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Claforan (Generic Cefotaxime Injection)

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Why is this medication prescribed?

Meningitis (infection of the membranes surrounding the brain and spinal cord) and other infections of the brain and spinal cord, as well as abdominal (stomach area), female reproductive organs, skin, blood, bone, and joint infections, are all conditions that are treated with cefotaxime injection. It is also used to treat gonorrhoea, a sexually transmitted disease. In order to keep the patient from developing an infection, cefotaxime injection can also be given prior to, during, and after a caesarean section. Cefotaxime injection belongs to the group of drugs known as cephalosporin antibiotics. It eliminates bacteria to operate.

Colds, the flu, or other viral diseases cannot be treated with antibiotics, such as cefotaxime injection. Antibiotic overuse raises the likelihood that you’ll get an infection later on that is resistant to antibiotic therapy.

How should this medicine be used?

The powder form of cefotaxime injection is combined with fluids and administered intravenously (into a vein) or intramuscularly (into a muscle). Cefotaxime injection is also offered as a premixed drug for intravenous injection. The type of infection you have and how your body reacts to the drug determine how frequently you will receive cefotaxime injections and how long your treatment will last.

Cefotaxime injection can be administered either in a hospital setting or at home. Your healthcare practitioner will walk you through how to administer the medication if you will be receiving cefotaxime injection at home. Make sure you comprehend these instructions, and if you have any issues, consult your healthcare professional.

During the initial days after receiving cefotaxime injectable therapy, you ought to start feeling better. See your doctor if your symptoms do not disappear or worsen.

Even if you feel better, continue taking cefotaxime injection until the end of the prescription.

Your illness could not be completely treated and the bacteria might develop antibiotic resistance if you stop using cefotaxime injection too soon or skip doses.

Other uses for this medicine

Typhoid fever, a serious infection that is common in developing nations, salmonella and other types of infectious diarrhoea, food poisoning, Lyme disease, an infection that can arise from being bitten by a tick, and a specific kind of infection from dog bites are all conditions that can occasionally be treated with cefotaxime injection. The dangers of using this drug for your illness should be discussed with your doctor.

Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more details if you believe this drug should be used for something else.

What special precautions should I follow?

Before taking cefotaxime injection,

  • If you have an allergy to cefotaxime, any other cephalosporin antibiotics (including cefaclor, cefadroxil, cefazolin (Ancef, Kefzol), cefdinir, cefditoren (Spectracef), cefepime (Maxipime), cefixime (Suprax), cefotetan, cefoxitin (Mefoxin), cefpodoxime, cef If you have a reaction to any of the chemicals in cefotaxime injection, let your doctor know right away. Get an ingredient list from your pharmacist.
  • Inform your doctor and pharmacist about all prescription and over-the-counter drugs, vitamins, dietary supplements, and herbal products that you are now taking or intend to use. Mention any of the following: amikacin, gentamicin, kanamycin, neomycin (Neo-Fradin), furosemide (Lasix), gentamicin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), naproxen (Aleve), probenecid (Probalan), streptomycin, and tobramycin. Your physician might need to adjust the dosage of your drugs or keep a close eye on you for side effects.
  • Inform your doctor if you have or have had had kidney illness, colitis (a disorder that causes swelling in the lining of the colon [large intestine]), diabetes, cancer, recent surgery or trauma, or any other allergies.
  • Inform your physician if you are nursing a baby, intend to get pregnant, or are already pregnant. Call your doctor if you become pregnant while taking cefotaxime injectable.

What special dietary instructions should I follow?

Keep eating normally unless your doctor instructs you otherwise.

What should I do if I forget a dose?

The missed dose should be taken as soon as you remember. If the next dose is soon due, skip the missed one and carry on with your regular dosing plan. To make up for a missing dose, do not take a second one.

What side effects can this medication cause?

The injection of cefotaxime may have adverse effects. If any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away, let your doctor know right once:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Pain, redness, swelling, or bleeding close to the injection site for cefotaxime

Some adverse effects may be severe. Get immediate medical attention if you suffer any of the following symptoms and discontinue using cefotaxime injection:

  • During treatment or for up to two or more months after stopping treatment, you may experience fever, stomach pain, or bloody or watery stools
  • Face, throat, tongue, lips, and eye swelling
  • Breathing or swallowing challenges
  • Hoarseness
  • Hives
  • Rash
  • Itching
  • Skin that is flaking, blistering, or shedding
  • Recurrence of fever, sore throat, chills, or any other infection-related symptoms

Further negative effects from cefotaxime injection are possible. If you experience any strange issues while taking this drug, call your doctor right away.

You or your doctor can submit a report to the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting programme online or by phone if you have a serious side event (1-800-332-1088).

What should I know about storage and disposal of this medication?

The best way to preserve your medication will be advised by your doctor. Just as prescribed, only store your prescription. Be sure to know the right way to store your medications.

Unused prescriptions must be disposed of carefully to prevent pets, kids, and other people from ingesting them. You should not, however, dispose of this medication in the toilet. Instead, utilising a medicine take-back programme is the easiest approach to get rid of your medication. To find out about take-back programmes in your area, speak with your pharmacist or the garbage/recycling department in your city. If you do not have access to a take-back programme, see the FDA’s Safe Disposal of Medications website at for additional information.

In case of emergency/overdose

Call the poison control hotline at 1-800-222-1222 in the event of an overdose. Moreover, information can be found online at Call 911 right once if the person has collapsed, experienced a seizure, is having difficulty breathing, or cannot be roused.

Overdose signs could include the following:

  • Encephalopathy (confusion, memory problems, and other difficulties caused by abnormal brain function)

What other information should I know?

Do not miss any of your doctor’s or lab appointments. To determine how well your body has responded to the cefotaxime injection, your doctor may request specific lab tests.

Tell your doctor and the lab staff that you are taking cefotaxime injection before undergoing any laboratory tests.

Use Clinistix or TesTape (not Clinitest) to test your urine for sugar if you have diabetes and are taking this medicine.

Any queries you may have regarding cefotaxime injection, ask your pharmacist.

You should keep a written record of every medication you take, including any over-the-counter (OTC) items, prescription drugs, and dietary supplements like vitamins and minerals. This list should be brought with you whenever you see a doctor or are admitted to the hospital. You should always have this information with you in case of emergencies.

Brand names

  • Claforan®
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