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Although most people have no problems with Ceftin, adverse reactions are possible. The most commonly reported side effects of Ceftin are diarrhea, nausea, and vaginal infections. Other possible reactions include headaches, dizziness, and gas. Notify your healthcare provider right away if you experience serious side effects, such as difficulty breathing, seizures, or bloody diarrhea.

An Introduction to Ceftin Side Effects

As with any medicine, Ceftin® (cefuroxime axetil) can cause side effects. However, not everyone who takes the medication will have problems. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. If reactions do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or are treated easily by you or your healthcare provider.
(This article covers many, but not all, of the possible side effects with Ceftin. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list of side effects with you.)

Common Side Effects of Ceftin

Ceftin has been thoroughly studied in clinical trials. Based on information from these trials, the most common side effects of Ceftin included:
  • Diarrhea or loose stools -- in up to 10.6 percent of people
  • Nausea and vomiting -- up to 6.8 percent
  • Vaginitis (vaginal inflammation or infection) -- up to 5.4 percent
  • Dislike of taste (for the oral suspension form) -- up to 5 percent
  • Diaper rash -- up to 3.4 percent.
Changes in certain laboratory tests (such as an increase in liver enzymes) were also commonly seen (in about 1 percent of people). These changes were temporary and probably did not indicate any real problems.
A specific type of reaction known as the Jarisch-Herxheimer reaction was seen in up to 5.6 percent of people who were given Ceftin to treat Lyme disease. This reaction is thought to be the result of toxins released from the death of a large number of bacteria. This reaction is not expected to occur when taking Ceftin for more typical uses (such as to treat ear infections or strep throat).
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