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Zocef 1.5 Injection


Overview

Introduction of Zocef Injection

Zocef 1.5 Injection is an antibiotic medicine used to treat bacterial infections in your body. It is effective in infections of the lungs (eg. pneumonia), ear, throat, nasal sinus, urinary tract, skin, soft tissues, bones, and joints. It is also used to prevent infections during surgery.

Zocef 1.5 Injection fights and stops the growth of bacteria. This helps to improve your symptoms and cure the underlying infection. It is given as a drip (intravenous infusion) or as an injection directly into a vein or a muscle under the supervision of a healthcare professional. Your doctor will decide the correct dose for you. You should use this medicine regularly at evenly spaced intervals as per the schedule prescribed by your doctor. Do not skip any doses and finish the full course of treatment even if you feel better. Stopping the medicine too early may lead to the infection returning or worsening.

The most common side effects of this medicine include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, rash, and changes in liver function tests. Some people may develop temporary redness or pain at the site of injection. These side effects are usually mild but let your doctor know if they bother you or last more than a few days.
Before using it, you should tell your doctor if you are allergic to any antibiotics, and if you have any liver or kidney problems. You should also let your healthcare team know all other medicines you are taking as they may affect, or be affected by this medicine. Pregnant and breastfeeding mothers should consult their doctor before using it.

Uses of Zocef Injection

Zocef Injection side effects

Common
  • Rash
  • Vomiting
  • Allergic reaction
  • Increased liver enzymes
  • Nausea
  • Injection site reaction
  • Diarrhea

How to use Zocef Injection

Your doctor or nurse will give you this medicine. Kindly do not self administer.

How Zocef Injection works

Zocef 1.5 Injection is an antibiotic. It kills bacteria by preventing them from forming the bacterial protective covering (cell wall) which is needed for them to survive.

Zocef Injection related warnings

Alcohol
SAFE
Consuming alcohol with Zocef 1.5 Injection does not cause any harmful side effects.
Pregnancy
SAFE IF PRESCRIBED
Zocef 1.5 Injection is generally considered safe to use during pregnancy. Animal studies have shown low or no adverse effects to the developing baby; however, there are limited human studies.
Lactation
SAFE IF PRESCRIBED
Zocef 1.5 Injection is safe to use during breastfeeding. Human studies suggest that the drug does not pass into the breastmilk in a significant amount and is not harmful to the baby.
Avoid prolonged use of Zocef 1.5 Injection, since it may have possible effects such as rash and diarrhea.
Driving
NOT RELEVANT
Not relevant, as Zocef 1.5 Injection is intended for use in hospitalised patients.
Kidney
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
There is limited information available on the use of Zocef 1.5 Injection in patients with kidney disease. Please consult your doctor.
Liver
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
There is limited information available on the use of Zocef 1.5 Injection in patients with liver disease. Please consult your doctor.

What if you miss a dose of Zocef Injection?

If you miss a dose of Zocef 1.5 Injection, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular schedule. Do not double the dose.

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Expert Advice

  • Your doctor has prescribed Zocef 1.5 Injection to cure your infection and improve your symptoms.
  • Do not skip any doses and finish the full course of treatment even if you feel better. Stopping it early may make the infection come back and harder to treat.
  • Discontinue Zocef 1.5 Injection and inform your doctor immediately if you get a rash, itchy skin, swelling of face and mouth, or have difficulty in breathing.
  • Diarrhea may occur as a side effect but should stop when your course is complete. Inform your doctor if it does not  stop or if you find blood in your stools.
  • Avoid consuming alcohol while taking Zocef 1.5 Injection as it may cause increased side effects.

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FAQs

Q. Is Zocef better than amoxicillin?

Zocef is an antibiotic which is useful in treating bacterial infections. Amoxicillin is also an effective and cheap antibiotic which is used to treat many types of bacterial infections. The only difference among these medicines is the response of the medicine to the infection, as it varies from person to person. The effectiveness of two daily dose of Zocef is same as three daily doses of amoxicillin.

Q. Can Zocef be given in nursing mothers?

Zocef should be used with caution in nursing mothers as it is excreted via milk and can get transferred to the baby while breastfeeding. Consult your doctor if you are breastfeeding before you start taking this medication for infections.

Q. Can Zocef be used in kids?

Yes, Zocef can be used in the children of age 3 months or more for treating the infections. The safety and effectiveness of this medication have not been established in children less than 3 months. Special care must be taken while giving antibiotics to the children. The dosage must be calculated appropriately according to the age and weight of the child. Do consult your treating physician for exact instructions.

Q. Can Zocef cause diarrhea?

Yes, in rare cases, Zocef can cause serious diarrhea during or after antibiotic use. When the broad-spectrum antibiotics are started or given for a longer time, the normal bacterial gut flora gets damaged and that can lead to diarrhea. Usually, discontinuation of medicine can subside diarrhea. However, if diarrhea persists or if there is blood in the stool then immediately contact your physician.

Q. Can Zocef be given in patients with kidney failure?

Zocef is a medication which is excreted through the kidneys. Yes, it can be given, but the dosage of the antibiotic should be decreased according to the severity of the kidney impairment. Inform your doctor if you have any history of kidney impairment before you start taking this medication.

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Manufacturer/Marketer Address
Alkem Laboratories Limited, Devashish Building, Alkem House, Senapati Bapat Road, Lower Parel, Mumbai - 400 013.
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