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Cefoxitin Injection

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Why is this medication prescribed?

Bacterial illnesses such as pneumonia and other lower respiratory tract (lung) infections, as well as infections of the urinary tract, abdominal region, female reproductive organs, blood, bones, and joints, and skin, are treated with cefoxitin injection. To avoid the patient obtaining an infection during surgery, cefoxitin injection may also be administered. Cefoxitin injection is a member of the cephamycin antibiotics drug class. It eliminates bacteria to operate.

Colds, the flu, and other viral diseases cannot be treated with antibiotics such as cefoxitin injection. Antibiotic use that is not necessary raises the likelihood of developing a later infection that is resistant to antibiotic treatment.

How should this medicine be used?

Cefoxitin injection is available as a powder that must be dissolved in a liquid and administered intravenously (into a vein). Cefoxitin injection is also offered as a premixed drug for intravenous injection. Typically, it is administered every six to eight hours. The type of illness you have and how your body reacts to the medication will determine how long your treatment will last.

Cefoxitin injections can be administered either in a hospital setting or at home. Your healthcare practitioner will instruct you on how to utilise the medication if you will be receiving cefoxitin injection at home. Make sure you comprehend these instructions, and if you have any issues, consult your healthcare professional.

During the initial days of cefoxitin injectable therapy, you should start to feel better. Call your doctor if your symptoms don’t go away or get worse.

Even if you feel better, keep using the cefoxitin injection until the prescription is finished. Your illness could not be entirely treated if you stop using cefoxitin injection too soon or skip doses, and the bacteria might develop an antibiotic resistance.

Other uses for this medicine

Injections of cefoxitin are occasionally used to treat gonorrhoea (a sexually transmitted disease). The dangers of using this drug for your illness should be discussed with your doctor.

Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more details if you believe this drug should be used for something else.

What special precautions should I follow?

Before taking cefoxitin injection,

  • If you have an allergy to cefoxitin, tell your doctor and pharmacist. Cephalosporin antibiotics include cefaclor, cefadroxil, cefazolin (Ancef, Kefzol), cefdinir, cefditoren (Spectracef), cefepime (Maxipime), cefixime (Suprax), cefotaxime (Claforan), cefotetan, cefpodoxime (Fortaz, Tazicef, in Avycaz), penicillin antibiotics, any other drugs, or the drugs ceftibuten (Cedax), ceftriaxone (Rocephin), cefuroxime (Zinacef), and cephalexin (Keflex). Moreover, let your doctor know if you have a reaction to any of the cefoxitin injection’s components. Get a list of the components from your pharmacist.
  • Inform your doctor and pharmacist about all prescription and over-the-counter drugs, vitamins, dietary supplements, and herbal products that you are now taking or intend to use. Include kanamycin, neomycin (Neo-Fradin), probenecid (Probalan), streptomycin, and tobramycin in your list of medications. Your physician might need to adjust the dosage of your drugs or keep a close eye on you for side effects.
  • If you have or have ever had allergies, myasthenia gravis (a nervous system disorder that causes muscle weakness), gastrointestinal disease (GI; affecting the stomach or intestines), particularly colitis (condition that causes swelling in the lining of the colon [large intestine], or kidney disease, let your doctor know.
  • Inform your physician if you are nursing a baby, intend to get pregnant, or are already pregnant. Call your doctor if you become pregnant while taking cefoxitin injectable.

What special dietary instructions should I follow?

Keep eating normally unless your doctor instructs you otherwise.

What should I do if I forget a dose?

The missed dose should be taken as soon as you remember. If the next dose is soon due, skip the missed one and carry on with your regular dosing plan. To make up for a missing dose, do not take a second one.

What side effects can this medication cause?

The injection of cefoxitin may have negative effects. If any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away, let your doctor know right once:

  • Pale skin, weakness, or breathlessness when working out
  • Pain, redness, swelling, or bleeding close to the injection site for cefoxitin
  • Diarrhea

Some adverse effects may be severe. Stop using cefoxitin injection immediately and contact your doctor or seek emergency medical attention if you suffer any of the following symptoms:

  • Stomach pains, fever, or bloody or watery stools while receiving treatment or for two or more months after it is stopped
  • Flushing
  • Rash
  • Skin that is flaking, blistering, or shedding
  • Itching
  • Hives
  • Yellow eyes or skin
  • Face, throat, tongue, lips, and eye swelling
  • Breathing or swallowing challenges
  • Hoarseness
  • Less urinations
  • Swelling of the feet and legs
  • A recurrence of fever, sore throat, chills, or any other infection-related symptoms

Other negative effects from cefoxitin injection are possible. If you have any strange side effects while taking this medicine, contact your doctor right away.

You or your doctor can submit a report to the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting programme online or by phone if you have a serious side event (1-800-332-1088).

What should I know about storage and disposal of this medication?

The best way to preserve your medication will be advised by your doctor. Just as prescribed, only store your prescription. Be sure to know the right way to store your medications.

Unused prescriptions must be disposed of carefully to prevent pets, kids, and other people from ingesting them. You should not, however, dispose of this medication in the toilet. Instead, utilising a medicine take-back programme is the easiest approach to get rid of your medication. To find out about take-back programmes in your area, speak with your pharmacist or the garbage/recycling department in your city. If you do not have access to a take-back programme, see the FDA’s Safe Disposal of Medications website at for additional information.

In case of emergency/overdose

Call the poison control hotline at 1-800-222-1222 in the event of an overdose. Moreover, information can be found online at Call 911 right once if the person has collapsed, experienced a seizure, is having difficulty breathing, or cannot be roused.

What other information should I know?

Keep all of your appointments with your physician and the lab. To monitor how your body reacts to cefoxitin injection, your doctor may request specific lab tests.

Inform the lab staff and your doctor that you are taking cefoxitin injection prior to any laboratory test.

If you have diabetes and test your urine for glucose while taking this medication, use Clinistix or TesTape (not Clinitest).

It is important for you to keep a written list of all of the prescription and nonprescription (over-the-counter) medicines you are taking, as well as any products such as vitamins, minerals, or other dietary supplements. You should bring this list with you each time you visit a doctor or if you are admitted to a hospital. It is also important information to carry with you in case of emergencies.

Brand names

  • Mefoxin®
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