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Brand name: Cefazolin (AFT) TM

Active ingredients: cefazolin

What it is used 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.

How to take it

You should seek medical advice in relation to medicines and use only as directed by a healthcare professional.

  • The way to take this medicine: Intramuscular
  • Store below 25 degrees Celsius
  • Protect from Light
  • Lifetime is 2 Years.
  • Store below 25 degrees Celsius
  • Protect from Light
  • Lifetime is 2 Years.

Always read the label. If symptoms persist see your healthcare professional.

Visual appearance

White to almost-white powder

Do I need a prescription?

This medicine is available from a pharmacist and requires a prescription. It is Schedule 4: Prescription Only Medicine.

Is this medicine subsidised?

This medicine is subsidised which may make it cheaper. To learn more about this subsidy, visit the Phamaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) website

Pregnant or planning a pregnancy?

For the active ingredient cefazolin

You should seek advice from your doctor or pharmacist about taking this medicine. They can help you balance the risks and the benefits of this medicine during pregnancy.

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Disclaimer

The information about this medicine comes from trusted sources.

  • Therapeutic Good's Administration (TGA)
  • Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS)
  • GuildLink
  • DrugBank

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