Important Information for Your Healthcare ProviderYou should talk with your healthcare provider prior to using this medication if you have:
- Kidney disease, such as kidney failure (renal failure)
- An allergy to cephalosporin or penicillin antibiotics
- Any other allergies, including to foods, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
- Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant (see Mefoxin and Pregnancy)
- Breastfeeding (see Mefoxin and Breastfeeding).
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about all other medications you are taking, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
(Click Precautions and Warnings With Cefoxitin to learn more, including information on who should not use the drug.)
How Does It Work?Cefoxitin is a cephalosporin antibiotic. Cephalosporins are a part of a larger group of medications known as beta-lactam antibiotics (named after the ring-like "lactam" structure of these antibiotics). Cefoxitin works by stopping bacteria from making cell walls, which eventually causes the bacteria to die. Cephalosporins are related to penicillins.
When and How to Use This MedicineSome general considerations to keep in mind during treatment with cefoxitin include the following:
- This medication is given by IV, usually three to six times a day, depending on various factors. It might be given less often in people with kidney disease.
- This antibiotic is often given for a few days after the infection has cleared up. For serious infections, an even longer treatment may be recommended.