If you have a bacterial infection such as meningitis or pneumonia, you may require treatment with ceftazidime, a medication available only by prescription.
Ceftazidime is the active ingredient in two brand-name antibiotics: Fortaz® and Tazicef®. These products belong to a group of antibiotics known as cephalosporins. They are given by injection, either into a muscle or by IV, and are typically used in hospitals or other similar settings. Both Tazicef and Fortaz are approved for use in adults and children, even newborns.
(To learn more about the brand-name versions of this medication, click Ceftazidime. This article also talks about ceftazidime in more detail, explaining dosing guidelines, safety issues to discuss with your healthcare provider, and what to do in cases of overdose.)
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
Last reviewed by: KristiMonson, PharmD;
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