More Answers on Cefuroxime Axetil
Drug InteractionsCefuroxime axetil can potentially interact with a few other medications (see Drug Interactions With Cefuroxime Axetil).
What If I Take an Overdose of Cefuroxime Axetil?An overdose with this medication may cause problems such as seizures. If you happen to overdose on cefuroxime axetil, seek immediate medical attention.
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What Should I Do If I Miss a Dose?If you forget to take your dose, take your missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, simply skip the missed dose and continue with your regular schedule. Do not take a double dose of the medication. It is important to try to take this medication as scheduled to avoid the development of antibiotic resistance.
How Does Cefuroxime Axetil Work?Cefuroxime axetil is a cephalosporin antibiotic. Cephalosporins are part of a larger group of medications known as beta-lactam antibiotics (named after the ring-like "lactam" structure of these antibiotics). Cefuroxime axetil works by stopping bacteria from making cell walls, which eventually causes the bacteria to die. Cephalosporins are related to penicillins.
Cefuroxime axetil is a prodrug, which means that the body converts cefuroxime axetil into its active form (cefuroxime). Cefuroxime by itself is used as an injectable antibiotic, but it is not absorbed into the bloodstream well when taken in an oral form. However, slightly changing its chemical structure (to turn it into cefuroxime axetil) improves the absorption of the medication into the bloodstream so it can be taken orally.