What Is Cefprozil Used For?
Sinus infections, strep throat, and bronchitis are just a few of the bacterial infections that may be treated with cefprozil. This prescription antibiotic works to kill bacteria by preventing them from forming cell walls. In some situations, cefprozil may be used for off-label (unapproved) reasons, such as to treat or prevent other types of infections.
An Overview of Uses for Cefprozil
Cefprozil (Cefzil®) is a prescription antibiotic used to treat a variety of different infections. It is taken by mouth, and can be used by adults and children as young as two months old.
Cefprozil is approved for treating the following types of infections:
- Ear infections
- Pharyngitis ("strep throat") and tonsillitis
- Sinus infections
- Skin and skin structure infections.
Cefprozil is approved for treating these infections only when they are caused by certain types of bacteria. Not all bacteria will respond to this drug.
Also, bacteria have different resistance patterns in different regions in the country. This means that some bacteria may be susceptible to cefprozil in certain parts of the country but not in others. This medicine is completely ineffective for treating viral illnesses, such as the common cold or the flu.
In some situations, your healthcare provider may perform certain tests to see if your particular infection is susceptible or resistant to cefprozil. In other situations, your healthcare provider may decide to try the drug without such tests, especially for infections that are not severe.
How Does It Work?
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 penicillin medications.