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Ceftazidime (Injection)

Ceftazidime (sef-TAZ-i-deem)

Treats infections caused by bacteria. Belongs to a class of drugs called cephalosporin antibiotics.

Brand Name(s):

Fortaz, Novaplus Tazicef, Tazicef

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 ceftazidime or any other cephalosporin medicine such as Keflex®, Ceclor®, or Duricef®.

How to Use This Medicine:

Injectable

  • Take your medicine as directed.
  • An IM injection is a shot given in your muscle (upper arm, thigh, buttocks). An IV infusion is medicine that is put directly into your body through one of your veins.
  • A nurse or other health provider will give you this medicine.
  • You may be taught how to give your medicine at home. Make sure you understand all instructions before giving yourself an injection. Do not use more medicine or use it more often than your doctor tells you to.
  • 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:

  • You must use this medicine on a fixed schedule. Call your doctor or pharmacist if you miss a dose.

How to Store and Dispose of This Medicine:

  • Throw away used needles in a hard, closed container that the needles cannot poke through. Keep this container away from children and pets.
  • If you store this medicine at home, keep it in the refrigerator. Do not freeze. Take it out of the refrigerator an hour before the time for your next dose. Allow the medicine to warm to room temperature in a clean, dry place.
  • Ask your pharmacist, doctor, or health caregiver about the best way to dispose of any leftover medicine, containers, and other supplies. You will also need to throw away old medicine after the expiration date has passed.
  • Keep all medicine out of the reach of children. Never share your medicine with anyone.

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 the doctor knows if you are using furosemide (Lasix®), chloramphenicol, or an aminoglycoside (such as amikacin, kanamycin, streptomycin, tobramycin, gentamicin, Garamycin®, Kantrex®, or Netromycin®).

Warnings While Using This Medicine:

  • Make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant or breast feeding.
  • Tell your doctor if you have ever had an allergic reaction to penicillin.
  • Make sure your doctor knows if you have liver or kidney disease or if you have ever had stomach or intestinal problems such as colitis.
  • Ask your doctor before you take any medicine to stop severe diarrhea.
  • Take all of the medicine in your prescription to clear up your infection, even if you feel better after the first few doses.
  • Call your doctor if your symptoms do not improve or if they get worse.
  • Tell any doctor or dentist who treats you that you are using this medicine. This medicine may affect certain medical test results.

Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine:

Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:

  • Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in your face or hands, swelling or tingling in your mouth or throat, chest tightness, trouble breathing
  • Diarrhea (loose, watery stools that may or may not contain blood).
  • Severe vomiting or stomach pain.
  • Swelling, pain, or redness near where your IV is located.

If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:

  • Mild diarrhea or nausea.
  • Pain where the IM shot was given.
  • Vaginal itching or discharge.

If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088


Last Updated: 4/4/2014

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