication may affect the results of certain lab tests. It may cause false positive results with certain diabetic urine testing products (cupric sulfate-type) and false negative results with certain blood glucose tests.

This document does not contain all possible interactions. Therefore, before using this product, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all the products you use. Keep a list of all your medications with you, and share the list with your doctor and pharmacist.

Overdose

If overdose is suspected, contact a poison control center or emergency room immediately. Symptoms of overdose may include seizures.

Notes: Do not share this medication with others.

This medication has been prescribed for your current condition only. Do not use it later for another infection unless told to do so by your doctor. A different medication may be necessary in those cases.

Missed Dose: If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember. If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not double the dose to catch up.

Storage: Store at room temperature between 59-86 degrees F (15-30 degrees C) away from light and moisture. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep all medicines away from children and pets.

Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. Properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist or local waste disposal company for more details about how to safely discard your product.

 

Brands:

Also marketed as

  • Procef [ Bristol-Myers Squibb ]

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