Information about Cefotaxime

    Cefotaxime uses

    Cefotaxime is used in the treatment of bacterial infections.

    How cefotaxime works

    Cefotaxime is an antibiotic. It kills the bacteria by attacking their cell wall. Specifically, it prevents the synthesis of a substance in the cell wall called peptidoglycan, which provides the cell wall with the strength required for survival of bacteria in human body.

    Common side effects of cefotaxime

    Nausea, Diarrhoea, Allergic reaction

    Available Medicine for Cefotaxime

    • ₹14 to ₹35
      Alkem Laboratories Ltd
      4 variant(s)
    • ₹15 to ₹34
      Biochem Pharmaceutical Industries
      3 variant(s)
    • ₹13 to ₹34
      Zuventus Healthcare Ltd
      4 variant(s)
    • ₹33
      Lupin Ltd
      1 variant(s)
    • ₹15 to ₹37
      Aristo Pharmaceuticals Pvt Ltd
      3 variant(s)
    • ₹12 to ₹37
      Mapra Laboratories Pvt Ltd
      5 variant(s)
    • ₹13 to ₹34
      Lupin Ltd
      4 variant(s)
    • ₹16 to ₹25
      Neon Laboratories Ltd
      2 variant(s)
    • ₹28
      Veritaz Healthcare Ltd
      1 variant(s)
    • ₹12 to ₹27
      Cadila Pharmaceuticals Ltd
      3 variant(s)

    Expert advice for Cefotaxime

    • Always take the complete course of treatment, as advised by your doctor even if you feel better.
    • Never take an antibiotic for a viral infection like a cold or the flu.
    • Can lead to nausea and diarrhoea frequently. If this becomes severe or persistent or you notice that your stool contains blood or mucus you should stop taking Cefotaxime immediately and consult your doctor.
    • Inform your doctor if you develop a rash or other unexpected symptoms.
    • Inform your doctor if there is the previous history of drug allergy.
    • Inform your doctor if you have ever been diagnosed with kidney or liver problems.

    Frequently asked questions for Cefotaxime


    Q. Is cefotaxime a sulfa, penicillin or broad spectrum antibiotic?
    Cefotaxime does not contain sulfa and is not a penicillin drug. It is a third generation, broad spectrum cephalosporin antibiotic
    Q. Is cefotaxime compatible with potassium and TPN?
    Yes, cefotaxime can be given with potassium and TPN (total parenteral nutrition)
    Q. Is Cefotaxime ototoxic (toxic to the ear)?
    No, Cefotaxime is not an ototoxic drug when given alone, but when given along with aminoglycoside antibiotics (gentamicin, tobramycin), it may increase ototoxicity
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    Q. Is Cefotaxime bacteriostatic or bactericidal?
    Cefotaxime is a bactericidal agent
    Q. What organisms does Cefotaxime cover?
    Cefotaxime is active against Escherichia coli, group A and B streptococci, pseudomonas and staphylococcus bacteria. In some cases, Streptococcus pneumonia may show resistance to the drug. It may not be effective against methicillin- resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).

    Content on this page was last updated on 05 September, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)