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Composition for ANCEF XP

Cefazolin(140.625 mg)

food interaction for ANCEF XP

alcohol interaction for ANCEF XP

pregnancy interaction for ANCEF XP

lactation interaction for ANCEF XP

It is better to take Ancef xp 140.625mg injection with food.
Interaction with alcohol is unknown. Please consult your doctor.
Ancef xp 140.625mg injection is probably safe to use during pregnancy.
Either animal studies have shown no adverse effect on the fetus, but there is no human studies or animal studies have shown an adverse effect that was not confirmed in human studies. Please consult your doctor.
Ancef xp 140.625mg injection is probably safe to use during breastfeeding. Please consult your doctor.


Cefazolin(140.625 mg)


Ancef xp 140.625mg injection is used to treat bacterial infections of the respiratory tract, the urinary tract, biliary tract, bone and joints, blood (septicemia), skin and soft tissues, and inflammation of the inner layer of the heart (endocarditis). It is also used to prevent bacterial infections before, during, or after surgeries.

How it works

Ancef xp 140.625mg injection belongs to group of medicines called cephalosporin antibiotics. It kills the bacteria by interrupting the bacterial cell wall (outer coating of bacteria) formation. As a result, the bacterial cell wall is weakened and ruptured, thereby killing the bacteria.

Common side effects

Vomiting, Nausea, Confusion, Fatigue, Weakness, Flatulence, Generalized itching, Dizziness, Headache, Heartburn, Injection site swelling, Loss of appetite, Limb pain, Skin redness, White spots in the mouth, White patches on the tongue, White spots in the throat


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Expert advice for ANCEF XP

  • Do not start or continue cefazolin and consult your doctor if you have severe allergic reaction, inflammation of large intestine (colitis), blood clotting problem, liver or kidney disease.
  • Caution should be taken when giving cefazolin to the children younger than 1 month old or to patients with diabetes as it may affect the results for urine glucose tests.
  • Tell your doctor if you are or planning to become pregnant or are breastfeeding.

Frequently asked questions for ANCEF XP


 Q. Is cefazolin safe?
Cefazolin is relatively safe if used at prescribed doses for the prescribed duration as advised by your doctor.
Q. Is cefazolin a sulfa, penicillin, cephalosporin, or beta lactam drug?
Cefazolin does not contain sulfa and is not a penicillin drug. It is a beta lactam cephalosporin antibiotic.
Q. Is cefazolin Keflex?
No, Keflex is a brand name for cephalexin.
Q. Is cefazolin compatible with lactated ringer's, normal saline, Nacl, or potassium?
Cefazolin is compatible with normal saline, NaCl or potassium solution. It is not commonly used with lactated ringer’s.
Q. Can I take Ancef with a penicillin or sulfa allergy?
Ancef (brand name for cefazolin injection) cannot be given with a penicillin allergy. Precaution should be taken even when there is history of sulfa drugs.
Q. Does cefazolin cover enterococcus, pseudomonas, or methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)?
Cefazolin is effective against some strains of enterococcus bacteria but not effective against pseudomonas or MRSA.
Q. Is cefazolin a vesicant?
No, cefazolin is not a vesicant (irritant) drug.
Q. Does cefazolin need to be refrigerated?
Cefazolin needs to be stored at 20° to 25°C. It should not be frozen.


Content on this page was last updated on 31 July, 2015, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)