An Overview of the Antibiotic ZINNAT (Cefuroxime)

ZINNAT is the brand name for cefuroxime, an antibiotic used to treat a variety of bacterial infections. ZINNAT comes in tablet, injection, and oral suspension forms. This article will focus specifically on ZINNAT 125mg suspension and provide an overview of its uses, dosing, side effects, and other key details.

Uses of ZINNAT 125mg Oral Suspension

The ZINNAT 125mg/5ml oral suspension is used to treat infections caused by susceptible bacteria including:

  • Ear, nose, throat, and sinus infections
  • Tonsillitis and pharyngitis
  • Lower respiratory tract infections like bronchitis and pneumonia
  • Skin infections and abscesses
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Uncomplicated gonorrhea
  • Early stage Lyme disease

ZINNAT stops bacteria from multiplying by preventing bacteria cell wall synthesis.

ZINNAT 125mg Suspension Dosage Guidelines

  • Adults: The standard dosage is 250mg twice daily, so one 5ml spoonful (125mg) twice a day. More severe infections may require 500mg twice daily.
  • Children: Dosing is based on the child’s weight, up to a maximum of 500mg daily for ages 3 months to 12 years. Ask your pharmacist for the correct dose based on your child’s weight.
  • Renal impairment: Dosage adjustment is required based on creatinine clearance rates. Consult your doctor for specific guidelines.
  • Take doses after food for optimum absorption. Refrigerate the reconstituted suspension.

Side Effects and Safety Concerns

  • Common temporary side effects involve the digestive tract (diarrhea, nausea). Headaches or dizziness may also occur.
  • Severe allergic reactions, yeast infections, and clostridium difficile diarrhea are potential risks requiring prompt medical care.
  • Inform your pharmacist of any other medications you are using, as interactions with ZINNAT are possible.
  • Use caution if driving or operating heavy machinery until you know how this antibiotic affects you.
  • Shake suspensions well before each use. Discard 10 days after mixing.

Reconstituting and Administering the Oral Suspension

  • The granule suspension requires proper mixing, settling, and refrigeration before the first use which takes over an hour. Follow all package directions closely.
  • Use cold (not warm) water and shake vigorously to suspend and dissolve the granules. Refrigerate immediately.
  • Ensure proper periodic shaking before each dose. Use the calibrated dosing device provided.
  • The suspension can be mixed with cold juice or milk for easier intake if desired. However it must be fully dissolved first and given right away.

In summary, ZINNAT is an effective bacterial infection treatment with some important administration instructions and side effects considerations. Consult your pharmacist or doctor with any questions.