What Is Cefoxitin Used For?

How Does This Medicine 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.

Can Children Use Cefoxitin?

This medication is approved for use in children as young as three months old. Because the dosage used in children is based on weight, it is important that your healthcare provider has an accurate weight for your child. It may be best to actually weigh the child, as a child's weight frequently changes.

What About Off-Label Uses?

On occasion, a healthcare provider may recommend this medication for treating something other than the infections discussed in this article. This is called an "off-label" use. Using cefoxitin to treat or prevent other types of infections would be examples of off-label uses.

Cefoxitin Drug Information

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