An injectable antibiotic, ceftazidime (Fortaz®, Tazicef®) is used to treat bacterial infections, such as pneumonia, meningitis, and urinary tract infections (UTIs). It belongs to a group of medications known as cephalosporin antibiotics, which are related to penicillins. The medication works by stopping bacteria from making cell walls, which eventually causes the bacteria to die.
Just as with any medicine, ceftazidime can cause side effects. In clinical trials, the most common ones included irritation at the injection site and diarrhea. However, most people are able to receive the drug without any problems.
(Click Ceftazidime for more details on how the drug works, as well as what to expect during treatment and in-depth dosing guidelines. You can also click any of the links in the box to the right for specific information.)
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