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Brand name: Cefazolin (AFT)

Cefazolin (AFT) is a medicine containing the active ingredient(s) cefazolin. On this page you will find out more about Cefazolin (AFT), including side effects, age restrictions, food interactions and whether the medicine is subsidised by the government on the pharmaceutical benefits scheme (PBS)

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Active ingredient in this medicine: cefazolin

Pack size information

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Information for medicine and pack size:
Cefazolin (AFT) 1 g powder for injection, 5 vials

Consumer Medicine Information leaflet:

This leaflet may also be found inside the medicine package. It contains information on side effects, age restrictions and other useful data.

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What this medicine is for

Treatment of the following serious infections due to susceptible organisms: - Respiratory tract infections due to Strep. pneumoniae, Klebsiella sp., H. influenzae, Staph. aureus (penicillin sensitive and penicillin resistant) and group A beta-haemolytic Streptococci. Injectable benzathine penicillin is considered to be the drug of choice in the treatment and prevention of streptococcal infections, including the prophylaxis of rheumatic fever. Cefazolin is effective in the eradication of Streptococci from the nasopharynx; however, data establishing the efficacy of cefazolin in the subsequent prevention of rheumatic fever are not available at present; - Genitourinary tract infections due to E. coli, P. mirabilis, Klebsiella sp. and some strains of Enterobacter and enterococci; - Skin and skin structure infections due to Staph. aureus (penicillin sensitive and penicillin resistant), and group A beta-haemolytic Streptococci and other strains of Streptococci; - Bone and joint infections due to Staph. aureus; - Septicaemia due to Strep. pneumoniae, Staph. aureus (penicillin sensitive and penicillin resistant), P. mirabilis, E. coli and Klebsiella sp.; - Endocarditis due to Staph. aureus (penicillin sensitive and penicillin resistant) and group A beta-haemolytic Streptococci.,Appropriate culture and susceptibility studies should be performed to determine susceptibility of the causative organism to cefazolin.

Table of characteristics
Table of characteristics
Active ingredient
Visual appearance White to almost-white powder
Dosage Form Injection, powder for
Route of administration Intramuscular
Medicine schedule
1 vial: Prescription Only Medicine, or Prescription Animal Remedy
10 vials: Prescription Only Medicine, or Prescription Animal Remedy
5 vials: Prescription Only Medicine, or Prescription Animal Remedy

There are 2 types of pack available. You'll need to identify which type of pack you have in order to use this information.

Pack type 1
Pack type 1
Type Vial
Storage temperature Store below 25 degrees Celsius
Storage conditions Protect from Light
Life time 2 Years
Pack type 2
Pack type 2
Type Vial
Storage temperature Store below 25 degrees Celsius
Storage conditions Protect from Light
Life time 2 Years
This medicine was verified as being available on the PBS (Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme) on 1 November 2017

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