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Brand name: Cephalothin (DBL) TM

Active ingredients: cefalotin

What it is used for

INDICATIONS: Cephalothin Sodium for injection is indicated for the treatment of serious infections caused by susceptible strains of the designated microorganisms in the diseases listed below. Culture and susceptibility studies should be performed. However, therapy may be instituted before results of susceptibility studies are obtained (see PHARMACOLOGY: Microbiology). Respiratory tract: Infections caused by S. pneumoniae, Staphylococci (penicillinase and nonpenicillinase producing), group A Beta-haemolytic Streptococci, Klebsiella, and H. influenzae. Skin and soft tissue: Infections, including peritonitis, caused by Staphylococci (penicillinase and nonpenicillinase producing), group A Beta-haemolytic Streptococci, E.coli, Pr. mirabilis and Klebsiella. Genitourinary tract: Infections caused by E. coli, Pr. mirabilis and Klebsiella. Septicaemia, including endocarditis: Infections caused by S. pneumoniae, Staphylococci (penicillinase and nonpenicillinase producing), group A Beta-haemolytic Streptococci, S. viridans, E. coli, Pr. mirabilis and Klebsiella. Bone and joint: Infection caused by Staphylococci (penicillinase and non-penicillinase producing). Prophylactically in vaginal hysterectomy, head and neck surgery, insertion of prosthetic heart valves, and prosthetic arthroplasty. Cephalothin is not recommended for gastrointestinal procedures or other sites where anaerobic organisms such as Bacteriodes tend to prevail. Dosage is required pre-, intra-and postoperatively (i.e perioperatively, see DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION). If signs of postoperative infection develop, specimens should be cultured to identify the causative organism so that appropriate therapy can be instituted. NOTE: If the susceptibility tests show that the causative organism is resistant to cephalothin, other appropriate antibiotic therapy should be instituted.

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: Intravenous
  • Store below 25 degrees Celsius
  • Shelf lifetime is 3 Years.

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

Visual appearance

white to almost white powder or plug in a 10mL type III clear glass vial, with a rubber stopper closure and aluminium flip-off top.

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 was verified as being available on the PBS (Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme) on December 1, 2018. To learn more about this subsidy, visit the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) website.

Pregnant or planning a pregnancy?

For the active ingredient cefalotin

This medicine is generally considered safe during pregnancy if taken as directed. During pregnancy, you should discuss your medicine use with your doctor or pharmacist.

Download leaflet

For side effects, taking other medicines and more

Download consumer medicine information leaflet (pdf) from the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) website

Reporting side effects

You can help ensure medicines are safe by reporting the side effects you experience.

You can report side effects to your doctor, or directly at www.tga.gov.au/reporting-problems

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