Cefprozil

Description

Cefprozil is a broad-spectrum antibiotic used to treat a variety of bacterial infections including skin and skin structure infections, respiratory tract infections, urinary tract infections, etc. This medicine is not recommended for use in case of a common cold, flu, or other viral infections since it is active against infections caused by certain bacterial species only.

Side effects

Major & minor side effects for Cefprozil

  • Chest pain
  • Cough
  • Diarrhea
  • Shortness of breath
  • Unusual tiredness or weakness
  • Difficult or painful urination
  • Lower back or side pain
  • Loss of appetite
  • Fast heartbeat

Uses of Cefprozil

What is it prescribed for?

  • Pharyngitis/Tonsilitis
  • Otitis media
  • Acute Sinusitis
  • Acute Bacterial exacerbations of chronic bronchitis
  • Skin and Skin Structure Infection
  • Pyelonephriits
  • Cystitis
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Concerns

Commonly asked questions

  • Onset of action
    The amount of time required for this medicine to show its action is not clinically established.
  • Duration of effect
    The amount of time required for this medicine to remain active in the body is not clinically established.
  • Safe with alcohol?
    Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.
  • Is it habit forming?
    No habit-forming tendencies were reported.
  • Usage in pregnancy?
    This medicine is not recommended for use in pregnant women unless necessary. All the risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before taking this medicine.
  • Usage while breast-feeding?
    This medicine is not recommended for use in breastfeeding women unless necessary. All the risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before taking this medicine. If this medicine is used, close monitoring of the infant for any undesired side effects is recommended.

Allergy

This medicine is not recommended for use in patients with a known allergy to cefprozil, any other beta-lactam antibiotics, or any other inactive ingredients present along with it.
Warnings for special population

Pregnancy

This medicine is not recommended for use in pregnant women unless necessary. All the risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before taking this medicine.

Breast-feeding

This medicine is not recommended for use in breastfeeding women unless necessary. All the risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before taking this medicine. If this medicine is used, close monitoring of the infant for any undesired side effects is recommended.
General warnings

Clostridium difficile-associated Diarrhea

Antibiotic therapy will cause an imbalance in the normal microbial flora of the large intestine, which may promote the growth of a bacteria called Clostridium difficile and you may experience severe diarrhea as a result. Report any such incidence to the doctor on priority and avoid usage of this medicine in such cases.

Kidney impairment

This medicine should be used with extreme caution in patients suffering from kidney diseases due to the increased risk of severe adverse effects. Close monitoring of kidney function, appropriate dose adjustments, or replacement with a suitable alternative may be required in some cases based on the clinical condition of the patient.

Drug resistance

Usage of this medicine without sufficient proof or suspicion of a bacterial infection should be avoided. Irrational dosing might fail in providing the benefits and even cause toxicity. It may also increase the risk of development of bacteria that are drug resistant.

Use in children

This medicine is not recommended for use in patients less than 6 months of age since the safety and efficacy of use are not clinically established.

Missed Dose

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose. Do not double your dose to make up for the missed dose.

Overdose

Seek emergency medical treatment or contact the doctor in case of an overdose.
All drugs interact differently for person to person. You should check all the possible interactions with your doctor before starting any medicine.
Interaction with Alcohol

Description

Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.

Instructions

Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.
Interaction with Medicine

Live cholera vaccine

Furosemide

Probenecid

Chloramphenicol

Ethinyl Estradiol

Warfarin

Nimodipine

Disease interactions

Colitis

This medicine should be used with extreme caution in patients having a history of gastrointestinal diseases, particularly colitis, since it may worsen the patient's condition. Report any incidence of severe diarrhea, abdominal pain, blood in stools, etc. to the doctor immediately. Appropriate dose adjustments or replacement with a suitable alternative may be required based on the clinical condition of the patient.

Renal Dysfunction

This medicine should be used with caution in patients suffering from kidney diseases due to the increased risk of severe adverse effects. Close monitoring of kidney function is necessary while receiving this medicine. Appropriate dose adjustments or replacement with a suitable alternative may be required in some cases based on the clinical condition.

Phenylketonuria

This oral suspension form of this medicine should be used with caution in patients who should restrict the intake of phenylalanine. Appropriate dose adjustments or replacement with a suitable alternative may be required based on the clinical condition.

Seizure disorders

This medicine should be used with caution in patients with a history of seizure disorder or a family history of seizures due to the increased risk of recurrent seizures. Therapy should be discontinued if the patient experiences a seizure episode due to this medicine. Appropriate corrective measures and/or replacement with a suitable alternative may be necessary in some cases based on the clinical condition.

Liver Disease

This medicine should be used with caution in patients suffering from liver diseases due to the increased risk of severe adverse effects. Close monitoring of liver function is recommended during treatment with this medicine. Appropriate dose adjustments or replacement with a suitable alternative may be considered based on the clinical condition.
Food interactions
Information not available.
Lab interactions

Ferricyanide test

Inform the doctor if you are advised to have this test when you are undergoing treatment with this medicine. This medicine may result in false-negative results for this test. Alternative tests should be used for testing blood glucose based on the clinical condition.
Take this medicine with or without food. Do not take/administer in larger or smaller amounts than advised/prescribed. Consult the doctor if you experience any undesirable side effects. Ensure that the treatment course is completed. Do not stop the use of this medicine without consulting your doctor.
Miscelleneous

Can be taken with or without food, as advised by your doctor

To be taken as instructed by doctor

Does not cause sleepiness

How it works
This medicine works by interfering with certain processes that help the bacteria to grow and increase in number.
Legal Status

Approved

Unknown

Unknown

Unknown

Classification

Category

Second generation cephalosporins

Schedule

Schedule H

Cefprozil - DrugBank [Internet]. Drugbank.ca. 2018 [cited 7 September 2018]. Available from:

https://www.drugbank.ca/drugs/DB01150

[Internet]. Auropharma.ca. 2018 [cited 7 September 2018]. Available from:

http://www.auropharma.ca/products/monograph/Auro-Cefprozil-PFOS-PM.pdf

[Internet]. Sandoz.ca. 2018 [cited 7 September 2018]. Available from:

https://www.sandoz.ca/sites/www.sandoz.ca/files/Cefprozil_FF_Web%2846119805vi%29ANGV4.pdf

[Internet]. Accessdata.fda.gov. 2018 [cited 7 September 2018]. Available from:

https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/drugsatfda_docs/label/2016/050664s026,050665s026lbl.pdf

Cefprozil: MedlinePlus Drug Information [Internet]. Medlineplus.gov. 2018 [cited 7 September 2018]. Available from:

https://medlineplus.gov/druginfo/meds/a698022.html

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Information on this page was last updated on 11 Apr 2019

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