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Brand name: Cefuroxime (SXP) TM

Active ingredients: cefuroxime

What it is used for

CEFUROXIME SXP is indicated in adults and children of 40 kg or greater in weight for the prevention of infections associated with certain surgical procedures of the gastrointestinal (including oesophageal), orthopaedic, cardiovascular and gynaecological systems (including caesarean section) (see SECTION 4.4: SPECIAL WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS FOR USE and SECTION 5.2: PHARMACOKINETIC PROPERTIES).,In the prevention of infections in which it is very likely that anaerobic organisms will be encountered, cefuroxime should be administered with additional appropriate antibacterial agents such as metronidazole.,Consideration should be given to official guidance on the appropriate use of antibacterial agents, as antibiotic prophylaxis is not required in all gastrointestinal, orthopaedic, cardiovascular and gynaecological procedures or surgeries.,For patients with specific cardiac conditions which predispose them to endocarditis who are undergoing abdominal surgery for which surgical antibiotic prophylaxis is indicated, the prophylaxis regimen should additionally include an antibiotic active against enterococci.,For patients undergoing orthopedic or cardiovascular surgery known to be, or at risk of being, colonised or infected with methicillin-resistant S. aureus (MRSA), add an antibiotic with activity against MRSA, such as vancomycin.,CEFUROXIME SXP is not indicated in children less than 40 kg in weight.

How to take it

The way to take this medicine is: Intravenous. This medicine or fluids is given through a needle or tube (catheter) inserted into a vein.

  • Store below 25 degrees Celsius
  • Shelf lifetime is 24 Months.

You should seek medical advice in relation to medicines and use only as directed by a healthcare professional.

Always read the label. If symptoms persist see your healthcare professional.

Visual appearance

White or almost white to yellowish powder

Do I need a prescription?

This medicine is available from a pharmacist and requires a prescription. It is Schedule 4 : Prescription Only Medicine.

Pregnant or planning a pregnancy?

For the active ingredient cefuroxime

You should seek advice from your doctor or pharmacist about taking this medicine. They can help you balance the risks and the benefits of this medicine during pregnancy.

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