More Answers on Ceftazidime

Important Information for Your Healthcare Provider

You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to receiving ceftazidime if you have:
  • Kidney disease, such as kidney failure (renal failure)
  • An allergy to cephalosporin or penicillin antibiotics
  • Any other allergies, including to food, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about any other medications you are taking, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
(Click Precautions and Warnings With Ceftazidime to learn more, including information on who should not use this drug.)

How Does Ceftazidime Work?

Ceftazidime is a cephalosporin antibiotic. Cephalosporins are part of a larger group of medications known as beta-lactam antibiotics (named after the ring-like "lactam" structure of these drugs). Ceftazidime works by stopping bacteria from making cell walls, which eventually causes the bacteria to die. Cephalosporins are related to penicillins.

When and How to Use Ceftazidime

General considerations to keep in mind during treatment with ceftazidime include the following:
  • This medication is given by IV or by intramuscular injection, usually once every 8 or 12 hours (perhaps less often if you have kidney disease).
  • When injected intramuscularly, a large muscle (such as the gluteus maximus) is used.
  • For serious infections, it is usually best to give this drug by IV, not by intramuscular injection.
  • Ceftazidime is often given for a few days after the infection has cleared up. For serious infections, an even longer treatment may be recommended.

Ceftazidime Drug Information

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