Information about Cefazolin

    Cefazolin uses

    Cefazolin is used in the treatment of bacterial infections.

    How cefazolin works

    Cefazolin is an antibiotic. It kills the bacteria by attacking their cell wall. Specifically, it prevents the synthesis of a substance in the cell wall called peptidoglycan, which provides the cell wall with the strength required for survival of bacteria in human body.

    Common side effects of cefazolin

    Nausea, Diarrhoea, Allergic reaction

    Available Medicine for Cefazolin

    • ₹19 to ₹24
      Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd
      2 variant(s)
    • ₹28 to ₹148
      Shrinivas Gujarat Laboratories Pvt Ltd
      3 variant(s)
    • ₹20
      Neon Laboratories Ltd
      1 variant(s)
    • ₹16 to ₹22
      Alembic Pharmaceuticals Ltd
      3 variant(s)
    • ₹17 to ₹55
      Lupin Ltd
      3 variant(s)
    • ₹9 to ₹51
      Cadila Pharmaceuticals Ltd
      4 variant(s)

    Expert advice for Cefazolin

    • Always take the complete course of treatment, as advised by your doctor even if you feel better.
    • Never take an antibiotic for a viral infection like a cold or the flu.
    • Can lead to nausea and diarrhoea frequently. If this becomes severe or persistent or you notice that your stool contains blood or mucus you should stop taking Cefazolin immediately and consult your doctor.
    • Inform your doctor if you develop a rash or other unexpected symptoms.
    • Inform your doctor if there is the previous history of drug allergy.
    • Inform your doctor if you have ever been diagnosed with kidney or liver problems.

    Frequently asked questions for Cefazolin


    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
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    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 29 August, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)