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

Cefoxitin is used to treat many kinds of bacterial infections, including severe or life-threatening forms. Cefoxitin is also used to prevent infection in people having certain types of surgery.

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  • Mefoxin
  • More common
    Changes in skin color
    pain
    swelling of the foot or leg
    tenderness
    Rare
    Agitation
    coma
    confusion
    decreased urine output
    depression
    dizziness
    headache
    hostility
    irritability
    lethargy
    muscle twitching
    nausea
    rapid weight gain
    seizures
    stupor
    swelling of the face, ankles, or hands
    unusual tiredness or weakness
    Incidence not known
    Abdominal or stomach cramps or tenderness
    back, leg, or stomach pains
    bleeding and bruising
    bleeding gums
    blistering, peeling, or loosening of the skin
    bloating
    bloody or cloudy urine
    bloody, black, or tarry stools
    chest pain
    chills
    clay-colored stools
    cloudy urine
    cough
    coughing up blood
    cracks in the skin
    dark urine
    decrease in urine output or decrease in urine-concentrating ability
    diarrhea
    diarrhea, watery and severe, which may also be bloody
    difficult or labored breathing
    difficult or painful urination
    difficulty with breathing, chewing, swallowing, or talking
    dizziness
    double vision
    drooping eyelids
    fast heartbeat
    feeling of discomfort
    fever
    general body swelling
    greatly decreased frequency of urination or amount of urine
    headache
    high fever
    hives
    increased menstrual flow or vaginal bleeding
    increased thirst
    inflammation of the joints
    itching
    itching of the vagina or genital area
    joint or muscle pain
    large, hive-like swelling on the face, eyelids, lips, tongue, throat, hands, legs, feet, or sex organs
    loss of appetite
    loss of heat from the body
    muscle aches
    muscle weakness
    nosebleeds
    pain during sexual intercourse
    pale skin
    paralysis
    prolonged bleeding from cuts
    puffiness or swelling of the eyelids or around the eyes, face, lips, or tongue
    rash
    red or black, tarry stools
    red or dark brown urine
    red skin lesions, often with a purple center
    red, irritated eyes
    red, swollen skin
    scaly skin
    severe tiredness
    shortness of breath
    sore throat
    sores, ulcers, or white spots on the lips or in the mouth
    sudden decrease in the amount of urine
    swelling of the feet 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
    troubled breathing with exertion
    unexplained bleeding or bruising
    unpleasant breath odor
    unusual bleeding or bruising
    unusual weight loss
    vomiting
    vomiting of blood
    wheezing
    yellowing of the eyes or skin
    Severity: Minor
    Some of the side effects that can occur with cefoxitin 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:

    More common
    Red streaks on the skin
    swelling, tenderness, or pain at the injection site
    Incidence not known
    Hives or welts
    redness of the skin
  • (injectable powder for injection, intravenous 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.