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If you have kidney disease or a penicillin allergy, you may not be able to take Ceftin. Other warnings and precautions for this antibiotic apply to people with certain allergies and women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. Also, before starting treatment, make sure your healthcare provider is aware of any other medications you are taking.

What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider Before Taking Ceftin?

You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking Ceftin® (cefuroxime axetil) if you have:
  • Kidney disease, such as kidney failure (renal failure)
  • An allergy to cephalosporin or penicillin antibiotics
  • Any other allergies, including allergies to foods, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
  • Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
  • Breastfeeding.
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about all of the medicines you are taking, including prescription and nonprescription medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

Specific Precautions and Warnings With Ceftin

Some warnings and precautions to be aware of prior to taking Ceftin include the following:
  • Ceftin contains an antibiotic that belongs to the cephalosporin group of antibiotics (which are related to penicillin antibiotics). Some people who are allergic to penicillins will also be allergic to Ceftin. Let your healthcare provider know immediately if you notice any signs of an allergic reaction, such as a rash, itching, hives, wheezing, swelling of the mouth or lips, or difficulty breathing. An allergic reaction to Ceftin can be very dangerous.
  • Let your healthcare provider know if you experience bloody or watery diarrhea. While diarrhea is a common side effect of Ceftin, bloody or watery diarrhea may be a sign of a serious reaction to Ceftin that can occur when certain bacteria (Clostridium difficile) overgrow in the colon. This severe reaction can occur long after you stop taking Ceftin and can cause life-threatening complications.
  • Make sure your healthcare provider knows if you have kidney disease, as Ceftin may not be a good choice for people with kidney disease.
  • Sometimes, antibiotics (including Ceftin) can cause yeast infections, as they can get rid of "good" bacteria that help protect against yeast infections. Let your healthcare provider know if you develop a vaginal yeast infection or thrush (a yeast infection of the mouth) while taking Ceftin.
  • Ceftin should not be used to treat viruses, such as the common cold or the flu. Ceftin is completely ineffective for treating viruses, and such use can lead to bacterial resistance to Ceftin.
  • It is very important to take Ceftin exactly as prescribed. Skipping doses or stopping Ceftin too early (even if you feel better) can lead to bacterial resistance to this medication.
  • Ceftin oral suspension contains phenylalanine. This is important for people with phenylketonuria, who must monitor their phenylalanine intake. Ceftin tablets do not contain phenylalanine.
  • Ceftin can interact with other medications (see Ceftin Drug Interactions).
  • Ceftin is considered a pregnancy Category B medication. This means that Ceftin is probably safe for use during pregnancy, although the full risks are not known. Talk to your healthcare provider about the risks and benefits of using Ceftin during pregnancy (see Ceftin and Pregnancy for more information).
  • Ceftin passes through breast milk. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding a child, make sure to talk with your healthcare provider about using this medication (see Ceftin and Breastfeeding for more information).
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