More Info on Cefuroxime Axetil's Indications

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. This means that the body converts the medication (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.

Can Children Use It?

Cefuroxime axetil is approved for use in children as young as three months old. Talk with your healthcare provider about the benefits and risks of using cefuroxime axetil in children.

Are There Off-Label Uses for Cefuroxime Axetil?

On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend cefuroxime axetil for something other than treating the infections discussed in this article (this would be known as an "off-label" use). Cefuroxime axetil is used off-label to treat other types of infections, particularly if they are caused by bacteria that are susceptible to cefuroxime axetil. Also, using this medication to prevent (instead of treat) any type of infection is considered an off-label use.
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