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If you have a bladder infection, pneumonia, or certain other bacterial infections, your healthcare provider may prescribe cefoxitin (Mefoxin®). This medication can also be used prior to certain surgeries to help prevent infections from occurring.
This antibiotic is given intravenously (by IV) three to six times daily, depending on a number of factors. Your specific dosage will depend on your weight, age, and the type and severity of the infection being treated. Side effects are possible and may include allergic reactions, diarrhea, and reactions at the injection site.
To help ensure a safe treatment with cefoxitin, the drug's safety information should be reviewed before you start using it. This medicine may not be suitable for everyone, so let your healthcare provider know if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, have certain medical conditions (such as kidney disease), or have any allergies.
(For more details on this drug, click Cefoxitin. This article contains information on generic availability, how the medication works, and more.)
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