By Medically reviewed by Hello Doktor Medical Panel


What is Zinnat ® (cefuroxime) used for?

Zinnat ® is commonly used to treat bacterial infections of the throat, the sinus, the middle ear, the lungs or chest, the urinary tract, and the skin and soft tissues.

Zinnat ® can also be used to treat Lyme disease (an infection spread by parasites called ticks).

How should I take Zinnat ® (cefuroxime)?

Always take this medicine exactly as your doctor or pharmacist has told you. Check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.

Take Zinnat ® after food. This will help to make the treatment more effective.

Swallow Zinnat ® tablets whole with some water.

How do I store Zinnat ® (cefuroxime)?

Zinnat ® is best stored at room temperature away from direct light and moisture. To prevent drug damage, you should not store Zinnat ® in the bathroom or the freezer. There may be different brands of Zinnat ® that may have different storage needs. It is important to always check the product package for instructions on storage, or ask your pharmacist. For safety, you should keep all medicines away from children and pets.

You should not flush Zinnat ® down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. It is important to properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist for more details about how to safely discard your product.

Precautions & warnings

What should I know before using Zinnat ® (cefuroxime)?

Before using this drug, tell your doctor if:

  • You are pregnant or breastfeeding. This is because, while you are expecting or feeding a baby, you should only take medicines on the recommendation of a doctor.
  • You are taking any other medicines. This includes any medicines you are taking which are available to buy without a prescription, such as herbal and complementary medicines.
  • You have allergy with any of active or inactive ingredients of Zinnat ® or other medications.
  • You have any other illnesses, disorders, or medical conditions.

Zinnat ® is not recommended for children aged under 3 months.

You must look out for certain symptoms, such as allergic reactions, fungal infections (such as candida) and severe diarrhea (pseudomembranous colitis) while you are taking Zinnat®. This will reduce the risk of any problems.

If you need a blood test, Zinnat ® (can affect the results of a test for blood sugar levels, or a blood screen called the Coombs test.

Is it safe during pregnancy or breastfeeding?

There isn’t enough information about the safety of using Zinnat ® during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Please always consult with your doctor to weigh the potential benefits and risks before taking Zinnat ®.

Side effects

What side effects can occur from Zinnat ® (cefuroxime)?

Severe allergic reaction may occur such as raised and itchy rash, swelling, sometimes of the face or mouth causing difficulty in breathing.

Not everyone experiences these side effects. There may be some side effects not listed above. If you have any concerns about a side-effect, please consult your doctor or pharmacist.


What drugs may interact with Zinnat ® (cefuroxime)?

Zinnat ® may interact with other drugs that you are currently taking, which can change how your drug works or increase your risk for serious side effects. To avoid any potential drug interactions, you should keep a list of all the drugs you are using (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. For your safety, do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any drugs without your doctor’s approval.

Products may interact with this drug, such as:

  • Plavix (clopidogrel)
  • Singulair (montelukast)
  • Spiriva (tiotropium)
  • Symbicort (budesonide / formoterol)
  • Vitamin B12 (cyanocobalamin)
  • Vitamin C (ascorbic acid)
  • Vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol)
  • Xanax (alprazolam)
  • Zyrtec (cetirizine)

Does food or alcohol interact with Zinnat ® (cefuroxime)?

Zinnat ® may interact with food or alcohol by altering the way the drug works or increase the risk for serious side effects. Please discuss with your doctor or pharmacist any potential food or alcohol interactions before using this drug.

What health conditions may interact with Zinnat ® (cefuroxime)?

Zinnat ® may interact with your health condition. This interaction may worsen your health condition or alter the way the drug works. It is important to always let your doctor and pharmacist know all the health conditions you currently have.


The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. You should ALWAYS consult with your doctor or pharmacist before using Zinnat ® (cefuroxime).

What is the dose of Zinnat ® (cefuroxime) for an adult?

The recommended dose of Zinnat ® is 250 mg to 500 mg twice daily, depending on the severity and type of infection.

What is the dose of Zinnat ® (cefuroxime) for a child?

The recommended dose of Zinnat ® is 10 mg/kg (to a maximum of 125 mg) to 15

mg/kg (to a maximum of 250 mg) twice daily, depending on the severity and type of infection.

It may be unsafe for your child. It is always important to fully understand the safety of the drug before using. Please consult with your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

How is Zinnat ® (cefuroxime) available?

Zinnat ® is available in the following dosage forms and strengths:

  • Tablet 250mg

What should I do in case of an emergency or overdose?

In case of an emergency or an overdose, call your local emergency services or go to your nearest emergency room.

What should I do if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose of Zinnat®, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your regular dose as scheduled. Do not take a double dose.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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Review Date: June 14, 2017 | Last Modified: December 19, 2019

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