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Ceftazidime, an antibiotic, is used to treat a variety of bacterial infections. It is typically given in hospitals or other similar settings. The medication is administered in one of two ways: intravenously (through an IV) or intramuscularly (injected into a muscle). As with any medication, side effects are possible. Some of the most common ones include irritation at the injection site and diarrhea.

What Is Ceftazidime?

Ceftazidime (Fortaz®, Tazicef®) is a prescription antibiotic approved for the treatment of a variety of different types of infections. It is given either intravenously (by IV) or intramuscularly (injected into a muscle).
(Click What Is Ceftazidime Used For? for more information on this topic, including possible off-label uses.)

Are There Side Effects?

Just like any medicine, ceftazidime can cause side effects. However, not everyone who receives the drug will experience problems. Most people tolerate it quite well.
If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or are treated easily by you or your healthcare provider. Serious reactions are less common.
Common side effects of ceftazidime include but are not limited to:
  • Irritation at the injection site
  • Allergic reactions
  • Diarrhea.
(Click Ceftazidime Side Effects to learn more, including potentially serious side effects you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)
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