Available as tablets or capsules.
Available as soluble tablets?
Available as a liquid?
Available as something for placing under your tongue?
Available as something for placing on your gum?
Available as a patch for putting on your skin?
Available as an injection?
Available as nasal/oral spray?
Safe or appropriate to crush
Licensed alternative formulations available and therefore crushing is not recommended. Crushing or dispersing should always be used as a last resort but current text books and resources suggest that it is likely to be safe. Clinicians should be aware that this an unlicensed use of the medication.
Additional information for Healthcare Professionals+
Usual formulation brand names
Is tablet/capsule specially coated?
Soluble tablet strength
Sublingual/buccal formulation strength
Transdermal patch strength
Nasal/oral spray Strength
Available as a licensed liquid or special?
Yes - oral suspension
Are specials or imports available?
Is the liquid medicine sugar free?
Licensed for administration via enteral tube
Advice on administration via enteral tube
Give the injection as a first line alternative to administration via enteral feeding tubes. Cefuroxime should not be given via tubes which terminate in the jejunum (NJ, PEJ, PEGJ) as absorption will be reduced. Current resources suggest that it is likely to be safe to administer cefuroxime suspension via enteral feeding tubes which terminate in the stomach. Stop the enteral feed before administration. Draw up the required dose into an enteral syringe then administer via enteral feeding tube. Flush the feeding tube with water before and after administration of the medication. No break in feeding is required after the medication has been administered.