Zinnat®

(Zinnat®, Cefuroxime)

Available as tablets or capsules.
Tablets
Available as soluble tablets?
No
Available as a liquid?
Yes
Available as something for placing under your tongue?
No
Available as something for placing on your gum?
-
Available as granules?
-
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+
Generic name
Cefuroxime
Usual formulation brand names
Zinnat®
Is tablet/capsule specially coated?
Yes
Modified release
No
Film coated
Yes
Enteric coated
No
Sugar coated
No
Soluble tablet strength
-
Sublingual/buccal formulation strength
No
Granule strength
-
Transdermal patch strength
-
Injection strength
-
Nasal/oral spray Strength
-
Available as a licensed liquid or special?
Yes - oral suspension
Are specials or imports available?
No
Liquid strengths
125mg/5mL
Is the liquid medicine sugar free?
No
Licensed for administration via enteral tube
No
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.
Notes
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