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Some of the possible side effects of cefoxitin include nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. However, because this is an older medication that has not been extensively studied, it is unknown how common certain reactions to this drug may be. Potentially serious side effects of this drug include allergic reactions and bloody diarrhea -- these should be reported to your healthcare provider immediately.

An Introduction to Side Effects of Cefoxitin

Just like any medicine, cefoxitin (Mefoxin®) can cause side effects. However, not everyone who uses the drug will have problems. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or are treated easily by you or your healthcare provider.
(This article covers many, but not all, of the possible side effects with cefoxitin. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list with you.)

Cefoxitin Side Effects to Report

Some side effects of cefoxitin are potentially serious and should be reported immediately to your healthcare provider. These include but are not limited to:
  • Signs of an overdose, such as:
    • Seizures
    • Coma
    • Unusual muscle movements or hyperactivity
  • Watery or bloody diarrhea, which may start while using the drug or even quite a while after stopping it
  • Signs of an allergic reaction, such as:
    • An unexplained rash
    • Itching
    • Hives
    • Redness of the face
    • Swelling of the mouth or throat
    • Wheezing
    • Difficulty breathing.
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