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Cefprozil is a second-generation cephalosporin type antibiotic. It can be used to treat bronchitis, ear infections, skin infections, and other bacterial infections.

WHAT IS CEFPROZIL?

Cefprozil is effective against susceptible bacteria causing infections of the middle ear, tonsillitis, throat infections, laryngitis, bronchitis, pneumonia, and skin and soft tissue infections.

This medicine is a semi-synthetic oral antibiotic of the cephalosporin family. Cefprozil is active against a very wide spectrum of bacteria, including staphylococcus, aureus, streptococcus pyogenes (the cause of strep throat), hemophilus influenzae, moraxella catarrhalis, E. coli, klebsiella, proteus mirabilis, salmonella, shigella, clostridium perfringens and neisseria gonorrhoeae.

 

Brand Name(s): Cefzil

CAS nº: 92665-29-7

(sef proe’ zil)

 

Product Info

The sections below will provide you with more specific information and guidelines related to cefprozil and its correct use. Please read them carefully.

FDA Information

Cefprozil has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration.

In December 2005, Lupin Ltd. announced that it had received US FDA approval for its Abbreviated New Drug Application (ANDA) for Cefprozil Oral Suspension, 125 mg/5 ml and 250 mg/5 ml. Cefprozil is the generic equivalent of Bristol Myers Squibb’s Cefzil®. The suspension market in the US is USD 119 million as per IMS MAT June 2005 data. Earlier, the Company received approval from the US FDA for Cefprozil tablets.

Why is this medication prescribed?

Cefprozil is effective against susceptible bacteria causing infections of the middle ear, tonsillitis, throat infections, laryngitis, bronchitis, pneumonia, and skin and soft tissue infections.

This medicine is a semi-synthetic oral antibiotic of the cephalosporin family. Cefprozil is active against a very wide spectrum of bacteria, including staphylococcus, aureus, streptococcus pyogenes (the cause of strep throat), hemophilus influenzae, moraxella catarrhalis, E. coli, klebsiella, proteus mirabilis, salmonella, shigella, clostridium perfringens and neisseria gonorrhoeae.

Other uses for this medicine

This medication has not been approved for any alternative uses other than those mentioned in the product information section.

Dosage and using this medicine

Cefprozil comes as a tablet and liquid to take by mouth. It is usually taken once a day or every 12 hours (twice a day) for 10 days.

Take this medication exactly as directed by your doctor. If you do not understand these directions, ask your pharmacist, nurse, or doctor to explain them to you.

Take each dose with a full glass of water.

Cefprozil can be taken on an empty stomach or with food or milk if it causes stomach upset.

Take cefprozil at evenly spaced intervals to keep a constant level of drug in the body. It is important to take cefprozil regularly to get the most benefit.

Shake the liquid form of cefprozil well before measuring a dose. To ensure that you get a correct dose, measure the suspension with a dose-measuring spoon or cup, not a regular table spoon. If you do not have a dose-measuring device, ask your pharmacist where you can get one.

Take all of the cefprozil that has been prescribed for you even if you begin to feel better. Your symptoms may start to improve before the infection is completely treated.

What special precautions should I follow?

BEFORE TAKING CEFPROZIL:

Tell your doctor if you have kidney disease, or a gastrointestinal (digestive) disease such as colitis.

Do not take cefprozil if you have ever had an allergic reaction to another cephalosporin or to a penicillin without first talking to your doctor.

Tell your doctor if you are taking any of the following medicines probenecid (Benemid); a loop diuretic (water pill) such as furosemide, bumetanide (Bumex), torsemide (Demadex), or ethacrynic acid (Edecrin); warfarin (Coumadin); or another antibiotic. You may not be able to take cefprozil, or you may require a dosage adjustment or special monitoring during treatment if you have either of the conditions listed above.

The cefprozil (Cefzil®) oral suspension contains 28 mg of phenylalanine per teaspoon (5 mL) of suspension for both the 125 mg/ 5 mL and 250 mg/ 5 mL dosage strengths. Individuals with phenylketonuria may need to monitor their intake of phenylalanine.

Cefprozil is in the FDA pregnancy category B. This means that it is not expected to be harmful to an unborn baby. Do not, however, take cefprozil without first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant or could become pregnant during treatment.

It is not known whether cefprozil passes into breast milk. Do not take this medication without first talking to your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

What should I do if I forget a dose?

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember, then try to evenly space the rest of the doses for that day until you can return to a normal schedule. Do not take a double dose of this medication unless otherwise directed by your doctor.

What side effects can this medication cause?

Possible side effects from cefprozil include:

vomiting
diarrhea
loss of appetite

Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away:

mild nausea or diarrhea
yeast infection of the mouth or vagina

If you experience any of the following symptoms, call your doctor immediately:

an allergic reaction (difficulty breathing; closing of the throat; swelling
of the lips, face, or tongue; hives; or a rash)
rash, redness or itching
severe nausea
mucous or blood in the stool
unusual bleeding or bruising

Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome.

What storage conditions are needed for this medicine?

Keep this medication in the container it came in, tightly closed, and out of reach of children. Store the tablets at room temperature and away from excess heat and moisture (not in the bathroom).

Throw away any medication that is outdated or no longer needed. Keep liquid medicine in the refrigerator, closed tightly, and throw away any unused medication after 14 days. Do not freeze. Talk to your pharmacist about the proper disposal of your medication.

In case of an emergency/overdose

In case of overdose, call your local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222. If the victim has collapsed or is not breathing, call local emergency services at 911.

Symptoms of overdose may include:

nausea
vomiting
diarrhea
abdominal cramps
seizures
numbness and tingling in the arms or legs
muscle spasms

 

Product Images

PICTURES OF CEFPROZIL PILLS

Below you will find images and specific information on the principal types of cefprozil that exist, including their respective brand name(s), strength, inscription codes and manufacturers.

The information below includes general information and guidelines for patients taking this medication and should never be used to substitute professional medical advice that can be provided by a qualified physician or family doctor.

Name: CEFZIL®
Strength(s): 500 MG
Imprint: 7721 500
Manufacturer: BMS PRIMARYCAR

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