Medicines & Supplements A to Z > Cefuroxime


Last updated on 19/03/2021.

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GENERIC NAME: Cefuroxime


BRAND NAME(S) IN HONG KONG: Zinnat 新菌靈, Zinacef 西力欣, Xorimax, Teikeden, Sefuxim, Cmaxid 

DRUG CLASS: Second generation cephalosporins

USED FOR: Urinary-tract infections (UTIs), pyelonephritis (inflammation of the kidney), ear infections


– 250mg, 500mg (tablets)
– 250mg, 750mg, 1500mg (injections)
– 125mg/5ml (oral suspension)

What is Cefuroxime for?

Cefuroxime is an antibiotic that is used to treat bacterial infections by interrupting the integrity of the bacterial cell walls, including lower urinary-tract infections (UTIs), pyelonephritis (inflammation of the kidney), ear infections, and other susceptible infections.

How to use it?

Cefuroxime can be taken by mouth as tablets, capsules, oral suspension or by injection. The usual adult dose of Cefuroxime is 250-500 mg twice daily. Usual doses in children are 20 to 30 mg/kg/day, and taken twice daily. The maximum dose is 500 mg/dose. Higher doses are used when Cefuroxime is given intravenously.

What are the side effects of Cefuroxime?  

Common side effects of Cefuroxime include diarrhoea, nausea and vomiting, and allergic skin reactions.

Who should not take Cefuroxime?

Anyone who has an allergy to Cefuroxime

Pharmacist Tips:

Efficacy may be reduced if you are using oral contraceptives. Find additional birth control ways if you are taking this drug.  

Common dosing schedule:
Oral suspension: administer with food
Oral tablets: may be administered with or without food

This schedule is for reference only, adjustments may be made according to individual needs.

Some common medications Cefuroxime may interact with:
– Proton pump inhibitors (e.g., Omeprazole, Pantoprazole)
– Histamine-2 receptor antagonists (e.g., Ranitidine)

Please notify your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking the above medication, dosage adjustments might be needed.

Where to buy Cefuroxime in Hong Kong?

In Hong Kong, Cefuroxime is a prescription only medicine, and requires a prescription from a doctor to be purchased in a pharmacy. It can also be obtained from doctors. To find a pharmacy near you, refer to the list of pharmacies (“Authorized Sellers of Poisons”) from the Hong Kong Department of Health.

For more information about drug names and ingredients, you can visit Hong Kong’s Drug Office at

Need more information?

For detailed information about the use of Cefuroxime in children, pregnancy and breastfeeding, and for questions about drug interactions, please check with your pharmacist or doctor.

Disclaimer: our goal is to provide you with the most relevant drug information and common dosage for Hong Kong. This information does not constitute medical advice. For specific treatment recommendations and advice, always discuss with your doctor or pharmacist, and follow the instructions included with your specific medicine.