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Cefoxil Information

Cefoxil is a prescription drug, available for use as Tablet. Primarily, it is used for the treatment of Bacterial Infections, Tonsillitis, Throat Infection. Other than this, Cefoxil has some other therapeutic uses, which have been discussed ahead.

Medical history of the patient along with age and gender determines the dosage of Cefoxil. The condition it has been prescribed for, and the route of administration also determine the right dosage. For detailed information on this, read through the dosage section.

Besides the aforementioned side effects, there are other adverse effects of Cefoxil as well, which are listed below. Normally, these side effects of Cefoxil are not long lasting and go away when the treatment is finished. Please speak with your doctor if these side effects worsen or persist for a longer duration.

Furthermore, you should know that effect of Cefoxil is Safe for pregnant women and Safe for women who are breastfeeding. Further, the section on Cefoxil related warnings talks about Cefoxil's effects on the liver, heart and kidney.

The section on Cefoxil contraindications lists all such conditions.

Drug interactions for Cefoxil have been reported in the medical literature. A complete list of these interactions is given below.

In addition to these precautions, you may also note that Cefoxil is not safe while driving, and is is not addictive in nature.



Cefoxil Benefits & Uses

Cefoxil is used to treat the following -

Other Benefits

Cefoxil Dosage & How to Take

This is the usual dosage recommended in most common treatment cases. Please remember that every patient and their case is different, so the dosage can be different based on the disease, route of administration, patient's age and medical history.

Find the right dosage based on disease and age

Age Group Dosage
Adult
  • Disease: Endocarditis
  • Before or After Meal: Either
  • Single Maximum Dose: 2 g
  • Dosage Form: Tablet
  • Dosage Route: Oral
  • Frequency: doctor administered
  • Course Duration: As directed by the doctor
  • Special Instructions: As prescribed by the doctor
Geriatric
  • Disease: Endocarditis
  • Before or After Meal: Either
  • Single Maximum Dose: 2 g
  • Dosage Form: Tablet
  • Dosage Route: Oral
  • Frequency: doctor administered
  • Course Duration: As directed by the doctor
  • Special Instructions: As prescribed by the doctor
13 - 18 years (Adolescent)
  • Disease: Bacterial Infections
  • Before or After Meal: After Meal
  • Single Maximum Dose: 15 mg/kg
  • Dosage Form: Tablet
  • Dosage Route: Oral
  • Frequency: 12 hourly
  • Course Duration: 10 days
  • Special Instructions: As prescribed by the doctor
2 - 12 years (Child)
  • Disease: Bacterial Infections
  • Before or After Meal: After Meal
  • Single Maximum Dose: 15 mg/kg
  • Dosage Form: Tablet
  • Dosage Route: Oral
  • Frequency: 12 hourly
  • Course Duration: 10 days
  • Special Instructions: As prescribed by the doctor
Infant (1 month to 2 years)
  • Disease: Bacterial Infections
  • Before or After Meal: After Meal
  • Single Maximum Dose: 15 mg/kg
  • Dosage Form: Tablet
  • Dosage Route: Oral
  • Frequency: 12 hourly
  • Course Duration: 10 days
  • Special Instructions: As prescribed by the doctor

Cefoxil Related Warnings

  • Is the use of Cefoxil safe for pregnant women?


    Cefoxil is safe to take during pregnancy.

    Safe
  • Is the use of Cefoxil safe during breastfeeding?


    Cefoxil is safe for breastfeeding women.

    Safe
  • What is the effect of Cefoxil on the Kidneys?


    Cefoxil may have mild side effects on the kidneys.

    Mild
  • What is the effect of Cefoxil on the Liver?


    Cefoxil is completely safe for the liver.

    Safe
  • What is the effect of Cefoxil on the Heart?


    There are no any side effects of Cefoxil for the heart.

    Safe


Severe Interaction of Cefoxil with Other Drugs

Cefoxil should not be taken with following medicines due to severe side effects it may cause to patients -

Moderate



Cefoxil Contraindications

If you are suffering from any of the following diseases, you should not take Cefoxil unless your doctor advises you to do so -



Frequently asked Questions about Cefoxil

  • Is this Cefoxil habit forming or addictive?


    Cefoxil is not addictive in nature.

    No
  • Is it safe to drive or operate heavy machinery when consuming?


    After taking Cefoxil you may feel sleepy. So it is not advised to perform these activities.

    Dangerous
  • Is it safe?


    Cefoxil is safe but it is important to consult a doctor before taking it.

    Safe, but take only on Doctor's advise
  • Is it able to treat mental disorders?


    No, the use of Cefoxil in mental disorders is not effective.

    No

Cefoxil Interactions with Food and Alcohol

  • Interaction between Food and Cefoxil


    You can take Cefoxil with food.

    Safe
  • Interaction between Alcohol and Cefoxil


    Taking Cefoxil with alcohol has not been seen to have harmful effects. However, please be careful if you do so.

    Safe


Frequently asked Questions about Cefoxil

Question over 5 years ago

How does Cefoxil work?

Dr. Suhas Bhargav MBBS , General Physician

Cefoxil contains cefalexin which is a broad-spectrum antibiotic that is active against a wide variety of bacteria. It works by preventing the cell wall synthesis in bacteria by binding to specific proteins (penicillin-binding proteins). The cell wall protects the bacteria from the environment, in the absence of a cell wall, the bacteria becomes vulnerable and dies. Cefoxil is effective against bacteria such as Escherichia coli, Beta-hemolytic streptococci, Moraxella catarrhalis, Staphylococci strains, Streptococcus pneumoniae, Proteus mirabilis, and Klebsiella species.

Question over 4 years ago

Does Cefoxil be used for sinus infection?

Dr. Roshni Poonja MBBS , General Physician, Internal Medicine

Yes, Cefoxil might be used to treat sinusitis (sinus infection) which is inflammation of cavities situated around the nasal passages due to infection caused by Streptococcus pneumoniae. However, because of its poor activity against these bacteria Cefoxil is not recommended usually for the treatment of sinus infection (sinusitis).

Question about 5 years ago

Is Cefoxil an antibiotic?

Dr. MBBS , General Physician, Other, Obstetrics & Gynaecology

Yes, Cefoxil is an antibiotic. It contains cefadroxil which is a broad spectrum antibiotic that belongs to the class of drugs known as first-generation cephalosporins. It is used for the prevention and treatment of various bacterial infections.

Question over 5 years ago

Can I discontinue Cefoxil on my own without doctors advice?

Dr. Uday Nath Sahoo MBBS , Internal Medicine

Discontinuing Cefoxil on your own can increase the chances of bacterial resistance and infection relapse. It is recommended that you always consult your doctor if you have decided to discontinue this medicine.

Question over 4 years ago

Can I take Cefoxil if I am allergic to penicillin?

Dr. Suhas Bhargav MBBS , General Physician

Yes, Cefoxil can be taken if you are allergic to penicillin but caution must be taken because scientific evidence suggests that cross-sensitivity can occur up to 10% of patients with a history of penicillin allergy.



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This medicine data has been created by -

Vikas Chauhan

B.Pharma, Pharmacy
5 Years of Experience


References

April Hazard Vallerand, Cynthia A. Sanoski. [link]. Sixteenth Edition. Philadelphia, China: F. A. Davis Company; 2019: Page No 299-300

KD Tripathi. [link]. Seventh Edition. New Delhi, India: Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers; 2013: Page No 726

US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) [Internet]. Maryland. USA; Package leaflet information for the user; Duricef® (cefadroxil monohydrate)

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