Cefotaxime

    • What type of medicine is this?

    • Cefotaxime is an injectable antibacterial medicine that stops bacteria from infecting parts of your body. It is injected into your veins or muscle by your healthcare provider. Injections into the veins are usually given slowly to prevent irregular heart beats.


      This medicine is best taken at evenly spaced times or the same time everyday.


      Cefotaxime can be used to treat certain infections caused by bacteria and is commonly used to treat pneumonia, lower respiratory (lung) infections, gonorrhoea, meningitis, joint infections, sepsis, cellulitis and urinary tract infections (UTI).


    • What is the medicine used for?

    • Cefotaxime is a drug that treats infections caused by bacteria, including meningitis, joint infections and gonorrhoea. This medicine will not work for viral infections, like the common cold. Cefotaxime is available as prescription-only medicine.

      Do not take this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to it in the past.

    • How to take this medicine?

      • Cefotaxime is best taken as an injection given by a healthcare provider or a trained caregiver.
      • If you miss an injection, then take it as soon as you remember but if you remember at a time close to your next dose, then take only the next dose.
      • Do not add more doses or intentionally skip a dose. Doing this can put you at risk of an infection that is more difficult to treat.
      • If you take more of this medicine than what was prescribed for you, go to the nearest health centre (with the remaining medicine) and report the overdose.


    • What are the side-effects?

    • You may experience mildly unpleasant effects of this medicine. They will usually go away within 2 to 3 days and you shouldn’t be alarmed about them.
      Here are examples of some common side effects you may experience:

      • You may experience pain or irritation at the place where you are given an injection.
      • You may have a skin rash.
      • You may feel your body itching.
      • You may pass loose stools and vomit frequently.
      • You may feel like you want to vomit.


      This is not a full list of all side effects of using Cefotaxime. You should mention these or other unpleasant effects to your healthcare provider, especially if they stay longer than a week.


    • What to know before taking this medicine?

    • You should inform your healthcare provider if you have any long-term disease conditions. This will help them check your risk for any severe unpleasant side-effects.

      • Do not take cefotaxime if you have had a reaction to it before, like a rash that went away when you stopped taking it.
      • Tell your healthcare provider if you have had another drug reaction before, even if they are unrelated to this one.
      • If you have kidney, liver, or heart disease, do not take this medicine.