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Brand name: Cefoxitin (Hospira)

Cefoxitin (Hospira) is a medicine containing the active ingredient(s) cefoxitin. On this page you will find out more about Cefoxitin (Hospira), 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: cefoxitin

Information for medicine and pack size:
Cefoxitin (Hospira) 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

Hospira Cefoxitin Sodium Powder for Injection is indicated for the treatment of the following infections when due to susceptible organisms (see Microbiology) peritonitis and other intra-abdominal and intra-pelvic infections, female genital tract infections, septicaemia, endocarditis, urinary tract infections, respiratory tract infections, bone and joint infections, skin and skin structure infections. Hospira Cefoxitin Sodium Powder for Injection has a high degree of stability against beta-lactamase and is therefore effective against beta-lactamase producing organisms resistant to penicillins or cephalosporins. It can also be used in mixed infections provided that the organisms are sensitive to it. Hospira Cefoxitin Sodium Powder for Injection can be used as adjunctive therapy in the surgical treatment of infections including abscesses, infection complicating hollow viscous perforations, cutaneous infections and infections of serous surfaces whether caused by aerobes, mixed aerobes and anaerobes, or anaerobes. Hospira Cefoxitin Sodium Powder for Injection is also indicated for the prevention of post operative infections associated with certain surgical procedures of the gastrointestinal, biliary and genital tracts.

Table of characteristics
Table of characteristics
Active ingredient
Visual appearance White to almost white powder
Dosage Form Injection, powder for
Route of administration Intravenous
Medicine schedule
5 Pack: Prescription Only Medicine, or Prescription Animal Remedy

There is one type of pack available.

Pack type 1
Pack type 1
Type Vial
Storage temperature Store below 25 degrees Celsius
Storage conditions Protect from Light
Life time 2 Years
We were unable to verify that this medicine is available on the PBS (Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme). Please consult your pharmacist if you need further information

The PBS provides a list of government subsidised medicines available to be dispensed to patients. Further information can be found on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme website.

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Is this medication banned in sport?

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