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Brand name: Cefazolin (Sandoz) TM

Active ingredients: cefazolin

What it is used for

INDICATIONS: 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. Cephazolin is effective in the eradication of streptococci from the nasopharynx; however, substantial data establishing the efficacy of cephazolin in the subsequent prevention of rheumatic fever are not available at present. Genitourinary tract infections due to E. coli, P. mirabilis, and klebsiella sp and some strains of enterobacter and enterococci. Skin and skin structure infections due to Staph. aureus (penicillin sensitive and penicillin resisant) 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), E. coli, P. mirabilis, 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 preformed to determine susceptibility of the causative organism to cephazolin.

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 Moisture
  • Protect from Light
  • Shelf lifetime is 3 Years.

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

Visual appearance

Clear glass vial containing a white to slightly yellowish powder

Do I need a prescription?

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

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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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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