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Your healthcare provider may recommend cefoxitin to help treat or prevent certain bacterial infections. This prescription medicine is given intravenously (by IV) and works to kill the bacteria by preventing them from making cell walls. Your dosage of this antibiotic will depend on your age, weight, and various other factors. Diarrhea and injection site reactions are some of the possible side effects.

What Is Cefoxitin?

Cefoxitin (Mefoxin®) is a prescription cephalosporin antibiotic licensed to treat and prevent a number of different infections. It is given intravenously (by IV).
(Click What Is Cefoxitin Used For? for more information on this topic, including possible off-label uses.)

Are There Side Effects?

Just like any medicine, cefoxitin may cause side effects. However, not everyone who uses the drug will experience problems. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well.
If reactions do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or are treated easily by you or your healthcare provider. Serious side effects are less common.
Common side effects of cefoxitin include but are not limited to:
  • Irritation at the injection site
  • Allergic reactions
  • Diarrhea.
(Click Cefoxitin Side Effects to learn more, including potentially serious side effects you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)
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