Where is Cefprozil used?
Cefprozil is used for the treatment of a certain infection caused by bacteria such as bronchitis. It is an infection of the airway tubes leading to the lungs. This may also be used on infections of the skin, throat, ears, sinuses, and tonsils. This medication will not work for flu, colds, or other viral infections. This is specifically used for bacterial infections.
Cefprozil belongs to the group of medications known as cephalosporins. This is intended for oral administration. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved this medication.
How does Cefprozil work?
Cefprozil, like penicillins, is a beta-lactam antibiotic. By binding to particular penicillin-binding proteins (PBPs) to be found inside the bacterial cell wall, it prevents the third and final stage of bacterial cell wall synthesis. Cell lysis is then interceded by bacterial cell wall autolytic enzymes like autolysins. Cefprozil may interfere with an autolysin inhibitor.
How is Cefprozil taken?
The dose is based on your medical condition and response to the treatment.
Cefprozil is usually taken every 12 or 24 hours for 10 days. This is to be taken by mouth with a full glass of water. You may take this with or without food. Take this medication at the same time each day or exactly as directed. Do not stop or change the dose without the prescription of your doctor.
For the best result, take this antibiotic at consistently spaced times. Take this medicine at the same time each day to help you remember. Even if symptoms disappear after a few days, continue to take this medicine until the full prescription is done. Stopping the medicine ahead of time may allow bacteria to continue to develop, which may result in a relapse of the infection. Inform your doctor if your condition persists or worsens.
What are the possible side effects of Cefprozil?
Common side effects may include:
- Stomach pain
- Mild diarrhea
- Vaginal itching or discharge
Call your doctor right away if these happen:
- Sudden weakness or ill feeling, cold or flu symptoms
- Unusual bleeding
- Diarrhea that is watery or bloody
- Red or swollen gums, mouth sores, pain when swallowing
- Dark-colored urine, pale or yellowed skin
- Confusion or weakness
- Severe tingling, numbness, pain
- Bruising, muscle weakness
- Seizure or convulsions
- Signs of an allergic reaction (difficulty breathing, hives, swelling of your lips, tongue, face, or throat)
What are the precautions in taking Cefprozil?
- Let your doctor know if you are pregnant, planning to get pregnant, or breastfeeding women before taking this medication.
- Tell your doctor if you ever had gastrointestinal disease especially colitis or kidney disease.
- Call your doctor if you are allergic to this medicine or if you have any allergies.
- Caution is recommended when using this medication in the elderly because they may be more sensitive to its effects.
- Cefprozil may cause live bacterial vaccines to not work as well. Do not have any vaccinations or immunizations while using this medicine unless your doctor tells you to.
- Keep this far from moisture and heat.