What is Cefzil
is an antibiotic in a class of drugs called cephalosporins.
Cefzil fights bacteria in the body.
is used to treat many different types of bacterial infections
such as bronchitis, tonsillitis, ear infections, and skin
may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this
General medical information about Cefzil
Take all of the Cefzil that has been prescribed for
you even if you begin to feel better. Your symptoms may
start to improve before the infection is completely treated.
Cefzil can be taken on an empty stomach or with food
or milk if it causes stomach upset.
What you should find out before taking Cefzil Do not take Cefzil if you have ever had an allergic
reaction to another cephalosporin or to a penicillin without
first talking to your doctor.
Before taking Cefzil,
tell your doctor if you have:
- kidney disease, or
- a gastrointestinal (digestive) disease such as
You may not be able to take Cefzil, or you
may require a dosage adjustment or special monitoring during
treatment if you have either of the conditions listed above.
The Cefzil (Cefzil) oral suspension contains 28 mg
of phenylalanine per teaspoon (5 mL) of suspension for both
the 125 mg/5 mL and 250 mg/5 mL dosage strengths. Individuals
with phenylketonuria may need to monitor their intake of
Cefzil is in the FDA pregnancy category
B. This means that it is not expected to be harmful to an
unborn baby. Do not, however, take Cefzil without first
talking to your doctor if you are pregnant or could become
pregnant during treatment.
It is not known whether
Cefzil passes into breast milk. Do not take this medication
without first talking to your doctor if you are breast-feeding
How should take Cefzil Take this medication exactly as directed by your
doctor. If you do not understand these directions, ask your
pharmacist, nurse, or doctor to explain them to you.
Take each dose with a full glass of water.
can be taken on an empty stomach or with food or milk if
it causes stomach upset.
Take Cefzil at evenly spaced
intervals to keep a constant level of drug in the body.
It is important to take Cefzil regularly to get the most
Shake the liquid form of Cefzil well before
measuring a dose. To ensure that you get a correct dose,
measure the suspension with a dose-measuring spoon or cup,
not a regular table spoon. If you do not have a dose-measuring
device, ask your pharmacist where you can get one.
Take all of the Cefzil that has been prescribed for you
even if you begin to feel better. Your symptoms may start
to improve before the infection is completely treated.
Store the tablets at room temperature away from moisture
Store the suspension in the refrigerator.
Throw away any unused medication after 14 days.
If you miss a dose: Take the missed dose as soon as you remember, then
try to evenly space the rest of the doses for that day until
you can return to a normal schedule. Do not take a double
dose of this medication unless otherwise directed by your
What happens if you overdose: Seek emergency medical attention if an overdose is
Symptoms of a Cefzil overdose may include
nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal cramps, seizures,
numbness and tingling in the arms or legs, and muscle spasms.
Avoid while taking Cefzil There are no restrictions on food, beverages, or
activities during treatment with Cefzil unless otherwise
directed by your doctor.
Possible side effects of Cefzil If you experience any of the following serious side
effects, stop taking Cefzil and seek emergency medical attention
or contact your doctor immediately:
- an allergic
reaction (difficulty breathing; closing of the throat; swelling
of the lips, face, or tongue; hives; or a rash);
rash, redness, or itching;
- severe nausea, vomiting,
- mucous or blood in the stool; or
unusual bleeding or bruising.
Other, less serious
side effects may also occur. Continue to take the medication
and talk to your doctor if you experience:
nausea or diarrhea, or
- yeast infection of the mouth
Side effects other than those listed here
may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect
that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome.
What other drugs will affect Cefzil Before taking Cefzil, tell your doctor if you are
taking any of the following medicines
- a loop diuretic (water pill) such as
furosemide, bumetanide (Bumex), torsemide (Demadex), or
ethacrynic acid (Edecrin);
- warfarin (Coumadin);
- another antibiotic.
You may require a
dosage adjustment or special monitoring during treatment
if you are taking any of the medicines listed above.
other than those listed here may also interact with Cefzil.
Talk to your doctor and pharmacist before taking any prescription
or over-the-counter medicines, including vitamins, minerals,
and herbal products.