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Ceftazidime is used to treat life threatening bacterial infection including infections of the respiratory tract, brain, ear, urinary tract, skin and soft tissues, abdomen, bones and joints.

How it works

Ceftazidime belongs to group of medicines called cephalosporin antibiotics. It kills the bacteria by interrupting the bacterial cell wall (outer coating of bacteria) formation. As a result, the bacterial cell wall is weakened and ruptures, thereby killing the bacteria.

Common side effects

Liver enzyme increased, Diarrhoea, Dizziness, Fever, Injection site pain, Injection site redness, Black and bloody stools, Reduced blood platelets, Stomach cramp, Vomiting


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Expert advice

  • Ceftazidime is usually given by a doctor or a nurse as an injection directly into the vein or muscle.
  • Do not drive if you feel sleepy or dizzy while being treated with ceftazidime.
  • If you are taking birth conrol pills, ceftazidime can make them less effective. Ask your doctor about using a non-hormone method of birth control while taking this drug to avoid pregnancy.
  • Do not start or continue the ceftazidime and consult your doctor if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant or breastfeeding.

Frequently asked questions


Q. Is ceftazidime a sulfa, penicillin or a beta lactam drug?
Ceftazidime does not contain sulfa and is not a penicillin drug. It is beta lactam cephalosporin antibiotic.
Q. Is ceftazidime the same as Rocephin?
No, Rocephin is the brand name for ceftriaxone.
Q. Is ceftazidime dialyzable?
Yes, ceftazidime is a dialyzable drug.
Q. Is ceftazidime and ciprofloxacin compatible?
Yes, ceftazidime and ciprofloxacin are compatible when taken together.
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. Is ceftazidime nephrotoxic?
No, ceftazidime is not a nephrotoxic drug when given alone but when given along with aminoglycoside antibiotics (gentamicin, tobramycin) or diuretics such as furosemide, it may increase nephrotoxicity.

Content on this page was last updated on 30 September, 2016, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)