You may receive an antibiotic called Ancef to treat various bacterial infections or to prevent surgical infections. This prescription medicine is given as an injection into a vein or a muscle. Dosing guidelines will vary, based on your age, the severity of the infection, and other medications you are taking, among other factors. Side effects are possible and include diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting.
What Is Ancef?Ancef® (cefazolin) is a prescription cephalosporin antibiotic licensed to treat a number of different infections. It is also used to help prevent surgical infections. The drug is given intravenously (by IV) or by intramuscular (IM) injection.
Brand-name Ancef was made by GlaxoSmithKline but is no longer available. Generic versions are still available and are made by various manufacturers (see Generic Ancef for more information).
As mentioned, Ancef is a cephalosporin antibiotic. Cephalosporins are part of a larger group of medications known as beta-lactam antibiotics, named after the ring-like "lactam" structure of these drugs. Ancef works by stopping bacteria from making cell walls, which eventually causes the bacteria to die. Cephalosporins are related to penicillin. Ancef is usually classified as a "first-generation" cephalosporin.
Some general considerations to keep in mind during treatment with Ancef include the following:
- This medication is given by IV or by intramuscular injection. It is usually given every 6 to 12 hours.
- For serious infections, it is usually best to give this drug by IV rather than an intramuscular injection.
- Ancef is often given for a few days after the infection has cleared up. For serious infections, an even longer treatment course may be recommended.