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Overview

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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I am currently taking cefuroxime for an ear infection. Although I have not notice a "quick fix" I do feel better. I do not like the fact that I taste the medicine all day even on a full stomach. In fact the pill seems to dissolve too quickly before completely swallowed.

I cannot get the taste of this pill out of my mouth. It's horrible. I have the generic brand, perhaps the non-generic would be less nasty.. In any event, the drug seems to work but I HATE taking it for the taste.

I just started taking Cefuroxime yesterday, and I feel quite a bit better also. I do have to agree with the taste - not good. It does dissolve too quickly and very difficult to get the taste out. I usually eat a small breakfast, take the pill with plenty of water, and then eat a little more for breakfast to help control the taste. It doesn't go away right away, but it does get better.

I am also allergic to penicillin so the warnings regarding the side effects scare me a little bit as there is a slight chance that this could cause a reaction as well. Although my reaction to penicillin was only a rash, that doesn't make the warnings and fears any less scary. So how do I know that if I do get a reaction from this that it won't be worse?

I was informed that it would be highly unlikely as the main ingredient that's in both of them is not as strong in the Cefuroxime as in the penicillin, and that if I do get a reaction it would probably be just a rash. That still doesn't subside my fears though. Can anyone help shed some light on this and the chances of an allergic reaction? Thanks!

I started taking the medication on Monday, felt better yesterday and today feel very bad. I am on 500mg twice daily and the nausea and stomach ache is very persistent. I really feel worse than I did but in a different way. I will have a hard time taking this medication foe the full 7 days.

M.C.

why do doctors prescribe medications for 3 year olds that taste this bad. How do they expect them to take it. Reasoning with a 3 year old that it will make her feel better just doesn't work!

I started taking the drugs six days ago. It does have a bad taste. Some noticeable improvement with sinus infection but not a lot. Developed blisters in mouth. Did not connect to drug immediately. Blood sugars elevated, changing rapidly from high to low for no reason. Not sure I will take again.

My 3 year old daughter was prescribed this for her ear infection--after a few other antibiotics didn't work. She describes the taste as "spicy", which made me have to taste it... Wow! My first reaction was that the pharmacy messed up, until I found your comments here. We had bubble-gum flavor added, but this doesn't help (the after-taste is very nasty). If I had to do it again, I think I would try an orange or citrus flavoring instead. We find that a glass of orange juice helps cover the bitter aftertaste. I wonder if lemonade would work?

I started taking Ceftum 3 days back for prolonged dry cough immediately after going to bed. I was advised to take it on empty stomach. I experienced mild stomach pain 3-5 minutes after taking the medicines. I also had running nose for 72 hours, after I started the medication along with mild fever but there is significant improvement in my dry cough. Will any one tell me why I had fever and running nose after I started this medicine??

I would just like to echo what another poster said about the NASTY TASTE this pill leaves in your mouth. I have on occasion, chewed pills without water but I can't ever imagine chewing this! it is horrible. I hope it's as effective as it tastes bad.

I am taking it for some lingering effects from an Ear Infection, I must say...This and CAT Scan Dye are quite possibly but very VIVIDLY the WORST two things I've tasted in my life. I believe I have taken this pill before, for a kidney infection or something when I was young, and I remember wiping the "Powder" off of the pill to help with the taste, this does not work too much for this one, even if it is smaller. So what I do now, is take it with Mountain Dew, then drink Hot Sauce to kill the taste.

Tasting it INSIDE my throat is very...creepy. If I ever chewed this I think I would die.

I UNDERSTAND WHY BACTERIA DON'T LIKE IT!

I agree with the horrible taste and that it starts dissolving immediately in your mouth. I found putting the pill in a small amount of blackberry jam on a spoon(roll the pillin the jam to coat) and then put in mouth and immediately drink water to swallow has cured the horrible taste and helped the pill go down!

This was prescribed for my 4 year old granddaughter. We had to hold her down to give it to her. Then I tasted it and wow...will not give it to her again. Called the pharmacy and doctor to get another antibiotic. You cannot possibility expect a child to take this oral medication. Even the web says not to crush the tablets as they are very bitter, but a child is prescribed an oral dosage of this for 10 days?

My 19 year old daughter, who is intellectually disabled and has a terrible sinus infection, began taking cefuroxime axetil on Friday. So far she has promptly vomited every other dose. Now I understand why. Guess we'll be calling the doctor tomorrow for a new prescription. What a waste of money!!

My 7 month old infant is taking it. I tasted it and it's truly awful! I'm working up some baby food formulas to disguise the taste. My best one so far is a blend of banana + cooked blueberries with extra sweetener (natural sugar). I may try stevia or xylitol as well.

Our 13 month old has an ear infection/sinus infection that won't go away-- amoxycillin won't do the trick, so our ped Rx'ed ceftin. Our local pharmacy (as well as 4 others in the area!) didn't have ceftin as it has been recently reformulated, so our ped changed the Rx to cefdinir instead. Cefdinir has a MUCH better taste, and apparently it's all in the same family, so same effectiveness. In fact, I noticed a much more rapid change in her disposition with the cefdinir than the last time she took the ceftin for ear infection, but maybe just a coincidence...

I just started taking this for my pneumonia and I agree with everyone here. The taste is extremely terrible. The aftertaste is even worse than the initial taste and it lingers for a while. But I've found eating a bit of dark chocolate helps the icky taste to go away.

JM -- Thanks so much for the tip to use jam -- I tried it with a teaspoon of strawberry jam and it went right down with just a little bitter after-taste. The first pill I tried to take by itself actually stuck and dissolved in my throat, which is very unusual because I can normally swallow all kinds of pills no matter how big or hard to swallow. But when I tried it with the jam it went down much easier!

I would also suggest taking these with a dose of immodium -- I learned the hard way the side effects come immediately after the very first dose of this medication and I now take immodium each time and that seems to help. Otherwise, I'm already feeling much better -- these antibiotics seem to be clearing up my sinus infection quickly! I'm also adding a probiotic in between doses in an effort to avoid any other unpleasant side effects!

I have a terrible ear infection that has refused to respond to zinat. I just want to know if it works for fungal infections as well as bacterial?

PEOPLE'S PHARMACY RESPONSE: ZINAT (CEFUROXIME) IS ANTIBACTERIAL. IT IS NOT FOR FUNGAL INFECTIONS.

I was given this for a 2 year old and the pharmacy did not flavor it. I gave it to me child and she cried and drooled for 1 1/2 hours. I touched my finger to it and tasted it, and it was horrible!!!! My poor child swallowed a 3/4 tsp of it with no flavor. Now she is afraid to take anything at all. I will have the Dr. call something else in for her ear infection.

We have had the same experience with the taste of these pills. My son hates liquids more so we have always had to use pills. There are capsule shells you can buy at some pharmacies or I just took one of my husbands cinnamon capsules emptied the contents and place the pill inside it. Worked great!

I don't understand all the comments about bad taste. I take caplets with food twice a day. The pill goes down easily with NO TASTE AND THERE IS NO AFTER-TASTE.

I started taking this medicine for a sinus infection and started feeling much better by the second day. And I'm having no problems with stomach upset (now on day 6).

I have a sinus infection that wouldn't go away. I have been taking the pills for 4 days. I have no problem with the taste. The pill goes down easily. I'm taking 500 MG twice a day. I'm a little better but not as much as I'd hope for. The side effect I have is gas.

I have tried wrapping the pill in food, coating it in peanut butter or jam, crushing it and putting it in applesauce, mashed potatoes, and a smoothie. NOTHING can mask the taste of this drug and I vomit immediately after taking/attempting to take it. Antibiotics don't do any good if you can't keep them down. My next step is to try the gel-capsules around the caplet and if that doesn't work - I am calling my doctor for a new script. No one (adult or child) should be expected to swallow this.

Those of you who say this medication has no taste and you don't understand what all the fuss about it is must be taking the non-generic formulation (does anyone know if only the generic brand has the horrible taste?) or your taste buds are missing or malfunctioning. Usually I can find one spot on my tongue where I can tolerate the taste of a disgusting tasting medication, but not with this pill.

Believe me, I have had to take a lot of medication in my time and many of them were foul. Many thanks to the person who suggested coating the pill in jam... I am going to try that tonight when I take the pill. Even after I get the pills down a strange taste remains in my mouth all day. I can tolerate a bad taste when I am swallowing the pills. I am okay with that. But a bad taste that lingers all day on top of gastrointestinal upset is a bit much. I am going to continue to take the medication because everyone says it works. That's the most important thing, after all. It's just good to see that I am not the only one having a problem with 'after taste'.

Hi. When I swallow these awful pills I usually put a bit of juice in my mouth, then the pill, then chase with the rest of the juice. Works like a charm. Also I take it with CranApple juice seems to hide the taste the best... Maybe because cranberries have a much milder bitter taste and these pills are extremely bitter. Idk. But it works!

Awful taste and starting dissolving before I could get it down. I put it in a teaspoon of honey and it went right down with a water chaser. Also, it disguised the aftertaste. Hope this helps.

I'm taking 500MG of Cefuroxime Axetil 2x a day and haven't had a bitter or nasty taste. this is just day 1 ~ I am seeing some heartburn though.... :(

Rx for severe sinus infection. Cleared it up, but I have been experiencing painful neck spasms on my right side all week.

I've been taking this pill at 500mg twice a day for a while like many others. And I have to agree that its the worst taste I've ever experienced. I've been googling ways to make it taste less like vomit for an hour now... I'll try doing that jam thing... maybe covering it in peanut butter will work too. Heck, I'll just make a mini pb&j and swallow it whole. haha thanks guys.

I am a diabetic with one kidney and BPH. Why an ER doctor prescribed this for his diagnosis of an ear infection, I do not understand. I was in agony as it made my prostate medication ineffective and I had weak painful urination. After a specialist reversed the ER room diagnosis, I quit the medication. I took only three pills, but the side effects were agonizing. These side effects slowly declined after I stopped the medication, but lasted for about one week.

I am glad I am not alone in thinking this is the most horrible tasting medicine ever (search for that brought me here.) I am currently taking this med for a severe sinus infection and ear infection (with perforation to eardrum.) I would rather sit with ear pain than take this medicine... I find myself dreading it. It definitely gives me a stomach-ache and a few other side effects but it's the taste I have the hardest time dealing with. How crazy is that.... at least I don't have any more to take today lol. It does seem to be working though - 5 days to go.

I was prescribed this medication after a sinus infection would not go away. I agree with all the comments about the taste/after taste, also it leaves the "asparagus" effect also.. haha. My doctor is having me take it for an entire month and with a few days left I feel great. I can actually breath and thankfully I have a steel stomach, because I never felt nauseous at all. I have taken all the standard antibiotics and this finally worked.

I've been taking this med for my AOM (acute otitis media), for 500mg. I've not experienced bitter taste, horrible taste or after taste of any kind. I just put it into my mouth and swallow it down with water. Been taking this for 3 days. I'm allergic to penicillin, but surprisingly I don't have any allergic reaction to this med.. And my AOM have been improving well.

It's just that I feel weaker, giddy and headaches now and then. No abdominal pains. I got my meds from the hospital, not the local pharmacy.

I found the information very useful as I feel dreadful and made even more worrying because I am living in Cyprus and all information is in Greek. But it's reassuring to know I am not alone.

Believe it or not, the one who posted about peanut butter was right. I tried rolling it in a thin coat of peanut butter and swallowed it fast with coke. (Chewed a hand full of nuts afterward just to be on the safe side.) Never tasted a bad taste, neither before or after.

Ok. I am 21. Taking it for a severe tooth infection. 3 tries. 5 seconds before everything I ate was sitting in the trash can. I hesitate when swallowing. And even a second would be enough for me. This pill dissolves instantaneously. I can't take it.

Bitter taste but it goes down with a lot of water. I think it has improved my ongoing sinus infection. Since taking this I have had nothing but loose to watery bowel movements. Similar thing happened when I took a sulfa type antibiotic last spring for the same problem.

Went to my Dr for my chronic winter sinus infection that takes me to the Dr 3-5 times per winter and he went through my chart looking at all the antibiotics he has given me & I asked him what the last one he gave me was as I had not been to see him for a long time so it must have worked and we came up with this one. I was so sick that I could not taste anything so did not notice it.... at first. But as my sinusitis healed (this med really works) I began to taste it & had to discontinue use on day 8. The taste of it rivals a pill I used to have to take 30 years ago for my asthma. Nastiest taste I have ever tasted but it sure works!

Let me add that I have been experiencing, along with the nasty taste of this med, agonizing, screaming muscle cramps that last for more than one minute. And I am well hydrated. Something to do with the renal function thing.

I went to my doctor this morning and prescribed this drug. I am taking the generic. I noticed no taste at all, it was easy to take. But as bad as I felt, I could handle a bad taste if it made me feel better. It is 9 hours after taking the first dose and I am already feeling better. This drug works great! No bad taste at all.

This is my first antibiotic course as an adult. I have a chronic illness called ME or as it's wrongly called in the US Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. I have the most severe case, am bed and home bound and use a wheelchair.

I have been tested and have a lot of viral opportunistic infections and Aldo 4 different bacterial infections that play up taking turns. CpN is one of them, Chlamydia Pneumonia. Until now my body was too weak to withstand a antibiotic course, these are usually very long, for 2-3 years. The bacteria will die and cause toxins to be released in your blood which makes you very I'll.

Last week on top of all I got a sinus infection that was spreading to the bone behind and around my eyes. There was only one solution and that was to take antibiotics, my physician likes my input on things so he gave me the choice of 3 antibiotics, 2 had heart irregularities as side effects and my heart is affected with infection so I chose the other one which was Ceftin.

I don't have the problem of the bad taste, don't know if I have a generic version but my pills are light blue and have a sweet tasting coating. The second day I started to feel better, the horrible headache left me and my sinuses really start to loosen up. My course is for 30 days to start with and we 'pulse' with anti-fungal medication. 2-3 times a week because any antibiotic has as side effect that it can cause a yeast infection.

I have liver and kidney blood tests once every 2 weeks to make sire it's still working ok. I do get some kind of cramp / pain in the kidney area but with my illness it's sometimes hard to tell if it's a new symptom or a side effect.
I take a total of 29 supplements 3x a day and 4 different injections 2 times a day so I'm used to something.

Started taking on 3 days ago for a chronic sinus infection I've had for over a year (had cancer in my sinuses that has been gone for sometime, but the infection it caused never really cleared). I am taking 500mg 2x a day.

I haven't felt this well in my sinuses in years. I was able to smell again!

As far as taste goes, its bad, but tolerable. I usually eat it mid meal and take a big sip of water, pop in the pill and swallow. This way the pill never touches my tongue and there is water surrounding it at all times. The generic version I have is light blue and it sounds like its better according to other comments.

I haven't noticed it repeating on me, but I also eat a spicy diet so that probably masks the flavor as well (nurse recommended eating with strong flavors).

I took it for 6 days. After day 4 I had an unquenchable thirst. By day 6 I became dehydrated and confused and required treatment in the ER. It took a full week for the thirst to go away.

It did take care of the sinus infection, but it wasn't worth it.

It's a pill. I took it with some water. There's no taste. You want a "taste" experience? Castor Oil. A world of taste in a teaspoon. Much more significant information...Does it work for whatever? I have been diagnosed with bronchitis. Does it work? I'll let you know in ten days.

This is by far the most foul taste I have experienced. It almost seems unbearable as if the taste cannot actually be THAT bad unless it was from a bad batch. After researching though I have found that this medicine was actually put on the market with this flavor you are experiencing.

Seems hard to believe but it is true. I think I am going to try to switch to the non-generic brand in hopes that they could not get away with a flavor so horrible (seeing as nothing else I have ever heard of comes near this). Regardless, what we are all experiencing is indeed normal and we should all consider switching our pills to avoid a vomiting reaction.

Have been on this med (500mg) for about 5 days for acute bronchitis and sinus infection. Not really feeling much better with chest but sinus is clearing up. Took med with full meal 2x per day without ill effects. Sinuses so bad I can taste nothing. Lucky me. Will see the doc again tomorrow due to no improvement in chest.

I started this medication 5 days ago 500mg for a sinus infection. Feeling better but still a lot of (clear) mucus. Noticed on day 3 my stomach ache started along with a bad headache lasting 2 days. Stomach ache has steadily worsened to the point at which I have decided to discontinue taking it. Pain is unbearable. Have to stay immobile to not feel pain. I will not take this again.

This the most disgusting tasting pill I have ever taken. I took it at 7:30 this morning, it's about 5 at night and I can still taste the traces of it. I spit up while taking it and it dissolved in my throat. I have 8 more days to go.

I've been on Cefuroxime Axetil 250mg for about 5 days, It has a bad taste, but I take it with some warm sweet tea and the taste disappears right away.

I just started taking the medication and no aftertaste for me or anything. Now I am just waiting to see the reaction after taking it. Will post something later.

No aftertaste with the generic pill. I've had a sinus infection and taken several things but this is what actually worked for me. Second day and I am feeling so much better. No side effects.

I've taken Cefuroxime Axetil for 10 days and when I put some Sweet Tea in my Mouth and swallowed it together with the Pill I had no bad taste after-wards.

This medication not only tastes terrible, but I have lost my appetite, I feel dizzy and exhausted since I started taking it. Never again

Oh my gosh! I'm so glad I found this site for this medication. I thought I was just being silly about how quickly this huge horse pill dissolved on your tongue before you could swallow it... and how bitter it is going down.. not to mention that it stays in your mouth ALL day. I usually can take anything with no problem and usually size doesn't even matter but these pills (although I do feel much better!) are terrible to take! Yuck!

I have been diagnosed with lymes disease and have been on Cefuroxime axetil 500 mg 2x a day for the last week. I started to feel good for a few days and then began to get foggy headed. I feel a little out of it. When I don't take it I feel better. I do have body aches. No yeast infections so far.

I was diagnosed with Lyme a week ago today. Dr. prescribed Cefuroxime Axetil but also suggested I take a probiotic in between the 2 pills I had to take daily. Pharmacist recommended probiotic with 10 billion CFU 2 hours after taking antibiotic. Still have painful joints, bullseye rash is gone. I do have muscle cramping and a dry mouth.

I just took my first dose - 500mg white tab twice a day. I have a double ear infection, sinus infection and strep throat.

I have the generic version from CVS, and there is no bitter taste at all. It went down easily, just like any other pill.

There is a warning on my bottle that says "Diarrhea may occur weeks to months after taking drug. Call DR or RPH."

After everyone's warnings about diarrhea, I downed about six probiotic capsules after taking it. Hopefully that helps - I've always had really good luck with probiotics (they replace the good bacteria in your stomach - the good bacteria that the antibiotics kill along with the bad bacteria).

I'm so sorry for those of you who suffered with the taste... I have a generic, made by "Lupin Pharmaceutical" and took it about 6 hours ago. I haven't noticed any taste issue, when I took it as well as all evening...

Hopefully I'll feel better tomorrow.

I have been taking the medication for 4 days now. I do not have any bad taste with the pill but today I have had an unbearable pain in my right lower back. I have barely been able to move all day. Can anyone else tell me if this has been a problem for them?

I have Uti and my ob told me to take this for 1 week, 3 times a day, this is my first day and the taste is so bad, no choice but to take it because I don't want to have another Uti again... this is my 3rd attempt to treat my uti, first when I'm pregnant last year December 2010 and last month and again I have infection... hoping this time its gone for-ever..

I took one pill last night for sinus infection. Didn't notice any bad taste but about an hour after I took it had horrible headache and numbness in my sinus area on forehead felt really dry. I am not taking anymore of these pills.
October 2011

I have been taking this for ten days for an ear infection. Tastes bad but taken with food seems to go away quickly. My issue is a bad headache for the last four days and increased tinnitus and hypertension. Ear is better!!!

I was placed on this for sinus infection and skin infection 7 days ago. Have had migraine type headache since day 2. I am stopping the medication. Yes, the pill dissolves too quickly and the taste is horrendous.

Anyone taking this for skin issues?

I love this medicine. It is my medicine of choice so far. It has always cured my sinus infections. This round I am taking for bronchitis. I hope it clears it out cause I am tired of being sick. Does have bitter taste. But I roll in peanut butter and take with water. Can't taste it at all unless I burp. Bananas and yogurt are advised to take with this medicine cause it can cause muscle to cramp. I am use to taking white ceftin. But for some reason they are blue this time. Guess different company. Just my 2 cents.

Okay, thought I was crazy. I have been taking this for a sinus infection for about 7 days. The pills I have are small and don't have a terrible taste, but I have had headaches and stomach issues from these pills. I have had bad migraines for 3 days and the past two days I have had serious nausea, and stomach cramps that led to diarrhea. My sinus infection is a lot better, but not completely gone. I still have three days left of this pill, but I can't take the stomach pain anymore. I am calling the doctor in the morning to see if there is something else I can take!

Cefuroxime axetil. I have to say a dry mouth is not so bad as the nose being stuffed up for six weeks., tossing and turning not sleeping three days then sleeping eight hours then back to not sleeping. This drug made me feel sleepy and that was a great nite. Woke up nose running like a sink. About time! What a drug. I've been dealing with my nose sores and sinus problems for years. Over the counter drugs is like the bugs laugh at them. 2nd day and I am seeing some changes, mostly drainage, stuffyness off and on clear then stuffy again. Too early t tell but there are good signs so on with the days. Hope you all feel better. I can't wait.

I started this medicine a few days ago. I'm in China and the pill here is polished and smooth. There is no after taste and so far no side effects.

I started this medicine 7 days ago and have begun having problem urinating (restricted flow & some pain). Has anyone else experienced this problem after taking this drug?

this medicine is so bitter, I have a hard time giving it to my baby crying and closing her mouth it makes me taste it and till now I can still taste it... I hope the doc prescribe less bitter medicine for the kids I am not sure if she even know how it tastes!

I started this medication (generic version) yesterday for a bad sinus infection and have taken 3 pills so far. NO problem whatsoever with a bad taste. I can't understand how anyone could be bothered with a bad taste if you just swallow the pill down quickly with a big glass of water. The pill doesn't even touch your mouth. It's too soon to notice the positive results as antibiotics usually take 48 hours to have a noticeable effect. However, I have heard that this is an excellent antibiotic with very few side effects. That's good enough for me.

I was prescribed cefuroxime axetil for fluid behind my eardrums, I have had a buzzing, ringing in ears for 6 weeks with fullness in ears pain and sinus infection, I have 1 more day of meds to take, I do feel better, still have ringing and buzzing in ears but not as loud as before, Dr. said could take months before completely gone, I did not have any bad taste with this medicine, I took it twice a day with food and took it with a spoon of applesauce and it went right down, no side effects at all, I would recommend this medicine...

I started this medication (generic brand, Cefuroxime 500 mg) for a sinus infection and bronchitis. Feeling some better. I had an upset stomach yesterday after the first initial doses. I also haven't had any issues with a bad taste either.

I was sure I had strep, but tested negative. Dr. wasn't sure what this infection is and gave me ceftin to take. I felt better immediately. Don't taste it, as the pharmacy stressed to take with food and plenty of water.

I was having a blister in my right thigh and it got worse within 2 days. It became larger and hurt so much around it. So I had to go to see a doctor and he recommended me to take these pills for four days, with the time the pain went away, and the sore got cured. But now after 6 days, it means now, I'm having diarrhea for two days. I think that's because of that. I want to know is it normal or not..

I started it today & I am having tingling in hands, arms & leg. I would like to know if this is normal.

Only side effect is ZERO sleep....and I usually sleep well. Not with this pill.

Whatever you do, don't let the doctor give you this medicine in dissolvable powders!! Was like drinking a glass of bleach, went back today to ask them to change it to tablets, which taste pretty bad but with the taste still in my mouth from the chalky water yesterday, I'm happy with the tablets!!

I started taking penicillin for strep throat and on the first day I felt great, yesterday I took 2 doses and started to get a wet cough, a runny nose, and body aches what dos this mean?

Husband has been on this for 8 days for a sinus infection. 2 days ago he developed severe diarrhea which is still going on. Today he has a high fever, chills, joint pain, sensitive skin and severe kidney pain. We might be going to the ER in the morning if he's not better.

I've been taking this tab for 2 days now and I feel terrible! It has this yucky aftertaste and it is causing severe nausea and appetite issues. I don't think there's any drug worse than this!

I am taking this drug 1tab/500mg every 6hours, in combination with Clindamycin 300mg every 12 hours, due to Right Lower Lobe Pneumonia for 7 days. After 7 days, tremendous progress with CBC, it lowers my white blood cell count and did hit to normal range. The taste is not so good but as for me I can tolerate it well, I guess every individual has different reaction on this meds.

I would prefer branded cefuroxime than generic ones coz I guess it has a lesser side effects than a generic one.

I was told to continue my meds for an additional 10 days to clear up my lungs with the infiltration. Hope it works well,,,...

I just took this pill and I can't swallow ANY pills I'm like a child when it comes to taking pills do my husband cut it up and it was HORRIBLE! But he gave me a spoon of peanut butter and that helped right away. The nasty taste is gone.

Went to MD thinking I had strep throat. I could hardly swallow and maybe this pill prescribed was stuck in my esophagus because the supposed 'strep' became more like esophagitis -- VERY painful all the way to my gut. Couldn't comfortably even drink liquids. Took 4 days to feel any relief so I wouldn't say it is fast-acting. Didn't taste anything but bitter. Seems like if it had been strep, some relief would have come sooner.

I took 500mg for 10 days 2-day I have hep c and have stomach pain in liver area hope it goes away.

I have an ear infection and was prescribed Ceftin, but was given generic cefuroxime axetil 250mg tab. It is blue, oblong shaped, and has a 204 imprinted on it. I just took the third pill and I have not noticed a bad taste at all. I will say that I don't have trouble taking pills, so I swallow them pretty quickly. I am taking the pill with food and water. Not sure if it is helping yet. I read elsewhere that this particular antibiotic actually absorbs better when taken with food. The Doctor also had me take MucinexD to help with the fluid buildup behind the ear drum.

I started taking this today and, honestly, I can't feel any bad taste or anything. There are some really small pills, I took one of them with tea and one with milk and had no after taste whatsoever. Maybe they make them different in other countries...

I have been taking cefuroxime axetil 250 for 8 days now for a bad sinus infection, I couldn't get rid of. I feel a lot better, but just started with mouth blisters a few days ago. Had me worried until I checked into possible side effects! I'm glad I checked this out, only have 2 days left.

I want to know if safe to take while nursing? I was Rx it for bronchitis, but after the comments it adds to my hesitation about taking it and it's effects on my baby.

I have been on this for two days, I look like a blimp, and I think my kidneys are shutting down.. I am retaining all the fluid that I'm taking in !

PEOPLE'S PHARMACY RESPONSE: A concern about the kidneys should be brought to the doctor's attention right away!

Just took my first dose. Was apprehensive with all the comments on the horrible taste. I didn't have any aftertaste... Perhaps they have made some changes since some of these posts were from as far back as 2010. Hope I don't get this awful diarrhea and nausea so many are getting..

My son took this drug for tonsilitis (he is 24). He has never been so sick in his life. His ear, nose, and throat specialist prescribed it for him two separate times in succession, taking it for almost a month. He has severe intestinal problems now due to taking this drug! It has been about three weeks since he has taken it (and he also had surgery to remove his tonsils) and he still has intestinal problems... it seems never ending. Please be wary of this drug!

I started out taking Tamiflu and azithromycin 5day pak because they thought I had the flu then had chest X-ray and found I have pneumonia. They gave me Ceftin but got generic because insurance automatically has you use generic unless you specific. Doctor called in.

My symptoms are severe headache after first dose, dizziness, nausea agitated and really moody. Also dreaming really weird dreams. I am not sure if I can keep taking this drug. I feel sicker in some ways than when I went to the doctor. My fever has broken but I have such a terrible neck ache and headache at times that it is unbearable, I have found that if I take the Emergen C 1-2 packets with water... it does help with the headache. Makes me wonder if this drug depletes your body of salts and potassium. That's what is in emergen C and other vitamins and minerals. Also I have been taking 2 probiotics in morning like usual, but after reading this forum will probably double up on them so I don't have a stomach problem on top of everything else,

This drug feels like it is drying up my brain and sinuses so I guess I need to drink tons of water or get off of it. My generic pill is a smooth and white and haven't noticed any taste and feel for those who have... maybe that is the real drug.... I guess I would rather have a bad taste maybe than this severe headache. I may go get the non generic and see if the headache will cease if not will get doctor to prescribe a different drug or go to hospital.

@ 10:00 AM Thursday November 29, 2012 I received a fanny shot which I believe was penicillin, to take care of my post nasal drip and the spreading redness in my throat. I took my first pill @ 5:00. I do not remember any taste. I went off to my evening martial arts class.

About 7:45 it felt like someone had pulled my plug. I became woozy. My balance was shot. My vision became a muddy tan.
I felt drunk. I had a twelve mile drive home and managed to make it safely. Thank God.

In front of my computer I got chilled, so cold, in fact, it was nearly an hour before my bed felt even slightly warm.

Friday I took the morning pill and the evening pill. I ate nothing. No appetite at all. The same for Saturday.

Sunday I took the morning pill and decided "This is ridiculous." Still feeling drunk I drove a whole quarter mile to get a Sunday paper. It is now Sunday evening. My nose is still streaming like a faucet. An occasional blob of mucus sends me into coughing spasms.

Tomorrow I plan to call the doctor who set this stuff loose on me. I plan to return the balance of the Rx to him with instructions.

Remedy to bad taste... First, get lukewarm water in your mouth and hold it there. Next, tilt your head back and be ready to open your throat to release the water as soon as you drop the pill into your mouth. You shouldn't taste a thing. With this method I can swallow around 8 different pills without any problems. The water must be warmish or your throat will close down and keep your head back so that there is a straight shot down your throat.

Horrible, horrible taste! I can't tell if I am actually getting any better yet, 2 days on 500 x2 a day. Vomiting seems to be the issue at this stage. Urine flow not good either. Sleep is non- existent, less than 4 hours. Tomorrow I will go back to the Dr.

I started this drug five days ago for a sinus infection. Not a normal sinus infection, but one that has affected my tubes for some time. I got a yeast infection the second day. It was mild so I ate yogurt. By day three my skin around my urethra was sore and seemed infected so I read that I should avoid perfumed soaps and body wash. I bought a otc vaginal yeast infection cream. DY seven of mh fourteen it hurts a little to pee. Going in soon. Sinuses have improved a little but nothing amazing.

Started taking cefuroxime axetil 250mg 2x’s a day for a bad sinus infection. I am starting my third day dosage now. Pill is oval, white, and shiny with the word lupin on one side and the number 302 on the other. I have had no problem with flavor. One of the 4 pills I already took I left in my mouth too long and yes it was not tasty but it was tolerable. I know I should have swallowed it sooner, if I had had my drink ready, popped the pill and swallowed immediately it would have been fine.

Now, I just tasted the 5th pill, they do start dissolving quickly and even with a fizzy pill in my mouth the taste is not that horrible. I do expect different people have different tolerance levels. I know my taste buds work well, however I am 5 days into a bad sinus infection which may have temporarily impaired my sense of smell ‘hence my sense of taste may be impaired, too. After saying all this unless there is a side effect, taste shouldn’t be an issue, just make sure it is swallowed quickly and not allowed to stay in the mouth where it will start to dissolve! On the flip side if this is being given to a child you may want to do the gel capsule "trick" to cover the outside of the pill as children do not take to swallowing pills easily until they have had some practice (hopefully not).

See my previous comment for initial info.
I did intend on saying that after 2 days on the dosage aforementioned I have noticed the infection seems to be clearing up (the mucus is less discolored and thinner). I am also taking Mucinex (the blue box, listed as Expectorant) which helps get the infected mucus loosened up. I can only hope by the time the 10 day dosage is done I am completely better! Fortunately I am not having any side effects.

I have been on ceftin for a week now. does anyone else experience extreme tiredness?

Yes, Been on this now for 3 days. I also feel like I'm in a fog and lethargic. Timing is terrible because of work pressures this week. Weird, lucid dreams as well.

I'm taking the generic tablets made by Lupin. They slide right down with no bad taste because they seem to have a coated finish. Not dry and powdery.

Took Ceftin for a really bad sinus infection caused ringing and buzzing in ears for 3 months. Getting really tired of it. Will not take this medication again due to ringing in the ears.

Thanks a lot I learned more about this drug here. Well, I am taking this medicine orally for 2 days now twice a day for 4 more days. Initially 4days ago in a hospital the iv version was injected to me twice a day which improved my gerd r/o cholecytitis. That was the doctor's diagnosis. But taking this drug orally gave me problems like severe diarrhea, vomiting and dizziness. I am taking this med for 4 more days and I hope my condition improves including the side effects.

Horrible taste!! I put the large pill wrapped in peanut butter at the back of my tongue and drink water quickly to down it, works! My complaint is
pain in my chest and throat afterwards. I was given a 14 day course of treatment for sinus infection which possibly caused a 2 to 3 second bout of double vision which has not reoccurred. A cat scan is scheduled and then a doctor's visit. I have 3 more days to go on the antibiotic, but am
calling tomorrow to see if I can stop. I have Gerd and think it has caused an attack. Taking a bit of banana has helped the chest pain. I don't think I want to ever take this again!!

I was given ceftin for a sinus infection at first I thought it was working but after the 4th or 5th day I started developing chest pains and a headache. My body has been through a hell on this medication including dizziness and confusion. Never taking this shit again. The side effects are worse then the infection for me.

I took this for 10 days for a Respiratory Infection and Bronchitis. My side effects included confusion, irritability, vaginal itch, tiredness and not being hungry. However the pharmacist said to eat something when taking pill for better absorption, so I ate anyway. My throat was so sore from coughing, prior to starting this medication, I could barely eat, much less swallow my tiny allergy pill. The doctor prescribed Albuterol Sulfate-inhaler, which I used 10 minutes before swallowing my pill.

I swallowed these pills with pink lemonade (w/sugar) and did notice some bad taste, but nothing really bad. Dropping the pill down the back of the throat to swallow it (my usual technique for taking pills) helped too. Called my pharmacist for a list of side effects. There is also a fairly complete list of side effects on the WebMD website.

Im having the same side effects like you (severe diarrhea, vomiting and dizziness). The side effects seems worse than the infection & i dont think I want to continue this pill for another 2 days more.

Prescribed generic Ceftin for bronchitis. Didn't notice any bad taste, but after day two, abdominal pain, gassiness and diarrhea. Dizziness, fast heart beat. Bronchitis has cleared for the most part after 3 weeks, off Ceftin for two days now, but side effects still linger.

I started generic Cefuroxime Axetil 500 mg. twice a day (hard slick oblong tablet, no bad taste) 10 days ago for a probable sinus infection. No bad taste or side effects until day 8 when I was awakened in the wee hours by some itching on my ankles and calves.

Since it is extremely cold now, with no humidity, I assumed dry skin was the problem. Day 9 brought itching to the thighs and a little in the groin area, and by day 10 the itching had moved upward to include lower chest area, but the ankles and calves didn't itch anymore... go figure... Day 10 I took final the final dose.

Today, which is day 11 my groin, chest armpits and lower and middle back all have a rash and itch quite a bit! I sincerely hope that this starts to get better now that I am no longer taking the medicine! I also have experienced sleeping problems in the past few days, but I don't know whether to attribute them to the Cefuroxime Axetil or simply the itching.

I rarely slept over 40 minutes at a time for these past 3 nights; never slept enough to get to a dream state, so I am really tired all the time now.

I've been taking this for 3 days now, the first day I was fine, then last night my mouth was so dry and my tongue felt really weird, & I was so sick in the stomach that I had to go to sleep it was just too intense! I woke up this morning and took my daily medications and a few minutes later I felt the stomach pains again, and I hadn't even taken the ceftin yet! My tongue hurt all day today then around 5 I took the ceftin again and ever since my stomach has hurt to the point where it's unbearable! And my tongue feels like its raw! Not finishing this prescription!! No way.

I have just been prescribed this med for 42 days.....wtf! I have seen 10-14 days as a max so far on here....but 42 days? Just took my first one this morning and before I seen this I did notice the pill got stuck and it did start dissolving quickly. I am taking it for sinus issues I am having. After 42 days of taking this I shouldn't have germ 1 in me lol.

After taking my first dose of this medication, even though after eating a large meal, my stomach and associated bloating started and have not stopped since. Continued with it, thinking I was getting the stomach flu. Took two more doses. My symptoms worsened after each dose. At this point (day 3), I called my Dr. He told me to stop taking it. That was Friday. It is now Tuesday evening and the symptoms continue, along with bouts of extreme tiredness and weakness. Have read that side effects from this medication can continue long after it is stopped. Hope they do soon, as can hardly stand it any more! By the way, originally took it for a sinus infection that hadn't been completely cleared up by Amoxicillon. I'd rather deal with the sinus issues than the intestinal issues from this medication!

I have not experienced any bad taste with a generic version. It's important to realize that multiple companies make this medication, including Apotex, Lupin, and others. Their formulations may differ from each other and may change over time.

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