As a type of antibiotic, cefprozil is used to treat various bacterial infections. This prescription drug works to kill bacteria by preventing them from making cell walls. It comes as a tablet or an oral liquid, and is usually taken once or twice a day. Diarrhea, a rash, and nausea are some of the possible side effects.
Cefprozil (Cefzil®) is a prescription cephalosporin antibiotic licensed to treat a number of different infections. It is taken by mouth, and is approved for use in adults and children as young as six months old.
(Click What Is Cefprozil Used For? for more information on this topic, including possible off-label uses.)
Just like any medicine, cefprozil can cause side effects. However, not everyone who takes the drug will experience problems. Most people tolerate it quite well.
If reactions do occur, in most cases, they are mild and either require no treatment or are treated easily by you or your healthcare provider. Serious side effects are less common.
Common side effects of cefprozil include but are not limited to:
- A rash.
(Click Cefprozil Side Effects to learn more, including potentially serious side effects you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)
You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking this medication if you have:
- Kidney disease, such as kidney failure (renal failure)
- An allergy to cephalosporin or penicillin antibiotics
- Any other allergies, including to foods, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
- Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant (see Cefzil and Pregnancy)
- Breastfeeding (see Cefzil and Breastfeeding).
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about all other medications you are taking, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
(Click Precautions and Warnings With Cefprozil to learn more, including information on who should not take the drug.)