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Available as an injection, cefotaxime is given into a vein or into a muscle and is used to treat various bacterial infections. It can also be used to prevent surgical infections. This prescription drug works by preventing the bacteria from making cell walls, which eventually causes the bacteria to die. Allergic reactions, nausea, and diarrhea are possible side effects.

What Is Cefotaxime?

Cefotaxime (Claforan®) is a prescription cephalosporin antibiotic licensed to treat a number of different infections. It is also used to help prevent surgical infections. It is given intravenously (by IV) or by intramuscular (IM) injection.
 
(Click What Is Cefotaxime Used For? for more information on this topic, including possible off-label uses.)
 

Are There Side Effects?

Just like any medicine, cefotaxime can cause side effects. However, not everyone who uses the drug will experience problems. Most people tolerate it quite well.
 
If reactions do occur, in most cases, they are mild and either require no treatment or are treated easily by you or your healthcare provider. Serious side effects are less common.
 
Common side effects of cefotaxime include but are not limited to:
 
  • Injection site inflammation or pain
  • Allergic reactions (usually an itchy rash)
  • Digestive side effects like nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.
 
(Click Cefotaxime Side Effects to learn more, including potentially serious side effects you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)
 
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