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Mefoxin is licensed to treat a variety of different infections. This prescription medicine works by disrupting the way bacteria make cell walls, which eventually causes the bacteria to die. This medication is given intravenously (by IV) three to six times a day, depending on various factors. Side effects include diarrhea, reactions at the injection site, and allergic reactions.

What Is Mefoxin?

Mefoxin® (cefoxitin) is a prescription cephalosporin antibiotic licensed to treat and prevent a number of different infections. It is given intravenously (by IV).
(Click Mefoxin Uses for more information on this topic, including possible off-label uses.)

Who Makes This Medication?

Brand-name Mefoxin is made by Baxter Healthcare Corporation for Bioniche Pharma USA, LLC. Generic versions are made by various manufacturers.

How Does Mefoxin Work?

Mefoxin is a cephalosporin antibiotic. Cephalosporins are a part of a larger group of medications known as beta-lactam antibiotics (named after the ring-like "lactam" structure of these antibiotics). Mefoxin works by stopping bacteria from making cell walls, which eventually causes the bacteria to die. Cephalosporins are related to penicillins.

When and How to Use It

Some general considerations to keep in mind during treatment with Mefoxin include the following:
  • This medication is given by IV, usually three to six times a day, depending on various factors. It might be given less often in people with kidney disease.
  • This antibiotic is often given for a few days after the infection has cleared up. For serious infections, an even longer treatment may be recommended.
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