Ceftin is a highly effective, broad-spectrum antibiotic that works against bacteria that cause a wide range of common problems.

This drug is especially beneficial for skin, ear and lung infections. It can help cure pneumonia, bronchitis, sinusitis and cystitis.

Ceftin belongs to a class of medicines called cephalosporins, which were originally discovered in one of the world’s most unlikely locations. A fungus found close to a sewer outlet along the coast of Sardinia turned out to cure a number of nasty infections. From this chance observation many extraordinary antibiotics have been developed.

Side Effects and Interactions

Side effects from cephalosporin antibiotics are generally mild. Nevertheless, diarrhea can be troubling for some people and in rare instances may develop into colitis.

Other reactions that have occasionally been reported with Ceftin include nausea, vomiting, vaginitis, itching, rash, stomachache, dizziness and headache.

If this medicine has to be taken for long periods of time, your physician will probably want to order periodic blood tests. Remember to report any symptoms or suspected side effects of Ceftin to your physician promptly.

Oral blood-thinners like Coumadin interact with medications related to Ceftin. Prudence suggests careful monitoring of bleeding time if these drugs must be taken together.

Special Precautions

If you are allergic to penicillin-type antibiotics, alert your physician immediately. Some people who are sensitive to penicillin may also react to Ceftin.

Symptoms such as breathing difficulty, wheezing, sneezing, hives, itching, and skin rash require immediate emergency treatment.

Life-threatening anaphylactic shock may produce an inability to breathe and cardiovascular collapse and can occur within minutes of exposure.

People with kidney or liver disease may need special medical supervision when they take Ceftin. This medicine may also interfere with certain diabetes tests.

Prolonged use of an antibiotic like Ceftin sometimes leads to an overgrowth of fungus or resistant bacteria known as superinfection. If this occurs, the doctor may need to have you discontinue Ceftin and take a different medication.

Taking the Medicine

Unlike many antibiotics, this medicine is gets into the blood stream more efficiently when it is taken with food. Although it can be swallowed on an empty stomach, we recommend taking Ceftin at mealtime to reduce stomach upset and enhance drug absorption.

Be sure to finish the entire prescription unless your doctor directs you to stop.

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  1. littlepeaks
    Colorado Springs, CO

    I was prescribed this antibiotic plus another one for treatment of pneumonia. After receiving the drug for two days by infusion pump in a hospital, I took 500mg twice a day for 8 days.
    I experienced no side effects from the medication, except for a slight stomach upset sometimes. I have GERD, and this medication did not exacerbate that condition. The pills are large and chalky, and immediately start dissolving in your mouth, so you’d better be prepared to swallow that sucker immediately, unless you want to experience the bitter taste for a long period of time. This medication tastes bitter, like kale, except more intense. A swig of cough medicine with codeine wipes out any aftertaste. I have to give this medicine 5 stars, because it did help me get rid of pneumonia (whereas a different antibiotic was ineffective).

  2. barbie

    Oh my gosh, just took my 2nd pill, it was terrible. I eat my yogurt, then the pill I had wiped off and then more yogurt, lots of water. I still thought I would throw up, so glad I did not it must be terrible coming back up. I hope my doctor will give me a different pill today, I can’t take this for 10 days. What a taste, and why does it dissolve before it even goes down? So glad it was not just me that this happened to. Everyone be careful with this one.

  3. alf

    I was diagnosed with blighted ovum so d& c was done. After 2 days, I had a fever and severe cramping and back pain. I was prescribed cefuroxime axetil 2 x day.
    I went for an ultrasound and it was incomplete miscarriage. The performed another d & c and tubal ligation. I was given IV cefuroxime 750 mg for two doses. After 24 hours, I was discharged and was prescribed cefuroxime 500 mg 3 x a day.
    At first I did not feel bad side effect ts but after 2 days I experience mild headache, neck pain and stomach discomfort. My question is , is 500 mg 3 x a day not an overdose?
    People’s Pharmacy response: Please check with the prescriber. The usual dose is twice a day.

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