Generic Name: Cefoxitin

  • What is Cefoxitin?

    Cefoxitin is an antibiotic used to treat certain bacterial infections of the blood, lower respiratory (lung) tract, urinary tract, bone, joints, skin, or abdomen, as well as gynecologic infections. Cefoxitin is also used before surgery to prevent infections. It may also be used to treat other bacterial infections, as determined by your doctor. This medicine can be administered intravenously (through a vein in your arm).

  • What is the most important information I should know about Cefoxitin?

    Do not receive cefoxitin if you are allergic to it, any of its ingredients, or similar antibiotics (such as cefazolin, cefaclor, or cefotetan). If you are allergic to penicillin antibiotics, it is possible for you to have an allergic reaction to this medication. Tell your doctor immediately if you receive cefoxitin and feel signs of an allergic reaction (such as a rash, swelling, or difficulty breathing).

    Cefoxitin can cause diarrhea or colitis (inflammation of the colon). This can occur a couple of months after receiving the last dose of cefoxitin. Tell your doctor immediately if you have diarrhea or colitis.

    If cefoxitin is used for a long period of time, your doctor will monitor your blood, liver, and kidney function.

  • Who should not take Cefoxitin?

    Your doctor will not administer cefoxitin to you if you are allergic to it, any of its ingredients, or similar antibiotics; or to treat viral infections, such as the common cold.

  • What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Cefoxitin?

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with cefoxitin. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have allergies, kidney or liver disease, disease of the stomach or intestines, colitis, or myasthenia gravis (a disease characterized by long-lasting fatigue and muscle weakness).

  • What is the usual dosage?

    The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.

    Adults and children ≥3 months: Your doctor will administer the appropriate dose for you based on the type and severity of your infection.

    If you have kidney impairment, your doctor will adjust your dose appropriately.

  • How should I take Cefoxitin?

    Your doctor will administer cefoxitin for you in a hospital or clinic setting.

  • What should I avoid while taking Cefoxitin?

    Do not miss your scheduled follow-up appointments with your doctor.

  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Cefoxitin?

    If cefoxitin is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining cefoxitin with certain antibiotics (such as amikacin, gentamicin, or streptomycin).

  • What are the possible side effects of Cefoxitin?

    Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.

    Side effects may include: allergic reactions, diarrhea, fever, flushing, injection-site reactions, itchiness, low blood pressure, nausea, rash, shortness of breath, vomiting

  • Can I receive Cefoxitin if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    The effects of cefoxitin during pregnancy are unknown. Cefoxitin can be found in your breast milk if you receive it during breastfeeding. Tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of Cefoxitin?

    Cefoxitin should be given under special circumstances determined by your doctor.

  • How should I store Cefoxitin?

    Your doctor will store this medication for you.