Cefotaxime Sodium (sef-oh-TAX-eem SOE-dee-um)
Treats infections caused by bacteria. This medicine is a cephalosporin antibiotic.
Amerinet Claforan, Claforan, Novaplus Claforan
When This Medicine Should Not Be Used
How to Use This Medicine
- Your doctor will prescribe your exact dose and tell you how often it should be given. This medicine is given as a shot into one of your muscles or through a needle placed in one of your veins.
- A nurse or other health provider will give you this medicine.
- Missed dose: You must use this medicine on a fixed schedule. Call your doctor or pharmacist if you miss a dose.
Drugs and Foods to Avoid
Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
- Some medicines can affect how cefotaxime works. Tell your doctor if you are taking any of the following:
- A cephalosporin antibiotic, such as cefdinir, cefuroxime, cephalexin
- An aminoglycoside antibiotic, such as amikacin, gentamicin, streptomycin, tobramycin
Warnings While Using This Medicine
- Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or if you have kidney disease, liver disease, heart rhythm problems (such as arrhythmia), or a history of stomach or bowel disease, such as colitis. Tell your doctor if you had an allergic reaction to penicillin.
- This medicine can cause diarrhea. Call your doctor if the diarrhea becomes severe, does not stop, or is bloody. Do not take any medicine to stop diarrhea until you have talked to your doctor. Diarrhea can occur 2 months or more after you stop taking this medicine.
- Tell any doctor or dentist who treats you that you are using this medicine. This medicine may affect certain medical test results.
- Call your doctor if your symptoms do not improve or if they get worse.
- Keep all medicine out of the reach of children. Never share your medicine with anyone.
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
- Blistering, peeling, red skin rash
- Pain, itching, burning, swelling, or a lump under your skin where the needle is placed
- Severe diarrhea (watery or bloody), nausea, or vomiting
- Severe stomach pain
- Unusual bleeding, bruising, or weakness
If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
- Mild diarrhea, nausea, or vomiting
- Mild skin rash
- 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 reviewed on 7/4/2015
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