Cefuroxime is an antibiotic used in adults and children. It works by destroying bacteria that cause infections. It belongs to a family of medicines called cephalosporins.
Cefuroxime is used to treat infections:

  • urinary tract
  • skin and soft tissue
  • the abdomen

Cefuroxime is also used :

  • to prevent infection during surgery.
    Your doctor may carry out tests to identify the type of bacteria causing your infection and check during your treatment whether the bacteria is sensitive to cefuroxime.


Cefuroxime is usually given by a doctor or nurse. It can be given as a drip (intravenous infusion) or as an injection directly into a vein or muscle.

 Usual dose

Your doctor will decide on the appropriate dose of cefuroxime for you, depending on: the severity and type of infection, whether you are already being treated with other antibiotic(s), your weight and age, how well your kidneys are working.

Newborns (0-3 weeks)

For every 1 kg of the baby’s body weight, 30 to 100 mg of cefuroxime per day should be given in two or three doses.

Infants (over 3 weeks) and children
For every 1 kg of body weight of the baby or child, 30 to 100 mg of cefuroxime per day should be given in three or four doses.

Adults and adolescents
750 mg to 1.5 g cefuroxime per dose, two, three or four times daily. Maximum dose: 6 g per day.

Patients with kidney problems
If you have a kidney problem, your doctor may adjust your dose.

Talk to your doctor if this is the case.

Prescription medicine. Ask your doctor for advice.