Tazicef

Tazicef treats several different types of bacterial infections. Report any diarrhea while taking this medication to your physician.

Tazicef Overview

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Tazicef is a prescription medication used to treat bacterial infections, including lung, skin, bone, joint, brain, stomach, blood, urinary tract, and gynecological infections. Tazicef belongs to a group of drugs called cephalosporin antibiotics, which work to stop the growth of bacteria in the body.

This medication is available in an injectable form to be given directly into a vein (IV) or muscle (IM) by a healthcare professional.

Common side effects include irritation at the site of injection, rash, nausea, diarrhea, and vomiting.

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  • Other
  • Acinetobacter Infections
  • Bacterial Infections
  • Bone Diseases, Infectious
  • Escherichia Coli Infections
  • Fever
  • Haemophilus Infections
  • Klebsiella Infections
  • Meningitis, Bacterial
  • Neutropenia
  • Pneumonia, Bacterial
  • Proteus Infections
  • Pseudomonas Infections
  • Sepsis
  • Serratia Infections
  • Skin Diseases, Bacterial
  • Soft Tissue Infections
  • Staphylococcal Infections
  • Streptococcal Infections
  • Urinary Tract Infections

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Uses of Tazicef

Tazicef is a prescription medication used to treat bacterial infections, including lung, skin, bone, joint, brain, stomach, blood, urinary tract, and gynecological infections.

This medication may be prescribed for other uses. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

 

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Tazicef Drug Class

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Side Effects of Tazicef

Serious side effects have been reported with Tazicef. See the “Drug Precautions” section.

Common side effects include:

  • itching
  • rash
  • fever
  • irritation at the site of injection
  • diarrhea
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • headache

This is not a complete list of Tazicef side effects. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Tazicef Interactions

Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Especially tell your doctor if you take:

  • aminoglycosides such as amikacin (Amikin), gentamicin (Garamycin), and tobramycin (Nebcin)
  • furosemide (Lasix)
  • probenecid (Probalan, Benemid)
  • methotrexate (Trexall, Rheumatrex)
  • birth control pills
  • chloramphenicol (Chloromycetin, Mychel-S)

This is not a complete list of Tazicef drug interactions. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

Tazicef Precautions

Serious side effects have been reported with Tazicef including:

  • hypersensitivity (severe allergic reaction). Signs of a hypersensitivity reaction, which include the following:
    • chest pain
    • swelling of the face, eyes, lips, tongue, arms, or legs
    • difficulty breathing or swallowing
    • fainting
    • rash
  • diarrhea. Diarrhea is a common problem caused by antibiotics, and it usually ends when the antibacterial is discontinued. Sometimes after starting treatment with antibiotics, patients can develop watery and bloody stools (with or without stomach cramps and fever) even as late as 2 or more months after having taken their last dose of the antibacterial. If diarrhea is severe or lasts more than 2 or 3 days, contact your doctor, as this may be a sign of an infection of the bowels.
  • superinfection. Tazicef should not be used for extended periods. Prolonged use can lead to the growth of dangerous organisms that are resistant or unresponsive to this medication. Take Tazicef for the duration prescribed by your doctor.
  • bleeding abnormalities. Your health care provider may want to monitor lab tests that show how well your blood is able to clot or that measure your tendency to bleed. Any abnormalities or irregularities that may occur may be more common in those with kidney dysfunction.
  • nervous system disturbances. Some may experience nervous symptom abnormalities such as a seizure or disturbances of consciousness (confusion, hallucinations, stupor, coma) when the dose of Tazicef exceeds the recommended dose, especially in the presence of kidney dysfunction.

Do not take Tazicef if you are allergic to Tazicef or to any of its ingredients.

Tazicef Food Interactions

Medications can interact with certain foods. In some cases, this may be harmful and your doctor may advise you to avoid certain foods. In the case of Tazicef, there are no specific foods that you must exclude from your diet when receiving this medication.

Inform MD

Before taking Tazicef, tell your doctor about all of your medical conditions. Especially tell your doctor if you:

  • are allergic to Tazicef or to any ingredient of Tazicef
  • are allergic to similar antibiotics (penicillins, cephalosporins)
  • have kidney problems
  • have gastrointestinal (stomach or bowel) problems
  • have a history of seizure activity
  • are pregnant or are breastfeeding

Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

Tazicef and Pregnancy

Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.

The FDA categorizes medications based on safety for use during pregnancy. Five categories - A, B, C, D, and X, are used to classify the possible risks to an unborn baby when a medication is taken during pregnancy.

Tazicef falls into category B. There are no well-done studies that have been done in humans with Tazicef. But in animal studies, pregnant animals were given this medication, and the babies did not show any medical issues related to this medication.

Tazicef and Lactation

Tell your doctor if you are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed.

Tazicef has been detected in human breast milk. Because of the possibility for adverse reactions in nursing infants from Tazicef, a choice should be made whether to stop nursing or to stop use of this medication. The importance of the drug to the mother should be considered.

Tazicef Usage

Take Tazicef exactly as prescribed.

This medication is available in an injectable form to be given directly into a vein (IV) or muscle (IM) by a healthcare professional.

Tazicef Dosage

Take Tazicef exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully.

The Tazicef dose your doctor recommends will be based on the following:

  • the infection being treated
  • other medical conditions you have
  • other medications you are taking
  • how you respond to this medication
  • your kidney function
  • your weight
  • your age

The recommended dose range for Tazicef (ceftazidime) is 500 mg to 6 grams, divided into even doses and given every 8, 12, 24, or 48 hours.

Tazicef Overdose

Tazicef is usually administered by a healthcare provider in a medical setting making it unlikely for an overdose to occur. However, if overdose is suspected, seek emergency medical attention.