CEFUROXIME Side Effects by Likelihood and Severity

COMMON side effects

If experienced, these tend to have a Severe expression i

  • diarrhea from an infection with Clostridium difficile bacteria
  • increased eosinophils in the blood
  • hives
  • a hypersensitivity reaction to a drug

If experienced, these tend to have a Less Severe expression i

  • a yeast infection of the vagina and vulva
  • diarrhea
  • intense abdominal pain

INFREQUENT side effects

If experienced, these tend to have a Severe expression i

  • a skin rash

If experienced, these tend to have a Less Severe expression i

  • thrush
  • excessive saliva production
  • vaginal irritation
  • itching
  • joint pain
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • gas
  • irritability

RARE side effects

If experienced, these tend to have a Severe expression i

  • a type of blood disorder where the red blood cells burst called hemolytic anemia
  • a type of blood disorder with a decrease in all types of blood cells called pancytopenia
  • low blood counts due to bone marrow failure
  • a decrease in the blood clotting protein prothrombin
  • decreased blood platelets
  • very low levels of granulocytes, a type of white blood cell
  • low levels of white blood cells
  • low levels of a type of white blood cell called neutrophils
  • a type of brain function problem called encephalopathy
  • a low supply of oxygen rich blood to the heart
  • inflammation of blood vessels in the skin
  • thrombophlebitis, an inflamed vein due to a blood clot
  • bleeding
  • inflammation of the large intestine
  • damage to the liver and inflammation
  • blockage of normal bile flow
  • a type of kidney inflammation called interstitial nephritis
  • decreased kidney function
  • erythema multiforme, a type of allergic skin reaction
  • a skin disorder with blistering and peeling skin called toxic epidermal necrolysis
  • a skin disorder with blistering and peeling skin called Stevens-Johnson syndrome
  • erythema or redness of skin or mucous membrane
  • seizures
  • swelling of the tongue
  • abnormal liver function tests
  • a significant type of allergic reaction called anaphylaxis
  • a type of allergic reaction called angioedema
  • a serum sickness reaction
  • inflammation of the liver with stoppage of bile flow
  • a type of skin disorder called acute generalized exanthematous pustulosis
  • a type of significant allergic skin reaction called DRESS syndrome

If experienced, these tend to have a Less Severe expression i

  • an infection due to the fungus Candida
  • canker sores
  • cramps
  • drowsiness
  • dizziness
  • a fever as a result of taking the medication
  • chills
  • lockjaw
  • taste impairment
  • decreased appetite
  • excessive thirst
  • trouble breathing
  • difficult or painful urination
  • stomach cramps
  • vulvovaginitis, an inflammation or infection of the vagina and vulva
  • kidney pain
  • fast heartbeat

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