What is Zinnat?
Zinnat is a course of antibiotics. The active substance cefuroxim belongs to the group of cefalosporine-antibiotics: drugs against bacterial infections. Because this drug reaches most tissues and the urinary tract through the blood, it is suitable for treating various types of bacterial infections in the body.
What is Zinnat used for?
A Zinnat course of antibiotics can be described for many conditions. It is used - among others - for respiratory infections (e.g. bronchitis, pharingitis, ear infection), cystitis, skin infections, the disease of Lyme and the STD gonorrhoea.
How do I use Zinnat?
The Zinnat tablets must be swallowed whole during or immediately after the meal with some water. Do not chew the tablets: they taste very bitter. Zinnat is therefore not used for children under 5 years.
Attention: Always take the whole course of antibiotics, even if the symptoms are gone. If you stop treatment earlier the infection can return.
A Zinnat tablet contains 250 mg cefuroxim. The dosage depends on the condition you use the drug for. The doctor will tell you how often and for how long you must take Zinnat.
The general directives for dosage are as follows for most conditions:
Adults and children of 5 years and over: 1 tablet twice a day. The length of the course varies from 5 to 10 days depending on the condition. Consult the leaflet for more information.
The dosage is different for Lyme disease and gonorrhoea. Always follow the doctor's advice.
A forgotten dose can be taken later, unless it is almost time for the next dose. In that case you take the forgotten dose at the end of the course. That way, you are sure you complete the course.
During the Zinnat course of antibiotics you could have side effects. The most common reported side effects of this drug are -among others:
- stomach and/or intestinal complaints (diarrhoea, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pains).
- fungal infections to the mucosa in the mouth/throat cavity, vagina or anus
- deviations in the blood count
Consult a doctor if the side effects are severe. The leaflet will provide more information about possible counter indications, warnings and possible other side effects.
Zinnat may only be used during pregnancy or breastfeeding in consultation with the doctor.