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Adults and children as young as one month old may use Ancef to treat certain bacterial infections, such as kidney infections, strep throat, or pneumonia. This prescription antibiotic can also help prevent infections caused by certain surgeries. There may be times when a healthcare provider prescribes Ancef for unapproved uses, such as treating or preventing other types of infections.

What Is Ancef Used For?

Ancef® (cefazolin) is a prescription antibiotic typically used in hospitals or other similar settings. It is given intravenously (by IV) or by intramuscular (IM) injection.
Ancef is approved for treating the following types of infections:
  • Respiratory tract infections, such as pneumonia or strep throat
  • Urinary tract infections (UTIs, such as a bladder infection or kidney infection)
  • Biliary tract infections, such as a gallbladder infection
  • Bone and joint infections
  • Genital infections
  • Bloodstream infections
  • Skin and skin structure infections
  • Endocarditis infections (infections of the inner lining of the heart).
Ancef is approved for treating these infections only when they are caused by certain types of bacteria. Not all bacteria will respond to this medication. Also, bacteria have different resistance patterns in different regions of the country. This means that some bacteria may be susceptible to Ancef in certain parts of the country but not in others. This drug is completely ineffective for treating viral illnesses, such as the common cold or the flu.
In some situations, your healthcare provider may perform certain tests to see if your particular infection is susceptible or resistant to Ancef. In other situations, your healthcare provider may decide to try the drug without such tests, especially for infections that are not severe.
Ancef is also used to prevent infections in people undergoing surgery.
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