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Cefizox

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Cefizox

Cefizox Patient Information including How Should I Take

What should I discuss with my health care provider before using ceftizoxime injection (Cefizox)?

Do not use this medication if you are allergic to ceftizoxime, or to other cephalosporin antibiotics, such as:

  • cefaclor (Ceclor);
  • cefadroxil (Duricef);
  • cefdinir (Omnicef);
  • cefditoren (Spectracef);
  • cefixime (Suprax);
  • cefprozil (Cefzil);
  • ceftazidime (Fortaz);
  • cefotaxime (Claforan);
  • cefuroxime (Ceftin);
  • cephalexin (Keflex); and others.

Before using this medication, tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs (especially penicillins), or if you have:

  • kidney disease;
  • liver disease;
  • a stomach or intestinal disorder such as colitis; or
  • if you are malnourished.

If you have any of these conditions, you may not be able to use ceftizoxime, or you may need a dosage adjustment or special tests during treatment.

FDA pregnancy category B. This medication is not expected to be harmful to an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment.

Ceftizoxime can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

How should I use ceftizoxime injection (Cefizox)?

Ceftizoxime is given as an injection into a muscle or a vein. Injection into a vein must be given slowly through an IV infusion, and can take up to 30 minutes to complete.

Your doctor, nurse, or other healthcare provider will give you this injection. You may be given instructions on how to use your injections at home. Do not use this medicine at home if you do not fully understand how to give the injection and properly dispose of needles, syringes, and other items used in giving the medicine.

Use the medication exactly as it was prescribed for you. Do not use the medication in larger amounts, or use it for longer than recommended by your doctor. Follow the instructions on your prescription label.

Use this medication for the entire length of time prescribed by your doctor. Your symptoms may get better before the infection is completely treated. Ceftizoxime will not treat a viral infection such as the common cold or flu.

To use the medicine, thaw it in a refrigerator or at room temperature. Do not warm in a microwave or boiling water. Keep thawed medicine in the refrigerator and use it within 28 days after thawing it. Do not refreeze thawed medicine.

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