Generic Name: Ceftazidime

  • What is Fortaz?

    Fortaz is an antibiotic used to treat many different types of bacterial infections such as septicemia (a bloodstream infection), respiratory (lung) tract, urinary tract, skin, bone, joint, abdomen, gynecologic, as well as central nervous system (brain and spinal cord) infections. It may also be used to treat other bacterial infections, as determined by your doctor.

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

    Do not receive Fortaz if you are allergic to it, any of its ingredients, or other penicillin antibiotics. Tell your doctor immediately if you receive Fortaz and feel signs of an allergic reaction (such as a rash, swelling, or difficulty breathing).

    Fortaz can cause diarrhea or colitis (inflammation of the colon). This can occur even as late as 2 or more months after taking the last dose of Fortaz. Tell your doctor immediately if you have diarrhea that is watery or bloody.

    Use Fortaz as prescribed by your doctor for the full course of treatment, even if symptoms improve earlier. Do not skip doses. Complete the full course of treatment. Skipping doses or not completing the full course of Fortaz can decrease its effectiveness, and can lead to the growth of bacteria that are resistant to the effects of Fortaz.

  • Who should not take Fortaz?

    Do not receive Fortaz if you are allergic to it, any of its ingredients, or other penicillin antibiotics.

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

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Fortaz, especially if you have kidney or liver disease, a history of stomach or intestinal disease (such as colitis), or if you have ever had an allergic reaction to another cephalosporin or penicillin.

  • 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 prescribe the appropriate dose for you based on your condition.

    Neonates and Children 1 month-12 years: Your doctor will prescribe the appropriate dose for your child, based on their weight.

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

  • How should I take Fortaz?

    Your doctor will administer Fortaz injection intravenously for you.

  • What should I avoid while taking Fortaz?

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

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

    If Fortaz is taken 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 Fortaz with the following: certain antibiotics (such as neomycin or chloramphenicol), birth control pills, or diuretics (water pills), such as furosemide.

  • What are the possible side effects of Fortaz?

    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: diarrhea, fever, inflammation at the injection site, itchiness, nausea, rash, stomach pain, vomiting

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

    The effects of Fortaz during pregnancy are unknown. Fortaz is found in breast milk, tell your doctor if you are breastfeeeding. 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 Fortaz?

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

  • How should I store Fortaz?

    Your doctor will store this medication for you.