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Ceftazidime is classified as an ephalosporin antibiotic drug; it is a bacteria killer. Ceftazidime is prescribed by physicians for the treatment of various medical conditions, the most common being pneumonia, lung infections, meningitis, abdominal infections, female genital tract infections, urinary tract infections, infections of the blood, skin, bone, joint and more.

How to Use Ceftazidime

Ceftazidime is an injectable medication. Most often, a trained healthcare provider or specifically their physician will give patients an injection within a healthcare facility. If a physician prescribes ceftazidime for at home use it is important that you understand how to use it correctly, and inject yourself correctly. Seek instructions on usage and delivery procedures/technique from your physician. Use only as directed.

Possible Side Effects

Some side effects can happen on occasion with patients using this drug. If you find that you are experiencing any of the following common side effects and they are getting worse or not leaving then contact your physician:

  • Diarrhea
  • Redness, Bleeding, Swelling and/or Pain (at or near the injection site)

Serious Side Effects:

Many serious side effects are possible and until a patient begins a course of ceftazidime there will be no way of knowing if the patient will experience common or serious side effects, or perhaps even no side effects at all. If any of the serious side effects listed below, or any other side effects that are concerning to you or seem serious to you, are experienced seek emergency medical treatment immediately:

  • Seizures
  • Rash and/or Itching
  • Trouble Breathing
  • Difficulty Swallowing
  • Watery Stool
  • Bloody Stool
  • Stomach Cramps
  • Fever
  • Hoarseness
  • Swelling (throat and/or tongue, lips, eyes, face)
  • Signs of Infection
  • Peeling or Blistering of Skin

Watch for symptoms of overdose. If you experience any of the following get emergency medical help immediately:

  • Seizures
  • Memory Problems
  • Muscle Shakes and/or Spasms
  • Coma


Ceftazidime is known to excrete into breast milk. Ceftazidime should not be taken by anyone who is breast-feeding or planning to breast-feed, pregnant, or planning a pregnancy unless first cleared for use of the drug by their primary care physician.

Do not take ceftazidime if you have any of the following issues or conditions:

  • A Decrease in the Blood-Clotting Protein–Prothrombin
  • Clostridium Difficile Infection
  • Moderate to Severe Kidney Impairment
  • Liver Problems

Do not take ceftazidime if you have or have had allergic reactions to any of the following:

  • Cephalosporins
  • Betalactams
  • Arginine
  • Ceftazidime
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