Cefzil, Orprozil, Zemetril (Cefprozil)

What is Cefprozil?

Cefprozil is a specially formulated antibiotic that eliminates bacteria from your body. It is a cephalosporin (SEF a low spor in) antibiotic that treats several kinds of infections caused by bacteria.

This medication guide contains maximum purposes of Cefprozil.

Important information

The use of medicine should not be made if you are allergic to any cephalosporin antibiotic (cefuroxime, cephalexin, cefdinir, cefprozil, and others).

Before taking this medicine

Before you start taking medicine inform your doctor if you have allergy to cefprozil or to other cephalosporin antibiotics, like

  • cefazolin (Ancef)
  • cefdinir (Omnicef)
  • cefaclor (Raniclor)
  • cefadroxil (Duricef)
  • ceftibuten (Cedax)
  • cefditoren (Spectracef)
  • cefpodoxime (Vantin)
  • cephalexin (Keflex)
  • cefuroxime (Ceftin)or
  • cephradine (Velosef)

To take maximum benefits of Cefprozil tell your doctor if you have complaints about liver or kidney disease, feel allergic to penicillin, or having a poor history of intestinal problems, like colitis.

Cefprozil side effects

Even though the intake of Cefprozil is tolerable for the patient but there are situations when an emergency medical help may be needed. These include difficulty breathing, swelling on lips, throat, tongue or face.

Call your doctor immediately in case you find following symptoms:

  • Drowsiness
  • Diarrhea
  • Feeling short of breath
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Confusion
  • Severe pain in lower back
  • Rapid weight gain
  • Red or swollen gums
  • Jaundice
  • Dark urine
  • Urinating less than normal
  • Severe pain in upper stomach
  • Itching

Other Side Effects:

  • Mild skin rash
  • Fever
  • Throat
  • Flu symptoms
  • Vaginal discharge

The above may not be a complete list of side effects. In case you find some unusual side effects then call your doctor immediately or report about the same to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What happens if I miss a dose?

In case you miss a dose then take the skipped dose as soon as remembers. But the missed dose should only be taken if the next dose is not scheduled to avoid the side effects of overdose.

What happens if I overdose?

In case you overdose yourself with Cefprozil then call your doctor for medical assistance. Besides, you can also report about the same at the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222

What should I avoid while taking Cefprozil?

You should avoid taking antibiotic medicines while using Cefprozil as they can cause diarrhea, which may be a symptom of new infection. You should meet the doctor immediately and ask for instant rescue.

How should I take Cefprozil?

The intake of the medicine should be made as prescribed by the doctor. It is very important for the patient to read through all the directions carefully so that no smaller or larger use of the medicine is made.

In case of oral suspension of Cefprozil the liquid solution should be measured first with a dose-measuring device. This will help prevent smaller or larger intake of medicine.

Never recommend the use of medicine to your friend who is suffering from same problem.

Always tell your doctor beforehand that you are using Cefprozil. It is so because the use of the same may show unusual results with certain lab tests for glucose (sugar) in the urine.

It is important for you to take medicine as prescribed by the doctor. If you skip the dose then it will not only delay the treatment but may also increase the risk of side effects. Remember the use of medicine will not treat viral infection like the common cold or flu.

Cefprozil should be stored at room temperature away from heat and moisture.

The oral solution of Cefprozil should not be kept in freezer. The medicine should be thrown away if it unused and is older than 14 days.

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