Cefazolin is a cephalosporin (SEF a low spor in) antibiotic. It works by fighting bacteria in your body.

Cefazolin is used to treat many kinds of bacterial infections, including severe or life-threatening forms.

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  • Ancef, Kefzol
  • Rare
    Bluish color
    changes in skin color
    swelling of the foot or leg
    Incidence not known
    Abdominal or stomach cramps or tenderness
    back, leg, or stomach pains
    black, tarry stools
    bleeding gums
    blistering, peeling, or loosening of the skin
    blood in the urine or stools
    bloody or cloudy urine
    chest pain
    clay-colored stools
    cloudy urine
    coughing up blood
    dark urine
    decrease in urine output or decrease in urine-concentrating ability
    decreased frequency or amount of urine
    diarrhea, watery and severe, which may also be bloody
    difficult or painful urination
    difficulty with breathing or swallowing
    excessive muscle tone
    fast heartbeat
    feeling of discomfort
    general body swelling
    general tiredness and weakness
    increased blood pressure
    increased menstrual flow or vaginal bleeding
    increased thirst
    inflammation of the joints
    itching of the vagina or genital area
    joint or muscle pain
    light-colored stools
    loss of appetite
    lower back or side pain
    muscle aches or stiffness
    muscle tension or tightness
    nausea or vomiting
    pain during sexual intercourse
    pain, warmth, or burning in the fingers, toes, and legs
    pale skin
    pinpoint red spots on the skin
    problems with vision or hearing
    prolonged bleeding from cuts
    puffiness or swelling of the eyelids or around the eyes, face, lips, or tongue
    red irritated eyes
    red or black, tarry stools
    red or dark brown urine
    red skin lesions, often with a purple center
    red, irritated eyes
    skin rash
    sore throat
    sores, ulcers, or white spots on the lips or in the mouth
    stomach cramps
    sudden decrease in the amount of urine
    swelling of the face, fingers, or lower legs
    swollen lymph glands
    swollen or painful glands
    thick, white vaginal discharge with no odor or with a mild odor
    tightness in the chest
    trouble sitting still
    troubled breathing
    unpleasant breath odor
    unusual bleeding or bruising
    unusual tiredness or weakness
    unusual weight loss
    upper right abdominal pain
    vomiting of blood
    weight gain
    yellowing of the eyes or skin
    Severity: Minor
    Some of the side effects that can occur with cefazolin may not need medical attention. As your body adjusts to the medicine during treatment these side effects may go away. Your health care professional may also be able to tell you about ways to reduce or prevent some of these side effects. If any of the following side effects continue, are bothersome or if you have any questions about them, check with your health care professional:

    Incidence not known
    Bleeding, blistering, burning, coldness, discoloration of the skin, feeling of pressure, hives, infection, inflammation, itching, lumps, numbness, pain, rash, redness, scarring, soreness, stinging, swelling, tenderness, tingling, ulceration, or warmth at the injection site
    hives or welts
    redness of the skin
    sore mouth or tongue
    weight loss
    white patches in the mouth, tongue, or throat
  • (injectable powder for injection, intravenous solution, injectable solution)
  • Bacterial Infection

    Treating certain bacterial infections. It may be used in combination with other medicines to treat acne or certain amoeba infections. It may be used to prevent certain types of malaria in travelers who will be visiting malaria-infected areas for less than 4 months. It may also be used to prevent or slow the progression of anthrax after exposure. Doryx delayed-release capsules are a tetracycline antibiotic. It works by slowing the growth of bacteria. Slowing the bacteria's growth allows the body's immune system to destroy the bacteria.