What Is Ceftazidime Used For?
Bloodstream infections, urinary tract infections, and bone infections are just a few of the conditions that can be treated with ceftazidime. As a cephalosporin antibiotic, the medication targets bacteria by stopping them from making cell walls, which eventually causes them to die. "Off-label" (unapproved) uses of ceftazidime include the prevention of surgical infections.
Ceftazidime (Fortaz®, Tazicef®) is a prescription antibiotic typically used in hospitals or other similar settings. It is given either intramuscularly (injected into a muscle) or intravenously (by IV).
Ceftazidime is approved for treating the following types of infections:
- Urinary tract infections (UTIs, such as a bladder infection or kidney infection)
- Bloodstream infections
- Bone and joint infections
- Lower respiratory tract infections, such as pneumonia
- Skin and skin structure infections
- Gynecologic infections
- Abdominal infections
- Central nervous system infections, such as meningitis.
Ceftazidime is approved for treating these infections only when they are caused by certain types of bacteria. Not all bacteria will respond to this medication. Also, bacteria have different resistance patterns in different regions in the country. This means that some bacteria may be susceptible to ceftazidime in certain parts of the country but not in others.
Ceftazidime is completely ineffective for treating viral illnesses, such as the common cold or the flu.
In some situations, your healthcare provider may perform certain tests to see if your particular infection is susceptible or resistant to ceftazidime. In other situations, your healthcare provider may decide to try the medication without such tests, especially for infections that are not severe.