Ceftazidime is used in injection form to treat bacterial infections in a variety of parts of the body. It belongs to a group of antibiotics medicines known as cephalosporin. They work by preventing the growth of bacteria or killing bacteria. However, this medicine will not work for the flu, colds, other virus type infections. It is only available via prescription via your doctor and is available in the dosage form: Powder for solution.
Along with the effects expected, Ceftazidime can potentially cause some unwanted side effects. Although not all of these side effects do occur, if they do, they could need medical attention. Remember you can report any side effects to the FDA.
We have listed the following side effects in terms of less common and rare. Check with a health professional or doctor urgently if any of the following side effects occur while taking ceftazidime:
Some side effects of ceftazidime may occur that usually don't need urgent or serious medical attention. These side effects usually disappear during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine with time. Also, your doctor or healthcare professional may be able to suggest various ways to reduce or prevent some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothering your day-to-day life, or if you have any questions or queries in general about them:
The final dosage of any medication will depend on different factors such as the type of illness you are being treated for, your age, height, weight and past medical history. As a general reference, the typical dosage of Ceftazidime for adults is one gram administered via the vein or muscle every eight to twelve hours. The route and dosage should be determined by the severity of infection, the condition treated, renal function of the patient and the susceptibility of the causative organisms. If you miss a dose, use the missed dose as soon as you realize. Skip the missed dose if it's almost time for your next scheduled dose. Under no circumstances should you use extra medicine to counteract the missed dose. If you are receiving this medication at a hospital or clinic, call your doctor if you miss your appointment for the administration of the injection.
Different drugs can interact with Ceftazidime to cause unwanted effects or serious illness. It's therefore important that you inform your doctor or health care professional of all the medications you are currently taking. This includes prescription, over-the-counter, vitamin, and herbal products and your past medical history. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicines without your doctor's approval.
Chlorine vaccine: If you are currently being treated with Ceftazidime or have been treated with it within the last fourteen days, you should speak with your doctor before you receive the live cholera vaccine. This is because antibiotics like Ceftazidime can reduce the activity of the vaccine and inhibit its ability to work. Be wary.
There are six disease interactions with Fortaz (ceftazidime) which include:
You should not use this medication if you are allergic to Ceftazidime, or to other similar antibiotics, such as:
Before using ceftazidime, tell your pharmacist or doctor if you are allergic to it or penicillins, or if you have any other allergies. This product could contain inactive ingredients, which can cause problems and allergic reactions. Speak to your pharmacist for further details.
To make sure you can safely use Ceftazidime, you should inform your doctor if you have any of the following conditions:
Antibiotic medicines can increase your risk of having diarrhea, which could be a sign of another new infection. If you experience diarrhea that is bloody or watery, stop taking Ceftazidime and immediately get in touch with your doctor. Do not use anti-diarrhea medicine unless you have been told to by your doctor or a healthcare professional.
Ceftazidime is injected into a vein or muscle. You may be shown how to use injections at home. Do not self-inject this medicine if you don't understand fully how to give the injection and properly dispose of used syringes, needles, and other items used in the administration of the medicine.
Use exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use in smaller or larger amounts or for longer periods of time other than you've been directed. Follow the directions on your prescription label.
Sometimes you may be required to mix ceftazidime with a liquid before it can be used. If you're using the injections at home, make sure you know how to store and properly mix the medication.
Use this medication for the full prescribed length of time. There is a chance that your symptoms can improve, but the infection has not completely cleared. Skipping doses can increase your risk of further infections that are resistant to other antibiotics. Ceftazidime will not successfully treat viral infections such as the cold or flu.
This medicine can cause strange results with certain lab tests for sugar (glucose) in urine. Inform your physician/doctor who treats you that you are taking Ceftazidime.
When used correctly, Ceftazidime is successful in treating a variety of bacterial problems. It can only be used under the instruction of your doctor and to ensure it is successful, it's absolutely necessary that you inform your health care professional or doctor of the full list of medications you are currently taking and a full background of your medical history. There are certain illness and medications that can prohibit the use of Ceftazidime. You and your doctor will discuss whether Ceftazidime is the correct choice for you. It is not recommended during breastfeeding and can inhibit the effectiveness of birth control so extra precautions will be required during sexual relations whilst on this medication.