Treats infections caused by bacteria. Belongs to a class of drugs called cephalosporin antibiotics.
Brand Name(s):There may be other brand names for this medicine.
When This Medicine Should Not Be Used:You should not use this medicine if you have ever had an allergic reaction to cephalosporin medicine, such as Keflex®, Velosef®, or Ceclor®.
How to Use This Medicine:
- Your doctor will prescribe your exact dose and tell you how often it should be given.
- An IM shot is given in your muscle (upper arm, thigh, buttocks).
- An IV is medicine that is put directly into your body through one of your veins.
- This medicine should be given by a person trained to give IV or IM medicine, such as a nurse. Sometimes you, a family member, or friend can be taught to give your medicine.
- If you are receiving IV medicine, check the bag to make sure there are no leaks. Also make sure the solution is clear.
If a dose is missed:
- This medicine needs to be given on a regular schedule. Take the missed dose as soon as you remember, and take the rest of the doses for the day at evenly spaced time intervals.
- If you miss more than one dose, call your doctor for instructions.
How to Store and Dispose of This Medicine:
- Store in a refrigerator. Do not freeze. Take it out of the refrigerator an hour before the time for your next dose and allow it to warm to room temperature in a clean, dry place.
- If you see particles in the solution, You should not use it.
- If you have your treatments at home, you may be given a special container for the used needles. Keep it where children or pets cannot reach it.
- Keep all medicine out of the reach of children.
Drugs and Foods to Avoid:
Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
- Make sure your doctor knows if you are taking birth control pills or probenecid (Benemid®, ColBENEMID®) while taking cephalothin.
Warnings While Using This Medicine:
- If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, talk to your doctor before taking this medicine.
- Before taking this medicine, let your doctor know if you have ever had an allergic reaction to penicillin medicines.
- Make sure your doctor knows if you have liver or kidney disease or colitis before taking this medicine.
- If you have severe diarrhea while taking cephalothin, check with your doctor before taking medicine to stop the diarrhea.
- Cephalothin may cause incorrect results with urine sugar tests used by patients with diabetes.
Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine:
Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:
- Rash, hives, or blistering skin
- Swelling of the face, throat, or lips
- Wheezing or trouble breathing
- Severe diarrhea, vomiting, or stomach pain
- Pain, burning, or swelling where the shot or IV is given
If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
- Mild diarrhea
- Sore mouth or tongue
- Vaginal itching or discharge
Last Updated: 6/12/2013