No, Cefotaxime is not the same as penicillin. Cefotaxime belongs to the third generation class of cephalosporins. Cefotaxime is active against numerous gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria, including several with resistance to other antibiotics such as penicillin.
Q. What kind of infections does Cefotaxime treat?
Cefotaxime is an antibiotic used to treat conditions such as lower respiratory tract infections (related to the lungs, windpipe and airways), skin and skin structure infections, urinary tract infections, pelvic inflammatory disease, bacterial septicemia, bone and joint infections, and meningitis (brain related).
Q. What if I forget to take a dose of Cefotaxime?
If you have missed a dose of Cefotaxime, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, take it in the regular schedule instead of taking the missed dose. Do not double the dose to make up for the missed one as this may increase the chances of developing side effects.
Q. How long does Cefotaxime take to work?
Usually, Cefotaxime starts working soon after you take it. However, it may take some days to kill all the harmful bacteria and relieve your symptoms completely.
Q. Is Cefotaxime effective?
Cefotaxime is effective if used in the dose and duration advised by your doctor. Do not stop taking it even if you see improvement in your condition. If you stop using Cefotaxime too early, the symptoms may return or worsen.
Q. Can the use of Cefotaxime cause diarrhea?
Yes, the use of Cefotaxime can cause diarrhea. Cefotaxime 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. What if I do not get better after using Cefotaxime?
Inform your doctor if you do not feel better even after finishing the full course of treatment. You must also inform your doctor if the symptoms get worse while using this medicine.
Q. Can I stop taking Cefotaxime when my symptoms are relieved or when I feel better?
No, do not stop taking Cefotaxime before completing the full course of treatment. You may start feeling better before the infection is completely cured. But, it is important to take this medicine for the full duration advised by the doctor.
Information last updated by Dr. Varun Gupta, MD Pharmacology on 16th May 2020. The medicine details are for information purpose only. Consult a doctor before taking any medicine.