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Ceftum is used for treating bacterial infections (sinus, skin, lung, urinary tract, ear, and throat). It may also be used to treat Lyme disease and gonorrhea. Ceftin is a cephalosporin antibiotic. It works by interfering with the formation of the bacteria's cell wall so that the wall ruptures, resulting in the death of the bacteria.

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Altacef, Cefakind, Ceftin, Cefuroxime, Oratil, Pulmocef, Stafcure, Supacef, Zinacef, Zocef

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Ceftum eye drops and eye ointment are used to treat bacterial eye infections. Eye infections are a common cause of conjunctivitis. In conjunctivitis, your eye becomes inflamed, feels gritty, and may water more than usual. The white of your eye may look red, and your eyelids can become swollen and stuck together with a discharge when you wake up in the morning. Only one eye may be infected to begin with, but it often spreads to both eyes.

Most cases of infective conjunctivitis clear within a few days without treatment. For more severe infections, or for infections which do not clear on their own, an antibiotic eye drop or ointment such as Ceftum can be helpful.

Ceftum works by helping to kill the bacteria which are causing the infection. It is available on prescription. You can also buy the drops and the ointment from a pharmacy, without a prescription, if it is for conjunctivitis in an adult or a child over 2 years of age. Do not use Ceftum eye drops or ointment for a child under 2 years old, unless it has been prescribed by a doctor.

Dosage

Take this medication exactly as it was prescribed for you. Do not take the medication in larger amounts, or take it for longer than recommended by your doctor. Follow the directions on your prescription label.

You may take Ceftum tablets with or without meals.

Ceftum oral suspension (liquid) must be taken with food.

Shake the oral liquid well just before you measure a dose. To be sure you get the correct dose, measure the liquid with a marked measuring spoon or medicine cup, not with a regular table spoon. If you do not have a dose-measuring device, ask your pharmacist for one.

If you switch from using the tablet form to using the oral suspension (liquid) form of Ceftum, you may not need to use the same exact dosage in number of milligrams. The medication may not be as effective unless you use the exact form and strength your doctor has prescribed.

Use this medication for the entire length of time prescribed by your doctor. Your symptoms may get better before the infection is completely treated. Ceftum will not treat a viral infection such as the common cold or flu.

This medication can cause you to have false results with certain medical tests, including urine glucose (sugar) tests. Tell any doctor who treats you that you are using Ceftum.

Overdose

Seek emergency medical attention if you think you have used too much of this medicine. Overdose symptoms may include seizure (black-out or convulsions).

Storage

Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F) away from moisture and heat. Keep container tightly closed. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date. Keep out of the reach of children.

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Side effect occurrence does not only depend on medication you are taking, but also on your overall health and other factors.

Contraindications

Contact your doctor right away if stomach pain or cramps, severe diarrhea, or bloody stools occur during treatment or within several months after treatment with Ceftum. Do not treat diarrhea without first checking with your doctor.

The tablet and oral suspension forms of Ceftum are not equivalent. Do not substitute one for the other.

Ceftum only works against bacteria; it does not treat viral infections (eg, the common cold).

Be sure to use Ceftum for the full course of treatment. If you do not, the medicine may not clear up your infection completely. The bacteria could also become less sensitive to this or other medicines. This could make the infection harder to treat in the future.

Long-term or repeated use of Ceftum may cause a second infection. Tell your doctor if signs of a second infection occur. Your medicine may need to be changed to treat this.

Diabetes patients - Ceftum may cause the results of some tests for urine glucose to be wrong. Ask your doctor before you change your diet or the dose of your diabetes medicine.

Hormonal birth control (eg, birth control pills) may not work as well while you are using Ceftum. To prevent pregnancy, use an extra form of birth control (eg, condoms).

Lab tests, including liver function, kidney function, and complete blood cell count, may be performed while you use Ceftum. These tests may be used to monitor your condition or check for side effects. Be sure to keep all doctor and lab appointments.

Ceftum should not be used in children younger 3 months; safety and effectiveness in these children have not been confirmed.

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using Ceftum while you are pregnant. Ceftum is found in breast milk. Do not breastfeed while taking Ceftum.

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Of 1045 patients, 589 were evaluable for efficacy. At baseline, most patients had moderate or severe cough and sputum production as well as rhonchi, wheezing, and dyspnea. The microbiologic eradication rates by pathogen were 90% with once-daily cefdinir, 85% with twice-daily cefdinir, and 88% with twice-daily cefuroxime. The corresponding values for microbiologic eradication rate by patient were 90% (once-daily cefdinir), 85% (twice-daily cefdinir), and 86% (twice-daily cefuroxime). The respective clinical response rates by patient were 81%, 74%, and 80%. There were no significant differences in the incidence of drug-related adverse events or discontinuations due to adverse events. Diarrhea was the most frequent complaint.

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SDCAP and SDCAGA showed improved solubility and dissolution profiles owing to amorphization and formation of solid dispersions with hydrophilic carriers. The improved stability of amorphous CA in solid dispersions compared to ACA alone was attributed to hydrogen bonding interactions involving the amide of CA with the carbonyl of polyvinyl pyrrolidone in SDCAP, whereas in SDCAGA the interactions were at multiple sites involving the amide and carbonyl of CA with the carbonyl and hydroxyl of Gelucire 50/13. However, SDCAGA showed superior bioavailability compared to SDCAP, ACA and CA.

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One hundred two subjects with immediate reactions to cephalosporins and positive skin test results to the responsible drugs underwent serum specific IgE assays with cefaclor and skin tests with different cephalosporins. Subjects were classified in 4 groups: group A, positive responses to 1 or more of ceftriaxone, cefuroxime, cefotaxime, cefepime, cefodizime, and ceftazidime; group B, positive responses to aminocephalosporins; group C, positive responses to cephalosporins other than those belonging to the aforementioned groups; and group D, positive responses to cephalosporins belonging to 2 different groups. Group A subjects underwent challenges with cefaclor, cefazolin, and ceftibuten; group B participants underwent challenges with cefuroxime axetil, ceftriaxone, cefazolin, and ceftibuten; and group C and D subjects underwent challenges with some of the aforementioned cephalosporins selected on the basis of their patterns of positivity.

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A few antibiotics (i.e. metronidazole, clindamycin and ciprofloxacin) are available in both parenteral and oral formulations, and have good bioavailability, ensuring equivalent systemic drug concentrations. During a 4-year period subsequent to the initiation of a parenteral to oral (IV-PO) stepdown programme for metronidazole and clindamycin, Vancouver General Hospital saved approximately $C85 000. However, many parenteral antibacterials lack an oral formulation, requiring oral stepdown to a different antibacterial with a similar spectrum of activity. Alternatively, the oral formulation of a parenteral antibacterial may have poor bioavailability (i.e. cefuroxime axetil, ampicillin, cloxacillin, erythromycin, and tetracycline) and it is not possible to maintain equivalent systemic drug concentrations. While rigid criteria are not applicable to all clinical scenarios, the general criteria for oral stepdown include the following: the patient 1) continues to need an antibiotic; 2) is clinically stable; 3) is capable of tolerating the oral dosage form; and 4) has no factors present (e.g. gastrointestinal abnormalities or drug interactions) that would adversely affect oral bioavailability. A review of subsequent IV-PO stepdown programmes at Vancouver General Hospital revealed that 1) not all patients receiving parenteral therapy are candidates for oral stepdown; 2) oral stepdown is delayed in a large proportion of treatment courses; 3) oral stepdown is not occurring in many patients for whom it is deemed appropriate; and 4) in a very few treatment courses stepdown may occur prematurely and may contribute to clinical deterioration.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)

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Oral cephalosporins, after 25 years of use, continue to present the clinician with a therapeutic challenge. The older agents have been extensively prescribed for ambulatory adult and pediatric patients with a wide variety of infections caused by gram-positive and some gram-negative organisms. The newer agents, cefaclor, cefuroxime axetil, and cefixime, have increased in vitro activity against beta-lactamase-secreting strains of Haemophilus influenzae and Branhamella catarrhalis which has made them more popular for the treatment of otitis media and respiratory tract infections in children. The new agents are also more active against most gram-negative organisms. However, clinical trials have failed to show a clear-cut superiority over older, proven therapy when used to treat infections of the respiratory tract, middle ear, skin and soft tissue, urinary tract, and bone and joints when caused by sensitive organisms. Published reports of clinical trials continue to support the recommendation that oral cephalosporins, especially the newer and more expensive agents, be reserved for second- or third-line therapy when amoxicillin, penicillin V, or trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole have either failed or produced patient intolerance. Erythromycin/sulfisoxazole and amoxicillin/clavulanate potassium are equally efficacious and also less expensive than cefaclor, cefuroxime axetil, and cefixime and could be considered second-line therapy prior to the use of the newer cephalosporins for infections in the ambulatory patient.

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To present a predictive model of allergenicity based on a structure-activity relationship analysis of beta-lactam antibiotics using appropriate skin testing procedures.

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This trial compared the efficacy and safety of a 10-day treatment course of cefaclor and cefuroxime axetil in the treatment of acute otitis media with effusion in children who failed therapy with amoxicillin. This was an investigator-blind, randomized, parallel treatment group study. To be included, patients must have received treatment with a standard clinical regimen of amoxicillin for at least 48 hours and not more than 10 days, with the last dose within 72 hours of randomization. Patients who met the entry criteria were randomly assigned to one of two antibiotic treatment groups. Cefaclor and cefuroxime axetil suspensions were administered twice daily for a total daily dose of 40 mg/kg and 30 mg/kg, respectively. Physical examination, pneumatic otoscopy and tympanogram were performed to evaluate efficacy to therapy. Therapeutic equivalence was established by ruling out a difference (cefaclor minus cefuroxime axetil) of 15% in percentages of clinical success (cure plus improvement). Safety evaluation was performed by assessment of clinical adverse events. In the intent-to-treat analysis post-therapy (1-6 days after completion of therapy), 96 of 104 (92.3%) cefaclor-treated patients had clinical success compared to 90 of 101 (89.1%) cefuroxime axetil patients. The 95% confidence limits on the difference between proportions of favorable outcomes (cefaclor minus cefuroxime axetil) was from -4.8% to +11.2%. At termination of the study (day 10-16 after completion of therapy), 86 of 104 (82.7%) cefaclor patients and 84 of 101 (83.2%) cefuroxime axetil patients had favorable clinical outcomes (95% confidence interval: -10.8% to +9.9%). Thirty-two (30.8%) of the 104 patients in the cefaclor treatment group reported at least one adverse event, with rhinitis reported in 9 (8.7%) patients and cough increased in 7 (6.7%) patients. Thirty-six (35.6%) of the 101 patients in the cefuroxime axetil treatment group reported at least one event, with diarrhea reported in 11 (10.9%) of patients and rhinitis in 10 (9.9%) patients. Cefaclor and cefuroxime axetil were equally effective in the treatment of patients with acute otitis media with effusion who had failed therapy with amoxicillin. Significantly fewer patients treated with cefaclor reported diarrhea, which is the most frequently reported adverse event in children treated with antibiotics for this disease.

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Toxic epidermal necrolysis (TEN) is one of the most threatening adverse reactions to various drugs. No case of concomitant occurrence TEN and severe granulocytopenia following the treatment with cefuroxime has been reported to date. Herein we present a case of TEN that developed eighteen days of the initiation of cefuroxime axetil therapy for urinary tract infection in a 73-year-old woman with chronic renal failure and no previous history of allergic diathesis. The condition was associated with severe granulocytopenia and followed by gastrointestinal hemorrhage, severe sepsis and multiple organ failure syndrome development. Despite intensive medical treatment the patient died. The present report underlines the potential of cefuroxime to simultaneously induce life threatening adverse effects such as TEN and severe granulocytopenia. Further on, because the patient was also taking furosemide for chronic renal failure, the possible unfavorable interactions between the two drugs could be hypothesized. Therefore, awareness of the possible drug interaction is necessary, especially when given in conditions of their altered pharmacokinetics as in case of chronic renal failure.

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In a prospective, multicenter, double-blind study, the interval to clinical relapse in patients with acute bacterial exacerbations of chronic bronchitis from whom a pretherapy pathogen was isolated was compared following treatment with ciprofloxacin or cefuroxime axetil. Clinical and microbiological responses at the end of therapy were secondary efficacy variables. Outpatients randomly received either ciprofloxacin or cefuroxime axetil (500 mg twice a day Ditrim Antibiotics for 14 days). Three hundred seven patients with acute exacerbations of chronic bronchitis were enrolled, of whom 208 had an exacerbation due to a bacterial pathogen. Clinical resolution at the end of ciprofloxacin and cefuroxime axetil therapy for patients for whom efficacy could be evaluated was 93% and 90%, respectively. Bacteriologic eradication rates were statistically higher for ciprofloxacin recipients (96% [89 of 93]) than for cefuroxime axetil recipients (82% [80 of 97]) (P < .01). The median infection-free interval was 146 days for ciprofloxacin recipients vs. 178 days for cefuroxime axetil recipients (P = .37). In conclusion, ciprofloxacin was associated with an infection-free interval and clinical response that were similar to those associated with cefuroxime axetil, but the bacteriologic eradication rate associated with ciprofloxacin was statistically significantly higher than that associated with cefuroxime axetil.

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In a large multinational study, the clinical and bacteriological efficacy of intravenous cefuroxime 750 mg t.i.d. followed by oral cefuroxime axetil 500 mg b.i.d. was compared to that of amoxicillin plus clavulanic acid (CA) administered as 1.2 g intravenously t.i.d. followed by 625 mg orally t.i.d. in the treatment of lower respiratory tract infections in hospitalised patients. A total of 512 patients were entered (256 in each treatment group). All were suffering from pneumonia or acute exacerbations of chronic Levomax Medicine bronchitis or bronchiectasis and required initial parenteral antibiotic therapy. Parenteral therapy lasted 48 to 72 h and was followed by five days of oral therapy. The clinical responses in the two treatment groups were very similar: 223 of 256 (87.1%) patients were cured or improved with cefuroxime/cefuroxime axetil compared to 220 of 256 (85.9%) with amoxicillin/CA. Positive pre-treatment sputum samples were obtained from 44% of the patients. Clearance rates obtained were again similar: 72.8% with cefuroxime/cefuroxime axetil and 70% with amoxicillin/CA. Ten percent of the isolates were beta-lactamase producers, similar numbers of which were cleared in both groups. Both regimens were generally well tolerated, with only 5% of patients treated with the cefuroxime regimen and 4.3% of patients treated with amoxicillin/CA experiencing drug-related adverse events. Cefuroxime/cefuroxime axetil "follow-on" therapy produces clinical and bacteriological efficacy equivalent to that of amoxicillin/CA, with the advantage of twice daily oral administration.

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No significant differences were identified between doxycycline and cefuroxime axetil in the treatment of European patients with erythema migrans. The frequency of nonspecific symptoms Cefpodoxime 400 Mg in patients did not exceed that of a control group at > or =6 months after enrollment. We advocate inclusion of appropriate non-Lyme disease control groups in future studies in which nonspecific subjective symptoms are assessed after antibiotic therapy.

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Cefuroxime axetil is a cefuroxime ester that can be administered Cefadroxil Tablets 500mg Uses by mouth. Two dosage forms (tablets and granules) have been developed for oral administration. We evaluated the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of these forms in an open cross-over study involving 12 healthy volunteers receiving single doses of 250 mg. The bioavailability of the two forms was different, the observed peak concentration and time-concentration curve values of the tablet form being, respectively, 39 and 27% higher than those of the granule form. However, ex vivo studies of serum bactericidal activity against Streptococcus pneumoniae showed no significant differences between the two formulations. This is in keeping with the fact that the bactericidal activity of samples from only six subjects gave evaluable data for Haemophilus influenzae; although small differences were found between the two formulations, further investigations are required. The pharmacodynamic approach is becoming an essential element in determining the equivalence of antibiotic dosage forms.

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Cefuroxime axetil 250 mg twice daily and amoxycillin 250 mg three times daily were compared in an investigator-blind, randomised, parallel group, multicentre study of acute or acute-on-chronic bronchitis. The two compounds had broadly similar efficacy. Analysis of patients on an intention-to-treat basis 24-72 hours after completion of the course of study medication showed that amoxycillin afforded clinical cure or improvement in 123/153 (80.4%) of patients and cefuroxime axetil in 109/143 (76.2%). This result was not significantly different, but the amoxycillin cure rate was not sustained and there were significantly more clinical relapses during the 4-week follow-up period following the end of treatment. Only 4/68 (5.9%) of patients receiving cefuroxime axetil relapsed and required further treatment, whereas 16/77 (20.8%) of those receiving amoxycillin needed further treatment (P = 0.016). These were all patients who had initially responded to treatment and had been adjudged clinically cured or improved. The significant difference in relapse rates suggests that the apparent clinical success with amoxycillin was not sustained. There were no differences between the two treatments in the numbers of patients experiencing adverse events, which were generally mild and transient.

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Oral penicillin V given three times daily in doses of 50,000-100,000 IU daily has been the standard treatment for tonsillopharyngitis for the last few decades. These regimens, initially recommended by the American Heart Association, were extrapolated from i.v. dosing with long-acting forms of penicillin which had been shown to prevent post-streptococcal sequelae. More recently, several antibiotics, including cefuroxime axetil, have been shown to be at least as effective as penicillin G in eradicating group A beta-haemolytic streptococci (GABHS) but their influence on post-streptococcal sequelae has never been assessed in a large-scale trial. The German Society for Pediatric Infectious Diseases (DGPI) undertook a large study of culture-proven tonsillopharyngitis involving several agents and included a 1 year follow-up to establish the effect on sequelae. In one arm of this study, cefuroxime 250 mg bid was compared with 50,000 IU penicillin V given in three divided doses. Cefuroxime axetil was more effective than oral penicillin V in eradicating GABHS at the assessment 2-4 days post-treatment (441/490 (90%) patients versus 1196/1422 (84%) patients; P = 0.001). Clinically, the two agents were equivalent in efficacy, and carriage rates were similar (11.1% and 13.8%, respectively) in patients receiving cefuroxime axetil and penicillin V, 7-8 weeks post-treatment. One case of glomerular nephritis occurred in a patient given penicillin V. There were no post-streptococcal sequelae confirmed for patients treated with cefuroxime axetil. The findings confirm the previously reported efficacy of short-course (4-5 day) treatments with cefuroxime axetil and indicate that short-course treatment is comparable to the standard oral penicillin V regimen in preventing post-streptococcal sequelae.

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614 AE-COPD were treated in 441 patients over 2 years (mean age 66.7 +/- 8.3 years, 98% males, mean forced expiratory volume in 1 second [FEV(1)] 35.9 +/- 8.8%). Mean time to recovery overall was 4.6 days (SD 3.3) with moxifloxacin 400 mg/day for 5 days, and 5.8 days (SD 4.6) with comparators (p < 0.01), which were most frequently amoxicillin/clavulanic acid 500/125mg/8h, clarithromycin 500mg/12h and cefuroxime axetil 500mg/12h for 7-10 days. Longitudinal analysis showed that 27 patients treated with moxifloxacin in the second year of the study recovered in a mean of 3.7 days (SD 3.1), and the same patients treated with comparator antimicrobials in year one recovered in a mean of 6.8 days (SD 4.6) [p = 0.02]. In contrast, in 66 patients treated with comparator antimicrobials in both years, mean time to recovery was 7.4 days (SD 7.3) in year one and 5.5 days (SD 3.5) in year two (p = 0.24). All subgroup analyses showed a statistically significant reduction of 18-25% in time to recovery with moxifloxacin compared with other antibiotics.