Drug Ratings for CEFZIL

Average Rating: 1.9 (69 Ratings)

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 1  tonsilitis My son was put on this antibiotic for a 3rd round of tonsillitis in 4 mths, he was fine for the first 8 days and then after his first dose on the 9th day that evening he started to vomit and while he was vomiting he would have a red hivey rash that would disappear after he finished throwing up, I have noticed he doesn't drink as much the last day or so and he has decreased urine output. I am scared he is only 21/2 yrs old. M 2 10 days
250MG 2X D
12/19/2013
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 1  Spider bite Severe hives ... From head to toe. It's so bad it's all over my husbands penis, on his butt, legs and on his head. He has stopped taken the medication over a week now and the hives are still popping up all over his body. He looks like a monster. I still love him very much. Very concerned wife In Oakland ca. M 46 10 days
500 mg
10/21/2013

 1  sinus infection uti Hives My 2 yr took this medicine in march. After 7 days she broke out in hives. The dr said it was from a virus. We just took this drug again last week after 7 days she broke out in hives from head to toe. They then formed huge patches all over her. We are on day 3 of benadryl as the hives go away and the benadryl wears off more hives come. F 2 7 days
3 ml 2X D
8/19/2013
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 1  sinus/ear infections Severe hives after day 7 on the med. Chest pains muscle aches and severe anxiety also. I still have hives popping up hate this med. F 35 7 days
250mg
8/18/2013

 3  Sinus infection Extreme moodiness,hyper F 39 10 days
250mg
7/22/2013
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 3  Child's ear infection My daughter is allergic to penicillin, so cefprozil is considered a safe alternative. today was a 7th day of 10 day course when she developed severe hives all over body as soon as she woke up. No more of this medicine for her from now on, she had been taking Benadryl and as soon as it wears off more hives are coming and itching, joint pain. Doc said it will probably be the case for the next few days until this cefzil is out of the system completely. Doc said if it gets worse to come back ASAP. I was warned by my daughters doctors in the past that 10percent of people with penicillin allergy develop allergy to cephalosporin antibiotics. F 6 7 days
2X D
7/12/2013
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 3  Child's ear infection no side effects until last day of course. He broke out in rash and hives all over his body. Continues to break out now, every day and we are 8 days PAST his last day of the course. Doctor and pharmacist say it can't be Cepzil that is now causing chronic hives and itching every day--but we have changed NOTHING in his diet and/or anything in his environment. Will NEVER allow my child to be given this medication again. M 6 10 days
1 tsp. 2X D
5/27/2013
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1X D
5/20/2013

 2  Sinus infection Vomiting, stomach cramps, headaches, and fatigue. Will not take again F 20 10 days
500
4/16/2013

 1  Pain in leg - varicose veins Severe nausea and vomiting within 1.5 hour of taking the drug. Stopped immediately M 61 1 days
500 2X D
3/5/2013

 1  Sinus infection Diarrhea, SEVERE hives all over body! Had to go to the ER twice. The hives were so scary (in hair, on face, legs, chest, sides, back, legs) I would NEVER take this product again. F 37 7 days
250 2X D
2/11/2013

 1  Bacterial lung infection On the 4th day into cefzil I suffered a minor stroke, which luckily caused no permanent damage. It probably would have been way worse but it happened at the right place at the right time with someone who knew the signs and symptoms of a stroke. M 21 10 days
500
1/29/2013

 1  Ear infection I would get very nauseous and uncomfortable after taking this pill and I'm almost done my dose and my ear infection still hurts! Didn't work, just made me feel worse. F 21 8 days
500
1/16/2013

 1  infected toe Atfer 2nd dose I began vomiting and had rerrible headache. Did not take 3rd dose. Had dr. Switch to z pack. F 40 1 days
1/9/2013

 2  Sinus infection Terrible fatigue, muscle pain, especially in my legs. The cure was worse than the sinus infection. F 38 6 days
12/20/2012

 1  Pneumonia My son started taking this after azithromax did nothing. After the second dose on the first day he had a massive bloody nose and started throwing up. The second night woke up throwing up again. Third morning had horrible diarrhea gave him a dose and he threw up again. He refuses to eat so that' makes everything worse. I called the doc and they basically said too bad that's what happens with a strong antibiotic. I try to give probiotics but he refuses. It is only day 3 and I am scared of how long this will continue. I can hardly get him to drink water. I have to say his cough has gotten much better. M 2 10 days
1tsp 2xd
12/2/2012

 2  Ear Infection Yeast Infection and headaches This did not work at all. Took the medication as prescribed never missed a dosed and was told to take it every 10-12 hrs and my ear infection is still there. F 27 10 days
500MG 2X D
10/22/2012
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 2  Lymph node infection Rash developed on the tops of both of my thighs, started getting stomach cramps and anxiety attacks F 28 3 days
250 MG 2X D
7/20/2012

 4  throat infection A bit of anxiety, but nothing bad. Nothing to fear unless your allergic to penicillin. No diarrhea, but take probiotic 4-6 hours after dose. Took care of the infection by day 3-4. Only downside is that 10days is long. Would take again if ever diagnosed with infection. M 35 10 days
500mg 2X D
6/14/2012

 1  Spider bite Terrible cramps and yeast infection F 18 10 days
500
1/29/2012

 1  Ear infection in my daughter After one dose my 5 1/2 year old daughter was extremely irritable , crying easily , not even going to take the 2nd dose . Asked the dr to switch it . The same thing happened 2 months ago she was also prescribed cefzil for an ear infection and I didn't pick up on it til we were a week into the medication but she acted the same way for 10 days . I will never use cefzil again ...... F 5
250mg 2X W
1/20/2012

 1  tonsilitus Began w/ horrible anxiety and crying and led to feeling of complete depression- dis-connected and lack of emotion. Horrified. Called dr. on 5th day, did not take it again and he called in augmentin. F 36 4 days
500mg 2X D
4/15/2011
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 3  pneumonia My daughter is on day four of her prescription. So far, the only side effect I've noticed is increased moodiness - generally unhappy mood. She gets upset more easily and cries more easily. F 6 3 days
250 mg/5ml 2X D
4/13/2011

 3  sinus infection first meds didnt work so perscriped cefzil.Almost done & daughter has been feeling ill, headaches daily, anxiety, tired, moody. Other symptoms are better. When very young experienced a rash with this medicine. Dr. wanted to try again since it was in the second family of penicilin. I am discontinuing & not finishing this medicine. Has any one else have the anxiety & moodiness? F 16 14 days
250mg 2X D
3/15/2011
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 1  sinus infection Within the first few days of taking the medication I had some small bumps (what I now know were hives) on my lower scalp. I did not realize that I was having a small allergic reaction to the medicine when I noticed these so I continued taking cefzil. I had skipped a few doses by accident and when I finished taking the medicine my lip had a huge hive on it and so did my right arm. I took my prescribed allegra and they went away within a few hours. Later that night it returned and I had hives all over my body. Less than a day and a half later the hives merged into huge patches covering my whole back, stomach, chest and neck. They also covered my whole scalp and spots on my face. My eyes became extremely puffy and then my lips became so swollen they were numb. The doc recommended benadryl and allegra. I took it and a few days later the hives subsided but my hands and feet became swollen and itchy which later subsided. If you feel anything unusual happening when you take this medicine stop taking it IMMEDIATELY. This allergic reaction was the most horrible thing I have ever experienced. F 16 10 days
unknown 2X D
3/10/2011

 1  Early Strep Diagnosis On morning of 8th day 10 year old daughter woke with itchy uncomfortable hives - freaked me out - thought some bug had eaten her alive!! Turns out totally allergy to Cefzil. Had no idea it would take days to identify a reaction...only had 1.5 days left on the meds. Doc prescribed steroid, allergy OTC zyrtec, pepcid and new antibiotic. She has taken penecillin, amoxicillin with no problems. Also, not sure if related to this antibiotic, but while on it developed sleeplessness at night and inability to fall asleep which developed into pattern of insomnia. Never have experienced this problemn with her either. F 40 8 days
150 2X D
9/16/2010

 2  BRONCHITIS/SINUS INFECTION HORRID CHEST PAINS I CANNOT TAKE THIS ANTI B ANYMORE. AT FIRST I DID NOT ATTRIBUTE THE CHEST ACHE AND PAIN TO THIS DRUG AS I AM ON A FEW OTHER THINGS AS WELL BUT IT BECAME CLEAR TO ME THE LAST 2 DAYS OF TAKING IT THAT THE PAIN WOULD HAPPEN SHORTLY AFTER MY DOSE AND MY OTHER PILLS DO NOT GIVE ME CHEST PAINS. IT GTO SO BAD THAT LAST NIGHT THE EMS CAME I ACTUALLY THOUGHT I HAD A HEART PROBLEM, THEY CHECKED ME OUT AND OTHER THAN SINUS TACH THEY SAID I WAS OK AND IT PROB WAS THIS ANTI BIOTIC CANNOT TAKE IT AGAIN. IN ALL FAIRNESS I AM VERY VERY SENSITIVE TO ANTI BIOTICS, I HAD A SEVERE ALLERGIC REACTION TO LEVAQUIN AND NEARLY DIED. THE ONLY ANTI BIOTIC THAT I THINK IS SAFE (AND CAN TAKE)IS AMOXICILLIN BUT UNFORTUNATELY THE DR SAYS THIS IS NOT STRONG ENOUGH FOR WHAT I HAVE AND I DON'T THINK IT IS EITHER. IF ANYONE HAS ANY SUGGESTIONS PLEASE EMAIL! THANKS :) F 30 4 days
500 MG 2X D
8/1/2010
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 1  UTI and possible Strep HIVES My daughter is allergic to Penicillin and Sulfa, but the doctor assured me that there is really only less then 10% chance that she would be allergic to this. She had a very bad UTI and possible Strep. 8 Days after she started taking it, I noticed some hives on her legs. We stopped taking it immediately and now, it's been 3 days since we stopped and it has gotten 10 times worse! The hives on her thighs are very severe and I'm hoping it doesn't spread anywhere else. I started to see a few on her face. F 6 8 days
250mg 2X D
5/20/2010
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 3  sinus infection/ear infection nausea, headace, fatigue, irritablity, mucle weakness, aches...feel like I have the flu...feel absolutely horrible.. First time I have taken it...thought I would feel better by now...on day three and think I will call Dr. on Mon. F 36 3 days
1/24/2010

 1  UTI Horrible hives all over my body, swelling of hands, feet, eyelids and lips, and aches all over. Hives got so bad I had to go to the Emergency Room where they gave me steroids to help my inflamation. Took Benadryl and Pepcid which helped the itching and reduced the hives. I would not recommend this to anyone, I was very miserable. F 14 7 days
1/24/2010

 4  Infected Lymph Nodes Horrible Yeast Infection F 31 6 days
12/19/2009

 4  post-H1N1 pneumonia ANXIETY!!! Effective, but definite nervousness noted! Cleared up 6 year old's pneumonia really well, but he developed anxiety "I'm scared" was the refrain from about day 3 thru day 10. (I noticed by mother also became anxious when on the same med a few months ago) M 6 10 days
11/16/2009

 1  ear infection severe hives and rash over entire body, extreme swelling in hands and feet, fever F 7 8 days
3/25/2009

 1  swimmer's ear EXTREME nausea within a few minutes of taking. I took one dose of this medicine 13 years ago, and my life has NEVER been the same! I have suffered from nausea ever since. I have even had to go to a university medical center, where they blame this medicine for disrupting my stomach. Cefzil has forever changed my life. Please, NEVER take this medicine! F 27 1 days
1/4/2009

 1  ear infection severe itching, rash, severve hives on torso legs arms, tops of feet, esecially under arms, back and neck Doc rec benadryl to combat the alergic reaction and to notify my child's pharmacist that he cannot take Cefzil M 3 7 days
12/9/2008

 1  sinus infection Severe vomiting and diarrhea My daughter had taken cefadroxil a while ago, prescribed by her dermatologist. She experienced vomiting with that drug. Her doctor prescribed cefzil, and I didn't realize it was similar. F 17 5 days
11/11/2008

 2  ear infection vomitting and nausea stopped taking early due to side effects M 5 3 days
10/10/2008

 2  Bronchitis Just a terrible yeast infection. F 48 10 days
12/23/2007

 1  Sinisitus Hives, severe headaches, dizzy, nausea,swollen ankles, feet and hands, rash all over body after being on the medicine for the 10th day. It cleared my sinuses, however it had severe side effects. F 43 10 days
10/8/2007

 2  ear infection Severe hives on torso, primarily under the arms, and fever for 2 days of 102 FIVE DAYS AFTER starting the medicine. I am terribly allergic to penicillin, so I do not understand why my doctor prescribed this medicine. I am finding out now that people with penicillin allergies should not take Cefzil. The hives are severe (I still have them) and had they presented inside rather than outside my body I would have been in real trouble. Even though I finished the medicine for fear that the ear infection would not go away, I will never take this medicine again. I really should have stopped it, but my doctor was on vacation, not that asking him would have made a difference. Make sure that you take the lead on your health care. When your doctor gives you a prescription, before you take it look up the side effects. Insist that the doctor makes sure that there are no contradictions with other medicines you take. Finally, carefully monitor your own progress or that of your loved one. No one should have to suffer because the doctor is busy getting ready to go on vacation and slips and gives a medicine tha F 52 10 days
8/13/2007

 1  sinus infection had a pretty severe allgergic reacion. my entire face blew up like a balloon and did not go down for about 5 days, even after I quit this just one day after starting. my ears almost felt numb, and they were swollen too. this antibiotic caused more problems for me than the infection is was intended to treat. god awful. F 22 1 days
8/11/2007

 3  infection from blocked saliva duct some mild diareaha, worst problem I have exeperienced is severe headaches at night. Cures infection but headaches are severe. M 47 5 days
4/1/2007

 5  Severe sinus ifection After 1st dose, day one, an odd light headed, dizzy feeling with rapid movement, standing, turning head. Overall, helping me get over this infection, but the medication makes me have to stay close to home F 47 3 days
2/24/2007

 2  Ear infection Vomiting,Diahorrea,Fever, M 2 4 days
1/28/2007

 1  Celulitis Severe Vomiting, and diareah. Vomiting upto 8 times a day, and BM upto 10 times a day. Loss of appitite for 3 days after stopping the med. My son was on cefzil because he had celulitis. As if celulitis was not scary enough, he had problems with the medication. As we were going into day 4 of taking it, he woke up at 4:30am, 5:30am, 6:30am, and then again at 8:30am vomiting severely, to the point of dry heaves. That day when he awoke, he vomited some more and then diareah started. This was a Sunday, he kept doing this until Tuesday, when I finally said FORGET IT, and took him off of it. The Doctor said that since his celulitis was improved, that he did not need anymore treatment unless it came back. I will NEVER put one of my children on this drug again. EVER. It also made him loose his appitite the whole time upto 3 days after. THE SYMPTOMS STOPPED AFTER I SKIPPED THE NEXT DOSE. INSTANTLY. M 6 6 days
1/12/2007
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 1  sinus infection and other We gave my daughter the first dose as soon as we got home and fed her a small meal. Within an hour or two of taking it she went into a hard seizure. She has never had a seizure ever.She was still in it when we got to the hospital which was only 5 minutes away. That was 3 years ago and we steer clear of all ceflaspore products. M 4 1 days
12/24/2006

 5  sinus infection light diarrhea but not enough to warrant not taking it again. I have chronic sinusitis from allergies, but one time it got very severe. My doctor gave me Cipro, didn't work, then after having an allergic reaction to Tequin my doctor gave me Cefzil. The sinus infection that had gone on for months causing a great deal of anquish and scorching pain with every breath was made clear within a day of taking it. After taking the full course, I felt alive again. It's helped cure two more severe sinus infections I've had over the last few years. It really works better than anything else with me. F 36 10 days
11/10/2006

 5  strep throat Vomiting after the first dose, more likely due to high fever or the aweful taste of the oral suspension. After two doses and a good night sleep the fever of 103 was gone in the morning and only a slight sore throat remains. Very satisfied with the speed of relief of symptoms. F 6 1 days
11/3/2006

 1  Animal Attack wounds infected severe reaction. Swelling, hard to breathe, stiff and achey joints. Continued effects 1 year later. After being attacked by a wild cat, within 12 hour all wounds were infected. The doctor said I needed a "gorilla antiboitic" and put me on cefzil. I took cefzil for 1 week, 1 week after I quit taking the medicine I swelled up like a baloon. I have never had this happen to me before I took this medicine. Now roughly 2 times a month I swell up for no reason at all, I'll wake up with swollen lips, stiff joints, shortness of breath. F 25 7 days
9/18/2006
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 3  pneumonia No problems until day 3. By night 3 I experienced diahrrea, by morning nausea both day 3 and 4. I was previously on Zithromax with terrible side effects and allergic reaction, then they wanted me on Levaquin, I said no way! Cefprozil (Cefzil) so far has been the only one I can possibly tolerate. But I question it has further assisted my pneumonia, I feel the original Zithromax for 3 days of pills got me on my way well...I still have rumbling and fluid in my left lung. Will be talking to doctor about weather this drug really is going to cover and cure my pneumonia. It's better than Zithromax regarding side effects for me. Diahrrea, nausea. Still hasn't further gotten rid of my pneumonia. Also have lower back pain that was going away, and is now back on my left lobe (lung). Not sure how much good has really accomplished, but has been the only drug I have been able to tolerate for the pneumonia. No hives for me as I read for others, but some itchiness on my face. No anaphalactic shock like the other drug I took by dy 3. F 46 4 days
3/20/2006

 2  possible strep throat hyper activity; difficultly sleeping M 2 1 days
3/1/2006

 1  bronchial infection Vomoting and diarrhea. Started about 45 minutes after first dose and lasted about 6 hours. I have never felt so sick in my life. Could not keep any liquid down. Vomoting and diarrhea was so bad, I lost 3.5 lbs of fluid during these 6 hours. F 34 1 days
2/24/2006

 4  possible strep throat Taking 500 mg twice a day; lower back & stomach cramps; bladder sensitivity Throat feels about 75% better after 2 pills (1 day). F 37 1 days
12/10/2005

 1  bronkitus covered in hives, after 7 days, quite severe i would not reccomend it to anyone F 59 7 days
11/5/2005
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 4  low grade temp 4 days, weak, tired Taking 250 mg twice per day for 10 days. Feel slightly floaty like I'm on medication. No other noticeable symptoms. I think drainage from congestion is going to my lungs, so hoping this med will continue to fight that potential infection. F 42 10 days
10/13/2005

 4  strep throat my grandson became very hyper on the 2nd day. Today is the 3rd day. Seven to go! I don't see where anyone else listed this as a side effect. M 6 10 days
8/21/2005
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 4  poss strep throat hives entire body & face F 9 7 days
7/24/2005

 1  sinus infection bad cramps and diarrhea, horrible yeast infection F 8 days
6/11/2005

 1  ear infection vomiting, stomach cramping after first dose F 34 1 days
5/1/2005

 1  sinus infection after 7 days I experienced shortness of breath, itching, nose bleed, exhaustion, and generally felt worse than before the medication..shortness of breath was quite scary! F 68 7 days
4/11/2005

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