Generic Name: Ceftazidime

  • What is Tazicef?

    Tazicef is an antibiotic used to treat certain bacterial infections of the lower respiratory (lung), urinary, or genital tract; and skin, blood, bone, joint, abdomen, or central nervous system (CNS) 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 Tazicef?

    Tazicef can cause severe allergic reactions if you are allergic to it, any of its ingredients, or other similar antibiotics (such as cefaclor, cefazolin, 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 Tazicef and experience signs of an allergic reaction (such as rash, swelling, or difficulty breathing).

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

  • Who should not take Tazicef?

    Your doctor will not administer Tazicef to you if you are allergic to it, any of its ingredients, or 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 Tazicef?

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Tazicef. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have allergies; kidney, liver, or blood clotting problems; nutritional problems; stomach or intestinal diseases; 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 and severity of your infection.

    Children: Your doctor will administer the appropriate dose for your child, based on their weight, the type and severity of their infection.

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

  • How should I take Tazicef?

    Your doctor will administer Tazicef to you.

  • What should I avoid while taking Tazicef?

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

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

    If Tazicef is used with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to tell your doctor if you are taking any of the following prior to treatment with Tazicef: blood pressure/heart medications known as diuretics (water pills) (such as furosemide), certain antibiotics, or chloramphenicol.

  • What are the possible side effects of Tazicef?

    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: allergic reactions; diarrhea; dizziness; headache; inflammation at the injection site; inflammation of your vagina; inflammation of your vein at the injection site; nausea; tingling, burning, pricking, or numbness of the skin; thrush (a fungal infection in the mouth, throat, and tongue); vomiting

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

    The effects of Tazicef during pregnancy are unknown. Tazicef can be found in your breast milk if you receive it while 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 Tazicef?

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

  • How should I store Tazicef?

    Your doctor will store this medication for you.