This dosage information is for cefuroxime oral tablet. All possible dosages and drug forms may not be included here. Your dosage, drug form, and how often you take the drug will depend on:

  • your age
  • the condition being treated
  • how severe your condition is
  • other medical conditions you have
  • how you react to the first dose

Forms and strengths

Generic: Cefuroxime

  • Form: oral tablet
  • Strengths: 250 milligrams (mg), 500 mg

Dosage for pharyngitis/tonsillitis (mild to moderate)

Adult dosage (ages 18 years and older):

The usual dosage is 250 mg every 12 hours for 10 days.

Child dosage (ages 13 to 17 years):

The usual dosage is 250 mg every 12 hours for 10 days.

Child dosage (ages 3 months to 12 years who can swallow tablets whole):

The usual dosage is 250 mg every 12 hours for 10 days.

Child dosage (ages 0 to 2 months):

Cefuroxime should not be used in children younger than 3 months of age.

Special considerations

  • For people with kidney disease: Your dosage of cefuroxime may need to be adjusted if you have a creatinine clearance of less than 30 milliliters per minute (mL/min). Creatinine clearance is a measure of how well your kidneys are working. A lower number suggests reduced kidney function.
  • For older adults (ages 65 years and older): The kidneys of older adults may not work as well as they used to. This can cause the body to process drugs more slowly. As a result, more of a drug stays in the body for a longer time. This raises the risk of side effects. If you’re an older adult, your doctor may start you on a lower dose or a different dosing schedule. This can help keep levels of this drug from building up too much in your body.

Warnings

  • Cefuroxime tablets and suspension cannot be interchanged on a milligram-per-milligram basis. (This means you can’t substitute equal doses of one for the other.)
  • Children who can’t swallow cefuroxime tablets should be given the suspension instead. Don’t give them a crushed tablet. The tablet has a strong, long-lasting bitter taste when crushed.

Dosage for acute otitis media

Child dosage (ages 14 to 17 years):

The usual dosage is 250 mg every 12 hours for 10 days.

Child dosage (ages 3 months to 13 years who can swallow tablets whole):

The usual dosage is 250 mg every 12 hours for 10 days.

Child dosage (ages 0 to 2 months):

Cefuroxime should not be used in children younger than 3 months of age.

Special considerations

  • For people with kidney disease: Your dosage of cefuroxime may need to be adjusted if you have a creatinine clearance of less than 30 mL/min. Creatinine clearance is a measure of how well your kidneys are working. A lower number suggests reduced kidney function.
  • For people on hemodialysis: A single additional standard dose should be given at the end of each dialysis session.

Warnings

  • Cefuroxime tablets and suspension cannot be interchanged on a milligram-per-milligram basis. (This means you can’t substitute equal doses of one for the other.)
  • Children who can’t swallow cefuroxime tablets should be given the suspension instead. Don’t give them a crushed tablet. The tablet has a strong, long-lasting bitter taste when crushed.

Dosage for acute sinusitis (mild to moderate)

Adult dosage (ages 18 years and older):

The usual dosage is 250 mg every 12 hours for 10 days.

Child dosage (ages 13 to 17 years of age):

The usual dosage is 250 mg every 12 hours for 10 days.

Child dosage (ages 3 months to 12 years who can swallow tablets whole):

The usual dosage is 250 mg every 12 hours for 10 days.

Child dosage (ages 0 to 2 months):

Cefuroxime should not be used in children younger than 3 months of age.

Special considerations

  • For people with kidney disease: Your dosage of cefuroxime may need to be adjusted if you have a creatinine clearance of less than 30 mL/min. Creatinine clearance is a measure of how well your kidneys are working. A lower number suggests reduced kidney function.

Warnings

  • Cefuroxime tablets and suspension cannot be interchanged on a milligram-per-milligram basis. (This means you can’t substitute equal doses of one for the other.)
  • Children who can’t swallow cefuroxime tablets should be given the suspension instead. Don’t give them a crushed tablet. The tablet has a strong, long-lasting bitter taste when crushed.

Dosage for acute bronchitis (mild to moderate)

  • Acute bronchitis (mild to moderate):
    • Adult dosage (ages 18 years and older): The usual dosage is 250 mg or 500 mg every 12 hours for 10 days.
    • Child dosage (ages 13 to 17 years of age): The usual dosage is 250 mg or 500 mg every 12 hours for 10 days.
    • Child dosage (ages 0 to 12 years who can swallow tablets whole): This medication should not be used in children younger than 13 years for this condition.
  • Secondary infection of acute bronchitis (mild to moderate):
    • Adult dosage (ages 18 years and older): The usual dosage is 250 mg or 500 mg every 12 hours for 5 to 10 days.
    • Child dosage (ages 13 to 17 years of age): The usual dosage is 250 mg or 500 mg every 12 hours for 5 to 10 days.
    • Child dosage (ages 3 months to 12 years who can swallow tablets whole): The usual dosage is 250 mg twice daily for 10 days.
    • Child dosage (ages 0 to 2 months): Cefuroxime should not be used in children younger than 3 months of age.

Special considerations

  • For people with kidney disease: Your dosage of cefuroxime may need to be adjusted if you have a creatinine clearance of less than 30 mL/min. Creatinine clearance is a measure of how well your kidneys are working. A lower number suggests reduced kidney function.
  • For older adults (ages 65 years and older): The kidneys of older adults may not work as well as they used to. This can cause the body to process drugs more slowly. As a result, more of a drug stays in the body for a longer time. This raises the risk of side effects. If you’re an older adult, your doctor may start you on a lower dose or a different dosing schedule. This can help keep levels of this drug from building up too much in your body.

Dosage for uncomplicated infections of the skin or below the skin

Adult dosage (ages 18 years and older):

The usual dosage is 250 mg or 500 mg every 12 hours for 10 days.

Child dosage (ages 13 to 17 years of age):

The usual dosage is 250 mg or 500 mg every 12 hours for 10 days.

Child dosage (ages 3 months to 12 years who can swallow tablets whole):

This medication shouldn’t be used in children younger than 13 years for this condition.

Child dosage (ages 0 to 2 months):

Cefuroxime should not be used in children younger than 3 months of age.

Special considerations

  • For people with kidney disease: Your dosage of cefuroxime may need to be adjusted if you have a creatinine clearance of less than 30 mL/min. Creatinine clearance is a measure of how well your kidneys are working. A lower number suggests reduced kidney function.
  • For older adults (ages 65 years and older): The kidneys of older adults may not work as well as they used to. This can cause the body to process drugs more slowly. As a result, more of a drug stays in the body for a longer time. This raises the risk of side effects. If you’re an older adult, your doctor may start you on a lower dose or a different dosing schedule. This can help keep levels of this drug from building up too much in your body.

Dosage for uncomplicated urinary tract infections

Adult dosage (ages 18 years and older):

The usual dosage is 250 mg every 12 hours for 7 to 10 days.

Child dosage (ages 13 to 17 years of age):

The usual dosage is 250 mg every 12 hours for 7 to 10 days.

Child dosage (ages 3 months to 12 years who can swallow tablets whole):

No dosage information is available. This condition is not usual in children of this age range.

Child dosage (ages 0 to 2 months):

Cefuroxime should not be used in children younger than 3 months of age.

Special considerations

  • For people with kidney disease: Your dosage of cefuroxime may need to be adjusted if you have a creatinine clearance of less than 30 mL/min. Creatinine clearance is a measure of how well your kidneys are working. A lower number suggests reduced kidney function.
  • For older adults (ages 65 years and older): The kidneys of older adults may not work as well as they used to. This can cause the body to process drugs more slowly. As a result, more of a drug stays in the body for a longer time. This raises the risk of side effects. If you’re an older adult, your doctor may start you on a lower dose or a different dosing schedule. This can help keep levels of this drug from building up too much in your body.

Dosage for uncomplicated gonorrhea

Adult dosage (ages 18 years and older):

The usual dosage is 1,000 mg as a single dose.

Child dosage (ages 13 to 17 years):

The usual dosage is 1,000 mg as a single dose.

Child dosage (ages 3 months to 12 years who can swallow tablets whole):

No dosage information is available. This condition is not usual in children of this age range.

Child dosage (ages 0 to 2 months):

Cefuroxime should not be used in children younger than 3 months of age.

Special considerations

  • For people with kidney disease: Your dosage of cefuroxime may need to be adjusted if you have a creatinine clearance of less than 30 mL/min. Creatinine clearance is a measure of how well your kidneys are working. A lower number suggests reduced kidney function.
  • For older adults (ages 65 years and older): The kidneys of older adults may not work as well as they used to. This can cause the body to process drugs more slowly. As a result, more of a drug stays in the body for a longer time. This raises the risk of side effects. If you’re an older adult, your doctor may start you on a lower dose or a different dosing schedule. This can help keep levels of this drug from building up too much in your body.

Dosage for early Lyme disease

Adult dosage (ages 18 years and older):

The usual dosage is 500 mg every 12 hours for 20 days.

Child dosage (ages 13 to 17 years):

The usual dosage is 500 mg every 12 hours for 20 days.

Child dosage (ages 3 months to 12 years who can swallow tablets whole):

This medication shouldn’t be used in children younger than 13 years for this condition.

Child dosage (ages 0 to 2 months):

Cefuroxime should not be used in children younger than 3 months of age.

Special considerations

  • For people with kidney disease: Your dosage of cefuroxime may need to be adjusted if you have a creatinine clearance of less than 30 mL/min. Creatinine clearance is a measure of how well your kidneys are working. A lower number suggests reduced kidney function.
  • For older adults (ages 65 years and older): The kidneys of older adults may not work as well as they used to. This can cause the body to process drugs more slowly. As a result, more of a drug stays in the body for a longer time. This raises the risk of side effects. If you’re an older adult, your doctor may start you on a lower dose or a different dosing schedule. This can help keep levels of this drug from building up too much in your body.

Disclaimer: Our goal is to provide you with the most relevant and current information. However, because drugs affect each person differently, we cannot guarantee that this list includes all possible dosages. This information is not a substitute for medical advice. Always speak with your doctor or pharmacist about dosages that are right for you.