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Dr. Margaret Bash
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Cefazolin (Overview)

Cefazolin is a second generation cephalosporin which is a kind of cephalosporin type drug (anti-bacterial drug, antibiotic and antimicrobial).


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How does cefazolin work to fight disease?

How does cefazolin work to fight disease?

Cell wall synthesis : All penicillins and cephalosporins act by damaging cell wall synthesis in bacteria causing cell death. This is why they work best against rapidly multiplying populations of bacteria. They are less effective against stationary phase bacteria. ...Read more

Dr. Margaret Bash
130 doctors shared insights

Cefazolin (Overview)

Cefazolin is a second generation cephalosporin which is a kind of cephalosporin type drug (anti-bacterial drug, antibiotic and antimicrobial).


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Since i'm allergic to penicillin, I was prescribed cefazolin, but i'm terrified of needles. Can I take pills instead?

Since i'm allergic to penicillin, I was prescribed cefazolin, but i'm terrified of needles. Can I take pills instead?

Pen/cephalosporins : It depends . First of all, the first choice substitute antibiotic for a penicillin-allergic person is not a cephalosporin, especially a first-generation one like cephazolin. There is a small chance you will be allergic to the cephazolin, and giving it parenterally is much more dangerous than orally. The type of infection you have determines what antibiotics you can use. Ask your doctor for options. ...Read more

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How does cefazolin work to fight disease?

Cell wall synthesis : All penicillins and cephalosporins act by damaging cell wall synthesis in bacteria causing cell death. This is why they work best against rapidly multiplying populations of bacteria. They are less effective against stationary phase bacteria. ...Read more

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What is resistence to ancef (cefazolin)?

What is resistence to ancef (cefazolin)?

Ancef (cefazolin) resistance: Resistance to ancef (cefazolin) or any other antibiotic means that the bacterial infection will not respond to this treatment. ...Read more

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How does cefazolin work as antibiotic?

How does cefazolin work as antibiotic?

Beta lactams: Antibiotics like cefazolin and penicillins have a beta-lactam ring in their structure which interferes with synthesis of bacterial cell wall and aids in activation of enzymes which then help to destroy the bacteria. ...Read more

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What amount 25 mg ancef (cefazolin) for a child of 65 lbs?

What amount 25 mg ancef (cefazolin) for a child of 65 lbs?

Cefazolin: Cefazolin (generic Ancef) is a intravenous or intramuscular injection drug only. For a 65 lb kid the dose range is 25-100 mg/kg/day divided into 3-4 doses a day. So each dose administered would be between 750-3000mg, depending on the severity of the infection being treated. There is no oral preparation of this available in the United States. Not sure about rest of the world. ...Read more

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Please advise! how much 25 mg ancef (cefazolin) for a child of 65 lbs?

Please advise! how much 25 mg ancef (cefazolin) for a child of 65 lbs?

Depends: The dosage depends both upon weight and the severity of the infection. This is best discussed with your child's pediatrician. ...Read more

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Am I allergic to cefazolin if I had nausea?

Am I allergic to cefazolin if I had nausea?

Side effect: Nausea is one of the side effects of cefazolin therapy and it is possible for you to experience this. It is not likely a sign of allergy of cefazolin. ...Read more

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Kefzol (cefazolin) 500 mg/5 ml. Why you would administer ?

Kefzol (cefazolin) 500 mg/5 ml. Why you would administer ?

Cefazolin: This first generation cephalosporin antibiotic can be used for numerous bacterial infections, but many organisms have developed resistance. It is also a standard of use as a prophylactic antibiotic during surgery. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Cefazolin allergy?

What is the definition or description of: Cefazolin allergy?

Cefazolin allergy: Cefazolinis a cephalosprin antibiotic. Allergic reactions occur when your body produces antibodies to substance that are harmless to most. Reactions may be mild to severe. See: https://www.drugs.com/mtm/ancef-injection.html ...Read more

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What do I need to know about cefazolin before letting my doctor give it to me?

What do I need to know about cefazolin before letting my doctor give it to me?

Safe antibiotic: Cefazolin or ancef (cefazolin) is a cephalosporin antibiotic in the extended family of penicillin. It can be given into the veins or into the muscle. It is frequently used before procedures to prevent an infection from developing. ...Read more

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Since i'm allergic to penicillin, I was prescribed cefazolin, but i'm terrified of needles. Can I take pills instead?

Pen/cephalosporins : It depends . First of all, the first choice substitute antibiotic for a penicillin-allergic person is not a cephalosporin, especially a first-generation one like cephazolin. There is a small chance you will be allergic to the cephazolin, and giving it parenterally is much more dangerous than orally. The type of infection you have determines what antibiotics you can use. Ask your doctor for options. ...Read more

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Iv ancef (cefazolin) safe if pregnant?

Iv ancef (cefazolin) safe if pregnant?

Yes: As long as you are not allergic to it. There is a 10% incidence of allergy if you are allergic to penicillin. ...Read more

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I got 1gm of ancef (cefazolin) IV during surgery. Why?

I got 1gm of ancef (cefazolin) IV during surgery. Why?

This is prophylatic: This is typically standard practice. It is prophylactic. Unless your surgery is infection related, you usually get the one dose prior to surgery, as a safety measure. Unless u have a post op infection you will probably only have the one dose. Be sure to tell the pre op visit anesthesiologt if you have any allergies to any medications. ...Read more

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I have cellulitis since last Wednesday,after 2 cefazolin shots, and oral cefalexin500 &1 day of clindamycin it is better but not well treated. Ideas?

I have cellulitis since last Wednesday,after 2 cefazolin shots, and oral cefalexin500 &1 day of clindamycin it is better but not well treated. Ideas?

Need more time: You say the area is better so it appears the antibiotics are working. Just give the medicine more time and follow closely with your doctor ...Read more

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Is it safe to give 1gm of ancef (cefazolin) IV during surgery?

Is it safe to give 1gm of ancef (cefazolin) IV during surgery?

Yes: Ancef (cefazolin) antibiotic, one gram dosage, is a very commonly used prophylactic antibiotic infused intravenous just before an operation, to help prevent a post-operative infection. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Ancef (cefazolin) allergy?

What is the definition or description of: Ancef (cefazolin) allergy?

Ancef: Ancef (cefazolin) is a cephalosprin antibiotic. Allergic reactions occur when your body produces antibodies to substance that are harmless to most. Reactions may be mild to severe. For potential adverse reactions see: https://www.drugs.com/sfx/ancef-side-effects.html ...Read more

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Is IV ancef (cefazolin) safe before surgery for those with a history of c. Difficile diarrhea?

Is IV ancef (cefazolin) safe before surgery for those with a history of c. Difficile diarrhea?

See below: All things are relative. Ancef (cefazolin) is relatively safe although the risk of getting c. Difficile again is real. The risk of surgical wound infection needs to be weighed against the risk of getting c. Difficile again. If you take the ancef (cefazolin) and develop diarrhea get stool checked for c. Difficile again. ...Read more

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