Claforan

Generic Name: Cefotaxime

  • What is Claforan?

    Claforan is an antibiotic used to treat certain bacterial infections of the lower respiratory (lung), urinary, or genital tracts and blood, skin, abdomen, bone, joint, or central nervous system (CNS) infections. Claforan is also used before surgery to prevent infections. It may also be used to treat other bacterial infections, as determined by your doctor. This medicine can be administered intravenously (through a vein in your arm) or intramuscularly (injected into the muscle).

  • What is the most important information I should know about Claforan?

    Your doctor will not administer Claforan to you if you are allergic to it, any of its ingredients, or similar antibiotics (such as cefazolin, cefaclor, or cefotetan). If you are allergic to penicillin antibiotics, it is possible for you to have an allergic reaction to this medication. Tell your doctor immediately if you receive Claforan and feel signs of an allergic reaction (such as a rash, swelling, or difficulty breathing).

    Claforan can cause diarrhea or colitis (inflammation of the colon). This can occur a couple of months after receiving the last dose of Claforan. Tell your doctor immediately if you have diarrhea or colitis.

    Claforan can cause blood disorders (such as low white blood cell counts), especially if you receive this medication for long periods of time. Your doctor will monitor your blood cell counts.

  • Who should not take Claforan?

    Your doctor will not administer Claforan to you if you are allergic to it, any of its ingredients, or other similar antibiotics; or to treat viral infections, such as the common cold.

  • What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Claforan?

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Claforan. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have allergies, liver or kidney disease, stomach disease, or colitis.

  • What is the usual dosage?

    The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.

    Adults: Your doctor will administer the appropriate dose for you, based on the type of your infection.

    Children: Your doctor will administer the appropriate dose for your child, based on their age and weight.

    If you have kidney impairment, your doctor will adjust your dose appropriately.

  • How should I take Claforan?

    Your doctor will administer Claforan for you in a hospital or clinic setting.

  • What should I avoid while taking Claforan?

    Do not miss your scheduled follow-up appointments with your doctor.

  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Claforan?

    If Claforan is used with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Claforan with certain antibiotics (such as amikacin, gentamicin, or streptomycin) or probenecid.

  • What are the possible side effects of Claforan?

    Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.

    Side effects may include: colitis, diarrhea, fever, headache, inflammation of your vagina, injection-site reactions, itchiness, kidney or liver problems, nausea, pain, rash, upset stomach

  • Can I receive Claforan if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    The effects of Claforan during pregnancy are unknown. Claforan can be found in your breast milk if you receive it during breastfeeding. Tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of Claforan?

    Claforan should be given under special circumstances as determined by your doctor.

  • How should I store Claforan?

    Your doctor will store this medication for you.