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Brand name: Cefazolin (Hospira) TM

Active ingredients: cefazolin

What it is used for

HospiraÖ Cefazolin Sodium for Injection is indicated in the treatment of the following serious infections due to susceptible organisms:,1. Respiratory tract infections due to S pneumoniae, Klebsiella species, 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 sodium is effective in the eradication of streptococci from the nasopharynx; however, data establishing the efficacy of cefazolin sodium in the subsequent prevention of rheumatic fever are not available at present.,2. Genitourinary tract infections due to Esch coli, Pr. mirabilis, Klebsiella species, and some strains of Enterobacter and enterococci.,3. Skin and soft tissue infections due to Staph aureus (penicillin-sensitive and penicillin-resistant) and Group A beta-haemolytic streptococci and other strains of streptococci.,4. Bone and joint infections due to Staph aureus.,5. Septicaemia due to S pneumoniae, Staph aureus (penicillin-sensitive and penicillin-resistant), Pr. mirabilis, Esch coli and Klebsiella species.,6. 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 sodium.

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
  • Protect from Moisture
  • Shelf lifetime is 24 Months.

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

Visual appearance

White or almost white powder, filled in 10 mL clear glass molded Type I vial, sealed with grey bromobutyl rubber stopper

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

Reporting side effects

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