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    Information about Ceftazidime

    Ceftazidime uses

    Ceftazidime is used in the treatment of bacterial infections.

    How ceftazidime works

    Ceftazidime is an antibiotic. It kills bacteria by preventing them from forming the bacterial protective covering (cell wall) which is needed for them to survive.

    Common side effects of ceftazidime

    Diarrhea, Allergic reaction, Rash, Injection site reaction
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    Written By
    Dr. Love Sharma
    PhD (Pharmacology), PGDPRA
    Reviewed By
    Dr. Shilpa Garcha
    MD (Pharmacology), MBBS
    Last updated on:
    06 Nov 2019 | 04:19 PM (IST)
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    Expert advice for Ceftazidime

    • Your doctor has prescribed Ceftazidime to cure your infection and improve your symptoms.
    • Do not skip any doses and finish the full course of treatment even if you feel better. Stopping it early may make the infection to come back and harder to treat.
    • Take it with food to avoid an upset stomach.
    • Diarrhea may occur as a side effect but should stop when your course is complete. Inform your doctor if it doesn't stop or if you find blood in your stools.
    • Avoid consuming alcohol while taking Ceftazidime as it may cause increased side effects.
    • Discontinue Ceftazidime and inform your doctor immediately if you get a rash, itchy skin, swelling of face and mouth, or have difficulty in breathing.

    Frequently asked questions for Ceftazidime


    Q. What organisms does Ceftazidime cover?

    Ceftazidime is active against pseudomonas, anaerobes, and staphylococcus bacteria. It may not be effective against methicillin- resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).

    Q. Can the use of Ceftazidime cause diarrhea?

    Yes, the use of Ceftazidime can cause diarrhea. It is an antibiotic which kills the harmful bacteria. However, it also affects the helpful bacteria in your stomach or intestine and causes diarrhea. If diarrhea persists, talk to your doctor about it.

    Q. How long does Ceftazidime takes to work?

    Usually, Ceftazidime starts working soon after taking it. However, it may take some days to kill all the harmful bacteria and make you feel better.

    Q. What if I don't get better after using Ceftazidime?

    Inform your doctor if you don't feel better after finishing the full course of treatment. Also, inform him if your symptoms are getting worse while using this medicine.

    Q. Can I stop taking Ceftazidime when my symptoms are relieved?

    No, do not stop taking Ceftazidime and complete the full course of treatment even if you feel better. Your symptoms may improve before the infection is completely cured.

    Content on this page was last updated on 06 November, 2019, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)