Cefotaxime Side Effects

Possible Side Effects

With most medications, studies are performed using both the real drug and a placebo (a "sugar pill" that does not contain any active ingredients) in order to compare the effectiveness and side effects between the real drug and the placebo. However, studies with cefotaxime did not use a placebo, as it would be unethical to treat serious infections with a placebo. Therefore, it was up to the researchers to decide which side effects were probably related to the drug.
 
Common cefotaxime side effects that were likely to be related to the drug included:
 
  • Reactions at the injection site (often inflammation for IV use or pain, lumps, and tenderness for IM injections) -- in up to 4.3 percent of people
 
  • Allergic reactions (usually involving an itchy rash) -- up to 2.4 percent
 
  • Digestive symptoms (usually diarrhea, but sometimes nausea or vomiting) -- up to 1.4 percent.
 

Final Thoughts

You may experience some or none of the side effects listed in this article. Unfortunately, there is no way for your healthcare provider to know beforehand if you will have problems with a medicine that you have never tried.
 
Therefore, make sure to let your healthcare provider know if you develop any side effects while using cefotaxime or if something "just does not seem right." While it may not be related to the medication, your healthcare provider will be able to diagnose and treat the problem.

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