Drug ID: 3d00000055
Drug Name: Cefoxitin
Generic Names: Mefoxin
Legal Status: Non Opioid Prescription only drug
Indication for Mother: Category B :
Animal reproduction studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women OR Animal studies have shown an adverse effect, but adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus in any trimester.
Recommended Dose: Adults- The recommended dose range is 1 gram to 2 grams every six to eight hours.
Pediatric Patients- The recommended dosage is 80 to 160 mg/kg of body weight per day divided into four to six equal doses.
Recommended In: This medication is a broad-spectrum cephalosporin antibiotic, prescribed for serious infections such as respiratory tract infection, urinary tract infection, septicemia, and others. It works by fighting against the bacteria in the body.
Directions For Use: It comes as powder for injection (diluted with fluid), to be administered by a healthcare provider into the vein.
Storage: Store between 2-25°C.
Dosage Forms: Reconstituted vials for Intravenous injection
Side Effects: Local Reactions - Swelling (inflammation) of vein.
Allergic Reactions - Rash, hives, flushing, itching, eosinophilia, fever, difficulty in breathing, and other allergic reactions including anaphylaxis, and angioedema.
Heart - Low blood pressure.
Gastrointestinal - Diarrhea, nausea and vomiting.
Central Nervous System - Myasthenia gravis.
Blood - Eosinophilia, decrease in white blood cells, platelets, anemia, and bone marrow depression.
Liver Function - Elevations in liver enzymes.
In Case of Overdose: If overdose is suspected, contact a poison control center or emergency room immediately.
Avoid If: Caution should be exercised in patients with history of stomach problems, blood clotting problems, kidney or liver impairment, myasthenia gravis, poor nutrition, any allergy, who are taking other medications, elderly, children less than 10 years old, during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
It may cause secondary infection, avoid long-term use of this medication.
Monitor kidney or liver functions and blood cell counts regularly while taking this medication.
Drug Interaction: Some products that may interact with this drug include: aminoglycoside antibiotics (e.g., tobramycin, gentamicin), "blood thinners" (e.g., warfarin), chloramphenicol, probenecid, live bacterial vaccines.
Although most antibiotics probably do not affect hormonal birth control such as pills, patch, or ring, some antibiotics may decrease their effectiveness. This could cause pregnancy. Examples include rifamycins such as rifampin or rifabutin. Be sure to ask your doctor or pharmacist if you should use additional reliable birth control methods while using this antibiotic.
This medication may interfere with certain medical/laboratory tests (e.g., Coombs' test, urine glucose tests, serum or urine creatinine tests), possibly causing false test results. Make sure laboratory personnel and all your doctors know you use this drug.