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Brand name: Cefoxitin (Hospira) TM

Active ingredients: cefoxitin

What it is used 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.

How to take it

The way to take this medicine is: Intravenous. This medicine or fluids is given through a needle or tube (catheter) inserted into a vein.

  • Store below 25 degrees Celsius
  • Protect from Light
  • Shelf lifetime is 2 Years.

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

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.

Pregnant or planning a pregnancy?

For the active ingredient cefoxitin

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

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