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Cefzil is licensed to treat numerous bacterial infections, such as strep throat, ear infections, or sinus infections. This antibiotic is available by prescription only and works by disrupting the formation of cell walls in certain bacteria. There are also some occasions in which a healthcare provider may prescribe Cefzil for unapproved uses, such as treating or preventing other types of infections.
Cefzil® (cefprozil) is a prescription antibiotic used to treat a variety of different infections. It is taken by mouth, and can be used by adults and children as young as two months old.
Cefzil is approved for treating the following types of infections:
- Ear infections
- Pharyngitis ("strep throat") and tonsillitis
- Sinus infections
- Skin and skin structure infections.
Cefzil is approved for treating these infections only when they are caused by certain types of bacteria. Not all bacteria will respond to this drug.
Also, bacteria have different resistance patterns in different regions in the country. This means that some bacteria may be susceptible to Cefzil in certain parts of the country but not in others. This medication is completely ineffective for treating viral illnesses, such as the common cold or the flu.
In some situations, your healthcare provider may perform certain tests to see if your particular infection is susceptible or resistant to Cefzil. In other situations, your healthcare provider may decide to try the drug without such tests, especially for infections that are not severe.
Cefzil 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 drugs. Cefzil works by stopping bacteria from making cell walls, which eventually causes the bacteria to die. Cephalosporins are related to penicillin medications.