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Ceftizoxime is used to treat lower respiratory tract infections, urinary tract infections, gonorrhea and pelvic inflammatory disease.

How it works

Ceftizoxime is an antibiotic that belongs to class of medicines called cephalosporins. It works by inhibiting the bacterial cell wall synthesis, thereby killing the bacteria.

Common side effects

Nausea, Rash, Itching, Diarrhoea, Abdominal pain, Shortness of breath, Headache, Bruise, Bleeding, Sore mouth, Sore throat, Stomach upset, Urticaria, Vomiting


Expert advice

  • Do not take ceftizoxime if you had severe allergic reaction (severe rash, hives, difficulty breathing, dizziness, etc) to penicillin (eg. amoxicillin) or other beta-lactam antibiotics (eg. imipenem).
  • Seek immediate medical attention if you experience severe diarrhea, stomach pain or cramps, or bloody stools.
  • Do not discontinue ceftizoxime without doctor’s advice. Sudden discontinuation of ceftizoxime may decrease its effectiveness and bacteria may become insensitive to ceftizoxime.
  • Tell your doctor if you are or planning to become pregnant or are breastfeeding.

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