Adults and children as young as one month old may receive Ancef® (cefazolin) to help treat or prevent certain bacterial infections. This prescription antibiotic works to kill bacteria by preventing them from forming cell walls.
Although most people who use this medicine tolerate it fairly well, side effects are possible. These can include allergic reactions, diarrhea, and thrush. Fortunately, most reactions to the drug tend to be mild and easy to treat.
While this antibiotic can be effective at treating various infections, Ancef is not appropriate for everyone. Information on your medical history should be reviewed with your healthcare provider before starting treatment to minimize your risk for certain complications. This includes warnings for people who are allergic to penicillin, those with kidney disease, or women who are pregnant or nursing.
(Click Ancef for more information on this antibiotic, including how it works, specific uses, and dosing tips on when and how this medicine is given.)
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