Mefoxin is a medicine specifically approved to treat certain types of bacterial infections, such as pneumonia, bladder infections, and bloodstream infections. This prescription medication works by preventing the bacteria from building cell walls, which causes the bacteria to die. Mefoxin is approved for use in adults and children as young as three months old.
What Is Mefoxin Used For?Mefoxin® (cefoxitin) is a prescription antibiotic typically used in hospitals or other similar settings. It is given intravenously (by IV).
Mefoxin is approved for treating the following types of infections:
- Lower respiratory tract infections, such as pneumonia
- Urinary tract infections (UTIs, such as a bladder infection or kidney infection)
- Abdominal (stomach) infections
- Gynecologic infections
- Bloodstream infections
- Bone and joint infections
- Skin and skin structure infections.
Mefoxin is approved for treating the above infections only when they are caused by certain types of bacteria. Not all bacteria will respond to Mefoxin. Also, bacteria have difference resistance patterns in different regions of the country. This means that some bacteria may be susceptible to Mefoxin in certain parts of the country but not in others. Mefoxin 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 Mefoxin. In other situations, your healthcare provider may decide to try Mefoxin without such tests, especially for infections that are not severe.
Mefoxin is also approved to prevent infections in people undergoing certain surgeries, such as:
- Digestive tract (gastrointestinal, or GI) surgery
- Hysterectomy (either vaginal or abdominal hysterectomies)
- Cesarean section (C-section).