Cefprozil is a cephalosporin antibiotic. Cephalosporins are part of a larger group of medications known as beta-lactam antibiotics, named after the ring-like "lactam" structure of these drugs. Cefprozil works by stopping bacteria from making cell walls, which eventually causes the bacteria to die. Cephalosporins are related to penicillins. Cefprozil is usually classified as a "second-generation" cephalosporin.
Some general considerations to keep in mind during treatment with cefprozil include the following:
- This medication comes as a tablet or an oral suspension (liquid). It is taken by mouth, usually once or twice a day.
- You can take cefprozil with or without food.
- Make sure to shake the suspension well before each dose.
- Make sure to finish the prescribed course of this antibiotic, as stopping it too soon can lead to a more serious infection.
The dose of cefprozil your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on various factors, such as:
- Your age
- Your weight
- The type and severity of the infection being treated
- How well your kidneys are functioning
- Other medical conditions you may have.
(Click Cefprozil Dosage for more information.)
Cefprozil may react with a few other medicines (see Drug Interactions With Cefprozil).
An overdose with cephalosporin medications can cause serious problems, such as seizures or a coma. If you think you have taken too much cefprozil, seek immediate medical attention.
(Click Cefzil Overdose for more information.)