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Generic name: cefprozil [sef-PROE-zil]
Class of drugs: second-generation cephalosporins

What is Cefzil?

Cefzil (SEF) is a low-sporin antibiotic. It fights bacteria in the body. Cefzil treats mild to moderate infections that are caused by bacteria susceptible to cephalosporin antibacterial treatment. Cefzil can be used in other ways not mentioned in this guide.


Cefzil shouldn't be given to patients who have a known cephalosporin allergy.

Before you take this drug

Cefzil should not be taken if you have an allergy to cefprozil or any other cephalosporin anti-biotics, such as

  • Cefaclor;
  • Cefadroxil;
  • Cefazolin;
  • Cefditoren;
  • Cefpodoxime;
  • Ceftibuten;
  • Cefuroxime;
  • Cephalexin
  • Cephradine and other drugs

Tell your doctor about any of the following to ensure that Cefzil will be safe for you:

  • An allergy to penicillin (and other drugs)
  • Colitis is one example of an intestinal disorder.
  • Kidney disease is a serious condition.

Cefzil liquid can contain phenylalanine. Inform your doctor if phenylketonuria is present. Inform your physician immediately if you become pregnant or nursing. Some antibiotics may make birth-control pills ineffective. You can ask your doctor if you should use a non-oral method of birth control to avoid pregnancy. These include injections, patches, rings, vaginal rings, and condoms. Cefzil should not be used by children younger than six months.

How to take Cefzil?

Cefzil should be taken exactly as prescribed by your physician. Read all the instructions on the prescription label. Before measuring a dose, shake the liquid. Use the provided dosing device or a dose-measuring tool (not a spoon). Cefprozil dosages are determined by weight for children. When giving this medicine, be sure to follow all instructions.

Even if your symptoms seem to improve quickly, continue taking this medication until the entire duration has elapsed.You can get an infection resistant to the medication if you skip doses. Cefzil does not treat a virus, such as the flu or a cold. Cefprozil may affect certain medical tests. Inform any doctor that you see about your use of this medication. Cefzil tablets should be stored at room temperature away from moisture, heat, and humidity. Cefzil liquid should be stored in the fridge. Do not freeze. Do not freeze.

What happens if I miss the dose?

If it is almost time for your next dose, make a note to forget the one you just missed and plan accordingly for next time.Never take two doses of the same medicine at once.

What happens if I overdose?

Reach out immediately if a poison incident arises by dialling 1-800-222-1222 for assistance or seek immediate medical care.

What should be avoided?

Antibiotics can cause diarrhoea. This could be an indication of a new illness. Call your physician if you experience bloody or watery diarrhoea before taking anti-diarrhea medication.

Side effects of Cefzil

If you experience signs of an allergic response to Cefzil, such as hives, difficulty breathing, swelling on your face or in your throat, or a severe reaction, such as a fever, sore throat, burning eyes, or skin pain or blistering, seek emergency medical attention.

If you experience:

  • Severe stomach pain or diarrhoea that is bloody or watery (even months after the last dose);
  • Fever, chills, sore mouth, sore throat
  • If you notice a pale or yellowed complexion, dark urine, confusion, or weakness, then it is important to consult your doctor.
  • Easy bruising and unusual bleeding
  • A seizure;
  • Kidney disease: feeling tired, short of breath, or experiencing swelling in the feet or ankles.

Cefzil may cause side effects such as:

  • Nausea, diarrhoea;
  • Vaginal itching and discharge
  • Diaper rash
  • Abnormal liver function tests

There may be other side effects. For medical advice on side effects, call your doctor. The FDA can be contacted at 1-800-FDA-1088 to report side effects.

Interaction with other drug

Tell your doctor about your other medications, including:

  • Probenecid;
  • An antibiotic such as Amikacin or Gentamicin.

This list is incomplete. Cefprozil may interact with other drugs, such as prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. This list does not include all possible drug interactions.




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