Compare Ceftin vs. penicillin

Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.

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Treats bacterial infections.

Ceftin (cefuroxime axetil) is good for treating many bacterial infections, but be sure to take the full course without stopping so that the medication can work.

Treats bacterial infections.

Penicillin VK (penicillin) is good at treating strep throat and is cheap, however, it can only be used for certain infections as many bacteria have developed resistance to it.

3.9/ 5 average rating with 1297 reviewsforpenicillin
Upsides
  • Good at treating many types of bacterial infections.
  • Available in several different forms: pill, oral suspension, and injection.
  • Available in generic.
  • Compared to alternatives, Penicillin VK (penicillin) is the preferred choice for treating strep throat infections.
  • This medicine is available as a generic, which is cheap.
  • It’s also available in different forms: pill and liquid.
Downsides
  • Must take the liquid suspension with food.
  • Acid reducers can lower the effectiveness of Ceftin (cefuroxime axetil). Talk to your doctor if you are on acid reducers.
  • Many bacteria are resistant to Penicillin VK (penicillin), so it only works for certain infection typically in ear, nose, and throat.
  • Penicillin VK (penicillin) has a bitter taste. Children might not like the taste.
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Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Oral suspension
  • Injection
  • Pill
  • Liquid
Price
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Reviews
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71%
saidit'sworth it
52%
saiditworked well
12%
saidit'sa big hassle

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Side effects
The Ceftin (cefuroxime axetil) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
The Penicillin VK (penicillin) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
Risks and risk factors
  • Allergic reaction
    • History of penicillin allergy
    • History of cephalosporin allergy
  • New infection
    • Taking Ceftin (cefuroxime axetil) for a long time
  • Diarrhea
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  • Diarrhea
    • Taking Penicillin VK (penicillin) for a long time
  • Interaction with birth control pills
  • Allergic reaction
    • History of severe allergic reaction to Penicillin VK (penicillin)
    • Cephalosporin medication allergy
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