Consumer Medicine Information
What is in this leaflet?
Please read this leaflet carefully before you take ZINNAT tablets.
This leaflet answers some common questions about ZINNAT. It does not contain all of the available information.
It does not take the place of talking to your doctor or pharmacist.
All medicines have risks and benefits. Your doctor has weighed the expected benefits of you taking ZINNAT against the risks this medicine could have for you.
If you have any concerns about taking this medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Keep this leaflet with the medicine. You may need to read it again.
What ZINNAT is used for
ZINNAT works by killing bacteria (germs) that cause infections such as infections of the:
- ear, nose and throat
- lungs or chest
- urinary tract
- skin and soft tissues
ZINNAT is also used to treat sexually transmitted infections (urethritis and cervictis)
ZINNAT belongs to a group of medicines called cephalosporin antibiotics.
ZINNAT is not addictive.
Before you take ZINNAT tablets
Do not take if
You must not take ZINNAT tablets if:
- you have ever had an allergic reaction to cefuroxime, penicillin or any of the ingredients listed toward the end of this leaflet. (See Ingredients)
- the expiry date (EXP) printed on the pack has passed.
- the packaging is torn or shows signs of tampering.
Tell your doctor if:
You must tell your doctor if:
- you are allergic to foods, dyes, preservatives or any other medicines.
- you have had to stop taking another medicine for your infection.
- you test your urine for sugar. ZINNAT tablets may interfere with some urine tests.
- you have kidney problems.
- you are pregnant, think you may be pregnant or are breastfeeding.
- you are taking any other medicines, including medicines you buy without a prescription.
- you need a blood test. ZINNAT can affect the results of a test for blood sugar levels, or a blood screen called the Coombs test.
- you are taking the contraceptive pill. ZINNAT may reduce how well the contraceptive pill works.
How to use it
Take your complete course of tablets as your doctor has prescribed. Do not stop just because you feel better, as the medicine may not have killed all the germs and you may start feeling unwell again.
How much to take
Take ZINNAT tablets as directed by your doctor or pharmacist. The usual dose of ZINNAT is one 250 mg tablet twice a day. Your doctor may have prescribed a different dosage.
How to take it
The tablet should be swallowed whole with a drink of water.
ZINNAT tablets work better when taken after food.
How long to take it
ZINNAT tablets should be taken for 7 to 10 days. Your doctor may prescribe a different duration of treatment.
if you take too much (Overdose)
Immediately telephone your doctor or Poisons Information Centre (telephone 131126) for advice, or go to Accident and Emergency at the nearest hospital, if you think you or anyone else may have taken too much ZINNAT, even if there are no signs of discomfort or poisoning. You may need urgent medical attention.
If you are not sure what to do, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
While you are taking ZINNAT tablets
Things you must do
Tell your doctor if, for any reason, you have not taken your medicine exactly as directed. Otherwise, your doctor may think that it was not effective and change your treatment unnecessarily.
If you forget to take it
If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the dose you missed and take your next dose when you are meant to. Otherwise, take it as soon as you remember then go back to taking it as you would normally.
Do not take a double dose to make up for the dose that you missed.
Things you must not do
Do not give this medicine to anyone else, even if their symptoms seem similar to yours.
Do not use ZINNAT tablets to treat any other complaints unless your doctor tells you to.
Be careful driving or operating machinery until you know how ZINNAT affects you.
Check with your doctor as soon as possible if you think you are having any side effects or allergic reactions due to ZINNAT tablets, even if the problem is not listed below.
Like other medicines, ZINNAT tablets can cause some side-effects. If they occur, they are most likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and need medical attention.
The most commonly reported side-effects are:
- abdominal pain,
- nausea or vomiting,
- mild diarrhoea,
- indigestion or wind,
- dry mouth.
Tell your doctor immediately if you notice any of the following:
- skin rash, which may blister, and looks like small targets (central dark spots surrounded by a paler area, with a dark ring around the edge) erythema multiforme
- a widespread rash with blisters and skin peeling on much of the body surface (toxic epidermal necrolysis), particularly around the mouth, nose, eyes and genitals (Stevens-Johnson syndrome)
- an overgrowth of yeast (Candida) in the body which can lead to fungal infections (such as thrush). This side effect is more likely if you take ZINNAT for a long time.
- persistent diarrhoea, even if it occurs sometime after you have stopped taking your ZINNAT.
If you think you are having an allergic reaction to ZINNAT tablets, STOP TAKING THE TABLETS AND TELL YOUR DOCTOR IMMEDIATELY or go to the casualty department at your nearest hospital. Symptoms usually include some or all of the following:
- swelling of the lips/mouth
- difficulty in breathing
- lumpy rash ("hives")
This is not a complete list of all possible side-effects. Others may occur in some people and there may be some side-effects not yet known.
Do not be alarmed by this list of possible side-effects. You may not experience any of them.
After using it
Keep this medicine where children cannot reach it, such as in a locked cupboard.
Keep ZINNAT tablets in a cool, dry place where it stays below 30 degrees C. Do not leave in a car, on a window sill or in a bathroom.
Keep your ZINNAT in its pack until it is time to take it.
Return any unused or expired medicine to your pharmacist.
What it looks like
Zinnat 125 mg and 250 mg tablets are present in blister and strip packs.
Zinnat Tablets 125 mg: White, film coated, capsule shaped, biconvex tablets engraved "GXES5" on one face and blank on the other and available in pack sizes of 2, 10, 14 and 50.
Zinnat Tablets 250 mg: White, film coated, capsule shaped, biconvex tablets engraved "GXES7" on one face and blank on the other and available in packs of 2, 10, 14, 20 and 50.
Not all strengths/pack sizes are distributed in Australia.
ZINNAT tablets contain 125 or 250 mg of the active ingredient cefuroxime (as cefuroxime axetil).
ZINNAT also contains the following inactive ingredients:
- microcrystalline cellulose
- croscarmellose sodium
- vegetable oil-hydrogenated
- sodium lauryl sulfate
- colloidal anhydrous silica hypromellose
- propylene glycol
- Opaspray White M-1-7120
- methyl hydroxybenzoate
- propyl hydroxybenzoate.
Your ZINNAT is supplied by:
Aspen Pharmacare Australia Pty Ltd
34-36 Chandos Street
St Leonards, NSW 2065
The information provided applies only to: ZINNAT tablets.
ZINNAT cefuroxime 250mg (as axetil) tablet strip pack: AUST R 44092
ZINNAT cefuroxime 250mg (as axetil) tablet blister pack: AUST R 47621
ZINNAT Cefuroxime 125mg (as axetil) tablet strip pack: AUST R 44091
ZINNAT Cefuroxime 125mg (as axetil) tablet blister pack: AUST R 47620
This leaflet was revised in 11 November 2019
Published by MIMS January 2020