Cefzil (Cefprozil) Dosage and Side Effects
CEFZIL is used to treat many different types of infections caused by bacteria.
Proper Use of this medication
Follow all directions on your prescription label. Do not take this medicine in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.
Shake the oral suspension (liquid) well just before you measure a dose. Measure liquid medicine with the dosing syringe provided, or with a special dose-measuring spoon or medicine cup. If you do not have a dose-measuring device, ask your pharmacist for one.
Do not share this medicine with another person, even if they have the same symptoms you have.
This medicine can cause unusual results with certain lab tests for glucose (sugar) in the urine. Tell any doctor who treats you that you are using CEFZIL.
Use CEFZIL for the full prescribed length of time. Your symptoms may improve before the infection is completely cleared. Skipping doses may also increase your risk of further infection that is resistant to antibiotics. CEFZIL will not treat a viral infection such as the common cold or flu.
Store CEFZIL tablets at room temperature away from moisture, heat, and light.
Store CEFZIL oral liquid in the refrigerator. Do not allow it to freeze. Throw away any unused medication that is older than 14 days.
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Call your doctor at once if you have:
•diarrhea that is watery or bloody;
•sudden weakness or ill feeling, cold or flu symptoms, mouth sores, red or swollen gums, pain when swallowing;
•pale or yellowed skin, dark colored urine, confusion or weakness;
•bruising, severe tingling, numbness, pain, muscle weakness;
•seizure (convulsions); or
•severe skin reaction--fever, sore throat, swelling in your face or tongue, burning in your eyes, skin pain, followed by a red or purple skin rash that spreads (especially in the face or upper body) and causes blistering and peeling.
Common side effects may include:
•nausea, vomiting, stomach pain; or
•vaginal itching or discharge.
Warnings and Precautions
You should not use CEFZIL if you are allergic to any cephalosporin antibiotic (cefdinir, CEFZIL, cefuroxime, cephalexin, and others).
You should not use this medicine if you are allergic to CEFZIL or to other cephalosporin antibiotics, such as:
•cephalexin (Keflex); or
To make sure CEFZIL is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have:
•a history of intestinal problems, such as colitis; or
•if you are allergic to penicillin or other medicines.
FDA pregnancy category B. This medicine is not expected to be harmful to an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment.
CEFZIL can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
The CEFZIL suspension (liquid) may contain phenylalanine. Talk to your doctor before using this form of CEFZIL if you have phenylketonuria (PKU).
Interactions with this medication
Antibiotic medicines can cause diarrhea, which may be a sign of a new infection. If you have diarrhea that is watery or bloody, stop taking CEFZIL and call your doctor. Do not use anti-diarrhea medicine unless your doctor tells you to.
Other drugs may interact with CEFZIL, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Tell each of your health care providers about all medicines you use now and any medicine you start or stop using.
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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.