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    Information about Ceftazidime

    Ceftazidime uses

    Ceftazidime is used in the treatment of bacterial infections
    It is used for short-term treatment of bacterial infections of urinary tract, skin and soft-tissue, ear, bone, blood, abdomen, genital and lungs (pneumonia). It is also used to prevent infections after surgery.

    How ceftazidime works

    Ceftazidime is an antibiotic. It works by preventing the formation of the bacterial protective covering which is essential for the survival of bacteria in the human body.

    Common side effects of ceftazidime

    Nausea, Diarrhoea, Allergic reaction

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    Expert advice for Ceftazidime

    • Your doctor has prescribed Ceftazidime to cure your infection and improve symptoms.
    • Do not skip any doses and finish the full course of treatment even if you feel better.
    • Discontinue Ceftazidime and inform your doctor immediately if you get a rash, itchy skin, swelling of face and mouth, or have difficulty in breathing.
    • 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.
    • If you're on blood thinners, Ceftazidime can interact with your medications and increase your bleeding tendencies.

    Frequently asked questions for Ceftazidime


    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 15 December, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)