Indian journal of pediatrics

Pediatric tonsillopharyngitis--an evaluation of cefprozil in Indian patients.

PMID 15280609


The emergence of penicillin resistant strains and the presence of co-pathogens have made the treatment of bacterial infections in children a challenge. Streptococcal tonsillopharyngitis, which is a common infection has been well treated with cefprozil, a novel third generation cephalosporin. The aim of the present study was to evaluate cefprozil in pediatric tonsillopharyngitis. An assessment of the clinical cure and bacteriological eradication rates and an overall tolerability was made. It was a prospective, open, non-comparative multicentric study. 316 children (mean age 6.61 years) with tonsillopharyngitis were included. Patients were given cefprozil susp 15 mg/kg/day in two divided doses a day for 10 days. A clinical cure of 96.6% and bacteriological eradication of 94.29% was achieved with cefprozil. Overall tolerability of cefprozil was assessed by physicians and 46% rated tolerability of cefprozil as excellent, 38% as very good, 10% as good, 6% as fair and none as poor. Cefprozil has been found to be an excellent drug of superior microbiological and clinical activity in the treatment of pediatric patients with tonsillopharyngitis. The drug also has an expanded spectrum.