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When and How to Take Ceftin

Some general considerations for when and how to take this medication include the following:
  • Ceftin comes in the form of tablets and an oral suspension (liquid). It is usually taken by mouth twice daily.
  • You can take Ceftin with food or on an empty stomach.
  • Make sure to shake the suspension well before each dose. After your pharmacist mixes it for you, the suspension must be stored in the refrigerator and must be discarded 10 days after mixing.
  • For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. Stopping this medication too soon may increase the risk of antibiotic resistance.

Dosing Information

The dose that your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
  • The form of the medication (tablet or suspension)
  • The type of infection being treated
  • Your age and weight
  • Any other medical conditions you may have.
As is always the case, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
(Click Ceftin Dosage for more information.)

Side Effects of Ceftin

As with any medicine, Ceftin can cause side effects. However, not everyone who uses the drug will experience problems. Most people tolerate it quite well.
If reactions do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or are easily treated by you or your healthcare provider. Serious side effects are less common.
Diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting are the most common side effects of Ceftin.
(Click Ceftin Side Effects to learn more, including potentially serious side effects that you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)
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