Neonatal Drug Therapy Manual


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Alternate Name(s): 
Antibiotic Cephalosporin
Original Date: 
August 2003
Revised Date: 
April 2017
  • Treatment of infections due to susceptible organisms
  • IV direct: over 3 - 5 minutes
  • IV intermittent infusion: over 15 - 30 minutes
  • Neonates:
    • 50 - 100 mg/kg/day divided Q12H
  • Infants (corrected GA > 42 weeks and PNA > 4 weeks):
    • 75 - 150 mg/kg/day divided Q8H

Dosage adjustment required in renal impairment.  Refer to available references or clinical pharmacist for dosage adjustment.

Side Effects: 
  • Hematologic: transient neutropenia and leukopenia, decreased hemoglobin, eosinophilia
  • Hepatic: transient elevation of liver enzymes
  • Renal: increased BUN and serum creatinine
Parameters to Monitor: 
  • CBC
  • BUN and serum creatinine
  • Liver function tests
Reconstitution and Stability: 


  • Cefuroxime 750 mg vial (doses < 200 mg)
    • Add 7 mL SWFI to vial
    • Take 4 mL (400 mg) and add to 16 mL D5W
    • Final concentration: 20 mg/mL
  • Cefuroxime 750 mg vial (doses > 200 mg)
    • Add 7 mL SWFI to vial
    • Final concentration: 100 mg/mL


  • Cefuroxime 750 mg vial
    • Add 7 mL SWFI to vial

    • Take 4 mL (400 mg) and add to 16 mL D5W

    • Final concentration: 20 mg/mL


- Solutions Compatible: D5W, D10W, 0.9% NaCl, dextrose-saline combinations

- Y-site Compatible: acyclovir, dexmedetomidine, famotidine, hydromorphone, metronidazole, milrinone, morpine, TPN

Incompatible: fluconazole, midazolam, vancomycin


-Taketomo CK, Hodding JH, Kraus DM. Pediatric Dosage Handbook 22nd Edition. Hudson: Lexi-Comp Inc.; 2015.

-American Society on Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP). Handbook on Injectable Drugs. 19th Edition. Bethesda: American Society of Health-System Pharmacists; 2017


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