Cefazoline

    • What type of medicine is this?

    • Cefazoline is an antibiotic that stops the growth of bacteria in your body. This medicine is only given to you when your healthcare provider prescribes it.

      Cefazoline is used for a number of bacterial infections, including:

      • Cellulitis.
      • Urinary tract infection.
      • Pneumonia.
      • Endocarditis.
      • Joint infections.
      • Surgical prophylaxis.

      Your healthcare provider will usually prescribe this medicine after a test confirms what kind of infection you have.

    • What is the medicine used for?

    • Cefazoline is a medication that treats bacterial infections. This medicine also prevents infection during surgery. It cannot treat a viral infection like the common cold or flu. Inform your healthcare provider if you have reacted to this drug before. Don’t use cefazoline unless prescribed by your healthcare provider. This medicine is prescription-only.

    • How to take this medicine?

      • Cefazoline comes as a powder and is mixed with liquid before injecting. It is injected into your muscle or vein and given every 6, 8, or 12 hours.
      • This medicine should be given by your healthcare provider. Your healthcare provider may train and direct you to inject this medicine yourself. Be sure you clearly understand the instructions before you inject yourself.
      • Inform your healthcare provider if you notice any pain or swelling around the injection site.
      • The injection liquid should be clear, do not use it if there are particles or you notice a change of colour in the liquid.
      • Do not skip any dose or stop using this medicine even if you are feeling better. The infection may return if you do not complete your dose.
      • In case you miss a dose, ask your healthcare provider what to do. Do not take more of this medicine than your healthcare provider has recommended.
    • What are the side-effects?

    • The side effects of cefazoline include the following :

      • Nausea and vomiting.
      • Stomach pain.
      • Body rash.
      • Loss of appetite.


      Call your healthcare provider at once if you have severe skin reactions, severe stomachache, easy bruising of your skin or any other unpleasant effects.

      Your healthcare provider prescribes cefazoline because the benefits to you are greater than the risk of the side-effects.

    • What to know before taking this medicine?

    • Before using cefazoline inform your healthcare provider if you have reacted badly to it or to other antibiotics. The following are essential things to note before taking cefazoline:

      • Inform your healthcare provider if you have a kidney or stomach disease.
      • Cefazoline sometimes reacts with vaccines. Inform your doctor before you take any vaccine that you are using this medicine.
      • If you are using any other antibiotic injection, tell your healthcare provider.
      • Inform your healthcare provider if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. However, it is not expected that this medicine will cause harm to the baby.

      Remember to keep your cefazoline medication and other medicines away from children and avoid sharing them with other people.