Ceftin is a second generation cephalosporin antibiotic. This medicine is used to treat many kinds of bacterial infections. It can used to treat mild to moderate bacterial infections. It works only against bacteria and does not help with common cold or flu caused by a virus.
Composition of Ceftin
This medicine is a semisynthetic, cephalosporin antibacterial drug used for oral administration. Ceftin`s chemical name is cefuroxime axetil is (RS)-1- hydroxyethyl (6R, 7R)-7-[2-(2-furyl) glyoxyl-amido]-3-(hydroxymethyl)-8-oxo-5-thia-1- azabicyclo[4.2.0]-oct-2-ene-2-carboxylate, 1-acetate 3-carbamate, 72-(Z)-(O-methyl-oxime).
Uses of Ceftin
Ceftin is used for a number of bacterial infections, such as tonsillitis, otitis media, throat infection, laryngitis, bronchitis, sinusitis, pneumonia and gonorrhea. Apart from these infections it is also used to treat Lyme disease, impetigo and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
Side- Effects of Ceftin
There are various types of side effects of ceftin. In case you see any signs of an allergic reaction please get medical help immediately. Signs such as difficulty in breathing, hives, swelling of your face, lips, tongue or throat. Some of the other serious side effects are:
- Fever, body aches, flu symptoms, chills
- Unusual bleeding
- Pale or yellowed skin
- Dark colored urine
- Confusion or weakness
- Sore throat, headache, severe blistering, peeling
- Red skin rash
- Bruising, numbness, pain, muscle weakness
- Urinating less than usual
- Painful or difficulty in urination
- Increased thirst
- Loss of appetite, swelling
- Weight gain
- Short of breath
Apart from the side effects listed above, there can be less serious ones which may include, nausea, stomach pain, vomiting, stomach pain, gas, upset stomach, muscle pain, joint pain, swelling, feeling restless, hyperactive, white patches, sores inside the mouth, diaper rash in an infant, mild itching, vaginal itching or discharge in case of women.
Contraindications of Ceftin
It is not advised to take this medicine if you are allergic to ceftin or any other similar antibiotics. Let your doctor know if you are allergic to any drugs, or if you have liver or kidney diseases, diabetes, intestinal problems or if you are malnourished. It can also make birth control pills less effective for women, resulting in pregnancy. It is also advised not to use any other medications to suppress the side effects unless advised by the doctor. Limit alcoholic beverages, do not drive or use machinery which requires alertness, because this medicine will make you feel dizzy or drowsy. The elderly are more sensitive to its effects, hence one need to be more cautious.
Pregnancy and Ceftin
The effect of this medicine during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. However, it is considered safe to be used during pregnancy. It is known that this medication passes into breast milk hence it is always advisable that you let your doctor know immediately if you are pregnant or planning to get pregnant.