Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:
diarrhea that is watery or bloody;
fever, sore throat, and headache with a severe blistering, peeling, and red skin rash;
swelling, pain, or irritation where the injection was given;
skin rash, bruising, severe tingling, numbness, pain, muscle weakness;
feeling light-headed, fainting;
easy bruising or bleeding, unusual weakness;
fever, chills, body aches, flu symptoms;
urinating less than usual or not at all;
seizure (black-out or convulsions); or
jaundice (yellowing of the eyes or skin).
Less serious side effects are more likely to occur, such as:
nausea, vomiting, stomach pain;
mild skin rash; or
vaginal itching or discharge.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Side effects of Mefoxin in details
A side effect of any drug can be defined as the unwanted or undesired effect produced by the drug. The side effect can be major or in few medications minor that can be ignored. Side effects not only vary from drug to drug, but it also depends on the dose of the drug, the individual sensitivity of the person, brand or company which manufactures it. If side effects overweigh the actual effect of the medicine, it may be difficult to convince the patient to take the drug. Few patients get specific side effects to specific drugs; in that case, a doctor replaces the drug with another. If you feel any side effect and it troubles you, do not forget to share with your healthcare practitioner.
Applies to Mefoxin: intravenous powder for solution, intravenous solution
In addition to its needed effects, some unwanted effects may be caused by Mefoxin (the active ingredient contained in Mefoxin). In the event that any of these side effects do occur, they may require medical attention.
If any of the following side effects occur while taking Mefoxin, check with your doctor or nurse immediately:
Changes in skin color
swelling of the foot or leg
decreased urine output
rapid weight gain
swelling of the face, ankles, or hands
unusual tiredness or weakness
Incidence not known:
Abdominal or stomach cramps or tenderness
back, leg, or stomach pains
bleeding and bruising
blistering, peeling, or loosening of the skin
bloody or cloudy urine
bloody, black, or tarry stools
coughing up blood
cracks in the skin
decrease in urine output or decrease in urine-concentrating ability
diarrhea, watery and severe, which may also be bloody
difficult or labored breathing
difficult or painful urination
difficulty with breathing, chewing, swallowing, or talking
feeling of discomfort
general body swelling
greatly decreased frequency of urination or amount of urine
increased menstrual flow or vaginal bleeding
inflammation of the joints
itching of the vagina or genital area
joint or muscle pain
large, hive-like swelling on the face, eyelids, lips, tongue, throat, hands, legs, feet, or sex organs
loss of appetite
loss of heat from the body
pain during sexual intercourse
prolonged bleeding from cuts
puffiness or swelling of the eyelids or around the eyes, face, lips, or tongue
red or black, tarry stools
red or dark brown urine
red skin lesions, often with a purple center
red, irritated eyes
red, swollen skin
shortness of breath
sores, ulcers, or white spots on the lips or in the mouth
sudden decrease in the amount of urine
swelling of the feet or lower legs
swollen lymph glands
swollen or painful glands
thick, white vaginal discharge with no odor or with a mild odor
tightness in the chest
troubled breathing with exertion
unexplained bleeding or bruising
unpleasant breath odor
unusual bleeding or bruising
unusual weight loss
vomiting of blood
yellowing of the eyes or skin
Minor Side Effects
Some of the side effects that can occur with Mefoxin may not need medical attention. As your body adjusts to the medicine during treatment these side effects may go away. Your health care professional may also be able to tell you about ways to reduce or prevent some of these side effects. If any of the following side effects continue, are bothersome or if you have any questions about them, check with your health care professional:
Red streaks on the skin
swelling, tenderness, or pain at the injection site
Incidence not known:
Hives or welts
redness of the skin
What is the most important information I should know about Mefoxin?
Mefoxin only works against bacteria; it does not treat viral infections (eg, the common cold).
Be sure to use Mefoxin for the full course of treatment. If you do not, the medicine may not clear up your infection completely. The bacteria could also become less sensitive to this or other medicines. This could make the infection harder to treat in the future.
Long-term or repeated use of Mefoxin may cause a second infection. Tell your doctor if signs of a second infection occur. Your medicine may need to be changed to treat this.
Contact your doctor right away if stomach pain or cramps, severe diarrhea, or bloody stools occur during treatment or within several months after treatment with Mefoxin. Do not treat diarrhea without first checking with your doctor.
Diabetes patients - Mefoxin may cause the results of some tests for urine glucose to be wrong. Ask your doctor before you change your diet or the dose of your diabetes medicine.
Mefoxin may interfere with certain lab tests. Be sure your doctor and lab personnel know you are using Mefoxin.
Lab tests, including kidney or liver tests or blood cell counts, may be performed while you use Mefoxin. These tests may be used to monitor your condition or check for side effects. Be sure to keep all doctor and lab appointments.
Use Mefoxin with caution in the ELDERLY; they may be more sensitive to its effects.
Use Mefoxin with extreme caution in CHILDREN younger than 3 months old; safety and effectiveness in these children have not been confirmed.
Use Mefoxin with extreme caution in CHILDREN younger than 10 years old who have diarrhea or an infection of the stomach or bowel.
PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using Mefoxin while you are pregnant. Mefoxin is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use Mefoxin, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.
Contraindication can be described as a special circumstance or a disease or a condition wherein you are not supposed to use the drug or undergo particular treatment as it can harm the patient; at times, it can be dangerous and life threatening as well. When a procedure should not be combined with other procedure or when a medicine cannot be taken with another medicine, it is called Relative contraindication. Contraindications should be taken seriously as they are based on the relative clinical experience of health care providers or from proven research findings.
Do not use this medication if you are allergic to Mefoxin, or to similar antibiotics, such as Ceftin, Cefzil, Keflex, Omnicef, and others.
Before using this medication, tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs (especially penicillin). Also tell your doctor if you have liver or kidney disease, diabetes, heart failure, cancer, a stomach or intestinal disorder, or if you are malnourished.
Take this medication for the entire length of time prescribed by your doctor. Your symptoms may get better before the infection is completely treated. Mefoxin will not treat a viral infection such as the common cold or flu.
Antibiotic medicines can cause diarrhea, which may be a sign of a new infection. If you have diarrhea that is watery or has blood in it, call your doctor. Do not use any medicine to stop the diarrhea unless your doctor has told you to.
This medication can cause you to have unusual results with certain lab tests, including tests to check for glucose (sugar) in the urine. Tell any doctor who treats you that you are using Mefoxin.
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