The most common adverse reactions are neutropenia, eosinophilia, transient rise in liver enzymes or bilirubin, particularly in patients with pre-existing liver disease, but there is no evidence of harm to the liver and injection site reactions.
The frequency categories assigned to the adverse reactions as follows are estimates, as for most reactions suitable data for calculating incidence are not available. In addition the incidence of adverse reactions associated with ZINACEF may vary according to the indication.
Data from clinical trials were used to determine the frequency of very common to rare adverse reactions. The frequencies assigned to all other adverse reactions (i.e. those occurring at <1/10,000) were mainly determined using post-marketing data, and refer to a reporting rate rather than a true frequency.
Treatment related adverse reactions, all grades, are listed as follows by MedDRA body system class, frequency and grade of severity. The following convention has been used for the classification of frequency: very common ≥1/10; common ≥1/100 to <1/10; uncommon ≥1/1,000 to <1/100; rare ≥1/10,000 to <1/1,000; very rare <1/10,000 and not known (cannot be estimated from the available data). (See Table 2.)
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Paediatric population: The safety profile for cefuroxime sodium in children is consistent with the profile in adults.