How Does Ceftin Work?Ceftin 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 antibiotics). Ceftin works by stopping bacteria from making cell walls, which eventually causes the bacteria to die. Cephalosporins are related to penicillins.
Ceftin is a prodrug, which means that the body converts Ceftin (cefuroxime axetil) into its active form (cefuroxime). Cefuroxime by itself is used as an injectable antibiotic, but it is not absorbed into the bloodstream well when taken in an oral form. However, slightly changing its chemical structure (to turn it into cefuroxime axetil) improves the absorption of the medication into the bloodstream so it can be taken orally.
Ceftin Use in ChildrenCeftin is approved for use in children as young as three months old. Talk with your healthcare provider about the benefits and risks of using Ceftin in children.
Off-Label UsesOn occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend Ceftin for something other than treating the infections discussed in this article (this would be known as an "off-label" use). Ceftin is used off-label to treat other types of infections, particularly if they are caused by bacteria that are susceptible to Ceftin. Also, using Ceftin to prevent (instead of treat) any type of infection is considered an off-label use of the drug.