Treats infections caused by bacteria. Belongs to a class of drugs called cephalosporin antibiotics.
Fortaz, Tazicef, Novaplus 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
- Your doctor will tell you how much of this medicine to use and how often. Do not use more medicine or use it more often than your doctor tells you to.
- 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 trained health professional 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:
- This medicine needs to be given on a fixed schedule. If you miss a dose or forget to use your medicine, call your doctor or pharmacist for instructions.
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 away from children and 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.
- If you have severe diarrhea, ask your doctor before taking any medicine to stop the diarrhea.
- Keep using this medicine for the full treatment time, even if you feel better after the first few doses. Your infection may not clear up if you stop using the medicine too soon.
- If your symptoms do not improve or if they get worse, call your doctor.
- Make sure any doctor or dentist who treats you knows that you are using this medicine. This medicine may affect the results of certain medical tests.
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 Reviewed on 06/12/2013
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