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Cefotaxime

Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Jun 27, 2020.

Pronunciation

(sef oh TAKS eem)

Index Terms

  • Cefotaxime Sodium

Dosage Forms

Excipient information presented when available (limited, particularly for generics); consult specific product labeling. [DSC] = Discontinued product

Solution Reconstituted, Injection:

Claforan: 500 mg (1 ea [DSC]); 2 g (1 ea [DSC]); 10 g (1 ea [DSC])

Generic: 1 g (1 ea); 2 g (1 ea)

Solution Reconstituted, Injection [preservative free]:

Generic: 500 mg (1 ea); 1 g (1 ea); 2 g (1 ea [DSC]); 10 g (1 ea [DSC])

Solution Reconstituted, Intravenous:

Claforan: 1 g (1 ea [DSC]); 2 g (1 ea [DSC])

Brand Names: U.S.

  • Claforan [DSC]

Pharmacologic Category

  • Antibiotic, Cephalosporin (Third Generation)

Pharmacology

Inhibits bacterial cell wall synthesis by binding to one or more of the penicillin-binding proteins (PBPs) which in turn inhibits the final transpeptidation step of peptidoglycan synthesis in bacterial cell walls, thus inhibiting cell wall biosynthesis. Bacteria eventually lyse due to ongoing activity of cell wall autolytic enzymes (autolysins and murein hydrolases) while cell wall assembly is arrested. Cefotaxime has activity in the presence of some beta-lactamases, both penicillinases and cephalosporinases, of gram-negative and gram-positive bacteria. Enterococcus species may be intrinsically resistant to cefotaxime. Most extended-spectrum beta-lactamase (ESBL)-producing and carbapenemase-producing isolates are resistant to cefotaxime.

Distribution

Widely to body tissues and fluids including aqueous humor, ascitic and prostatic fluids, bone; penetrates CSF best when meninges are inflamed

Metabolism

Partially hepatic to active metabolite, desacetylcefotaxime

Excretion

Urine (~60% as unchanged drug and metabolites)

Time to Peak

Serum: IM: Within 30 minutes

Half-Life Elimination

Cefotaxime: Infants ≤1500 g: 4.6 hours; Infants >1500 g: 3.4 hours; Children: 1.5 hours; Adults: 1 to 1.5 hours; prolonged with renal and/or hepatic impairment

Desacetylcefotaxime: 1.3 to 1.9 hours; prolonged with renal impairment (Ings 1982)

Protein Binding

31% to 50%

Use: Labeled Indications

Bacteremia/Septicemia: Treatment of bacteremia/septicemia caused by Escherichia coli, Klebsiella species, and Serratia marcescens, Staphylococcus aureus and Streptococcus species (including Streptococcus pneumoniae).

Bone or joint infections: Treatment of bone or joint infections caused by S. aureus (penicillinase and nonpenicillinase producing strains), Streptococcus species (including Streptococcus pyogenes), and Proteus mirabilis.

CNS infections: Treatment of CNS infections (eg, meningitis, ventriculitis) caused by Neisseria meningitidis, Haemophilus influenzae, S. pneumoniae, Klebsiella pneumoniae, and E. coli.

Genitourinary infections: Treatment of genitourinary infections, including urinary tract infections (UTIs), caused by Staphylococcus epidermidis, S. aureus (penicillinase and nonpenicillinase producing), Citrobacter species, Enterobacter species, E. coli, Klebsiella species, P. mirabilis, Proteus vulgaris, Providencia stuartii, Morganella morganii, Providencia rettgeri, and S. marcescens

Gynecologic infections: Treatment of gynecologic infections, including pelvic inflammatory disease, endometritis, and pelvic cellulitis, caused by S. epidermidis, Streptococcus species, Enterobacter species, Klebsiella species, E. coli, P. mirabilis, Bacteroides species (including Bacteroides fragilis), Clostridium species, and anaerobic cocci (including Peptostreptococcus and Peptococcus species) and Fusobacterium species (including Fusobacterium nucleatum).

Intraabdominal infections: Treatment of intraabdominal infections, including peritonitis caused by Streptococcus species, E. coli, Klebsiella species, Bacteroides species, and anaerobic cocci (including Peptostreptococcus species and Peptococcus species), P. mirabilis, and Clostridium species.

Lower respiratory tract infections: Treatment of lower respiratory tract infections, including pneumonia, caused by S. pneumoniae, S. pyogenes (group A streptococci) and other streptococci (excluding enterococci, [eg, Enterococcus faecalis]), S. aureus (penicillinase and nonpenicillinase producing), E. coli, Klebsiella species, H. influenzae (including ampicillin-resistant strains), H. parainfluenzae, P. mirabilis, S. marcescens, Enterobacter species, and indole-positive Proteus

Skin and skin structure infections: Treatment of skin and skin structure infections caused by S. aureus (penicillinase and nonpenicillinase producing), S. epidermidis, S. pyogenes (group A streptococci) and other streptococci, Acinetobacter species, E. coli, Citrobacter species (including Citrobacter freundii), Enterobacter species, Klebsiella species, P. mirabilis, P. vulgaris, M. morganii, P. rettgeri, S. marcescens, Bacteroides species, and anaerobic cocci (including Peptostreptococcus species and Peptococcus species).

Surgical prophylaxis: Reduce the incidence of certain infections in patients undergoing surgical procedures (eg, abdominal or vaginal hysterectomy, GI and GU tract surgery) that may be classified as contaminated or potentially contaminated; reduce the incidence of certain postoperative infections in patients undergoing cesarean section.

Off Label Uses

Acute bacterial rhinosinusitis

Based on the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) guidelines for acute bacterial rhinosinusitis (ABRS) in children and adults, cefotaxime (among other cephalosporins) is effective and recommended (in combination with clindamycin) for the treatment of ABRS.

Bite wound (animal)

Based on the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) guidelines for the diagnosis and management of skin and soft tissue infections (SSTI), cefotaxime, in combination with clindamycin or metronidazole for anaerobic coverage, is an effective and recommended alternative for treatment of bite wounds.

Gonococcal, disseminated infection (arthritis and arthritis-dermatitis syndrome)

Based on Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) sexually transmitted diseases treatment guidelines, cefotaxime plus azithromycin is considered an alternative regimen for the treatment of arthritis and arthritis-dermatitis syndrome associated with disseminated gonococcal infection. Ceftriaxone plus azithromycin is the preferred regimen. Cefotaxime should not be used for the treatment of gonococcal meningitis and endocarditis due to disseminated gonococcal infection.

Lyme disease

Based on the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) guidelines for the clinical assessment, treatment, and prevention of Lyme disease, cefotaxime is an effective and recommended alternative agent for the treatment of acute and late neurologic disease, carditis, and arthritis [IDSA [Wormser 2006]].

Salmonella species infection (nontyphoidal Salmonella GI and bloodstream infections and typhoid [enteric] fever [Salmonella typhi and paratyphi])

Based on the HHS guidelines for the prevention and treatment of opportunistic infections in adults and adolescents with HIV, cefotaxime is a recommended alternative agent for treatment of salmonellosis. Clinical experience also suggests the utility of cefotaxime in the treatment of Salmonella species infection (GI and bloodstream) [Hohmann 2020a], [Hohmann 2020b].

Based on the World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines for the treatment of typhoid fever, cefotaxime is effective and recommended for the treatment of typhoid fever. It is usually reserved for fluoroquinolone-resistant cases [WHO 2003].

Clinical experience also suggests the utility of cefotaxime in the management/treatment of typhoid fever [Ryan 2020].

Skin and soft tissue necrotizing infections

Based on the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) guidelines for the diagnosis and management of skin and soft tissue infections (SSTI), cefotaxime, in combination with metronidazole or clindamycin, is an effective and recommended alternative for empiric treatment of mixed (polymicrobial) necrotizing infections of the skin, fascia, and muscle; in combination with doxycycline, cefotaxime is effective and recommended for treatment of necrotizing infections of the skin, fascia, and muscle due to Vibrio vulnificus.

Contraindications

Hypersensitivity to cefotaxime, any component of the formulation, or other cephalosporins

Dosing: Adult

Acute bacterial rhinosinusitis, severe infection requiring hospitalization (off-label use): IV: 2 g every 4 to 6 hours for 5 to 7 days (IDSA [Chow 2012])

Bite wound (animal) (off-label use): IV: 1 to 2 g every 6 to 8 hours in combination with clindamycin or metronidazole for anaerobic coverage (IDSA [Stevens 2014])

Brain abscess (empiric treatment): IV: 2 g every 4 to 6 hours in combination with other antimicrobial therapy as warranted (eg, metronidazole) (Arlotti 2010; Brouwer 2014; Kowlessar 2006)

Cesarean section: IM, IV: 1 g IV as soon as the umbilical cord is clamped, then 1 g IV or IM at 6 and 12 hours after the first dose

Gonorrhea, disseminated infections (arthritis and arthritis-dermatitis syndrome) (alternative agent) (off-label use): IV: 1 g every 8 hours in combination with azithromycin. Continue for 24 to 48 hours after improvement begins, then switch to oral therapy guided by antimicrobial susceptibility testing. Total duration of therapy at least 7 days (CDC [Workowski 2015])

Intraabdominal infection (eg, perforated appendix, diverticulitis, intraabdominal abscess), community-acquired (mild to moderate infection in low-risk patients): IV: 2 g every 8 hours in combination with metronidazole (Barshak 2019). May switch to an oral regimen when clinically improved and able to tolerate an oral diet. Total duration of therapy is for 4 to 7 days following adequate source control (SIS/IAI [Mazuski 2017]; SIS/IDSA [Solomkin 2010]); for infections managed without surgical or percutaneous intervention, a longer duration may be necessary (Barshak 2019; Pemberton 2019).

Lyme disease (alternative agent) (off-label use):

Cardiac manifestations: IV: 2 g every 8 hours for 14 to 21 days (IDSA [Wormser 2006])

Neurologic manifestations (eg, meningitis, radiculopathy): IV: 2 g every 8 hours for 10 to 28 days (AAN [Halperin 2007]; IDSA [Wormser 2006])

Meningitis, bacterial: As a component of empiric therapy (community-acquired infections) or pathogen-specific therapy (eg, Cutibacterium acnes, H. influenzae, N. meningitidis, S. agalactiae, S. pneumoniae, and susceptible gram-negative bacilli; alternative agent for certain pathogens): IV: 2 g every 4 to 6 hours; for empiric therapy, use in combination with other appropriate agents (IDSA [Tunkel 2004]; IDSA [Tunkel 2017])

Pneumonia, community-acquired: Inpatients without risk factors for Pseudomonas aeruginosa:

IV: 1 to 2 g every 8 hours as part of an appropriate combination regimen. Duration of therapy is for a minimum of 5 days; patients should be clinically stable with normal vital signs before therapy is discontinued (ATS/IDSA [Metlay 2019]).

Salmonella species infection (alternative agent) (off-label use):

Enteric fever (Salmonella typhi and paratyphi): Empiric therapy for severe disease or an alternative directed therapy for quinolone-nonsusceptible infection: IV: 1 to 2 g every 6 to 8 hours for 10 to 14 days. Note: May be switched to an oral regimen based on susceptibility testing, if available. Geographic location at time of acquisition impacts risk of resistance; cefotaxime is not recommended if there is concern for extensively drug-resistant Salmonella spp. (Ryan 2020; WHO 2003).

Nontyphoidal Salmonella GI infection: IV: 1 to 2 g every 8 hours for 3 to 14 days (7 to 14 days in HIV-infected patients with a CD4 count ≥200 cells/mm3). Immunosuppressed patients (eg, HIV infected with CD4 count <200 cells/mm3) warrant a longer duration of treatment (eg, weeks to months). Note: Reserve antibiotic treatment for patients with severe illness or at high risk of invasive disease (eg, extremes of age, immunosuppression); reserve parenteral therapy for those who cannot tolerate oral agents (HHS [OI adult] 2020); Hohmann 2020a).

Nontyphoidal Salmonella bloodstream infection: IV: 1 to 2 g every 8 hours for 14 days. Note: Immunosuppressed patients (eg, HIV infected with CD4 count <200 cells/mm3) and those with an extraintestinal focus of infection warrant a longer duration of treatment (eg, weeks to months) (HHS [OI adult] 2020; Hohmann 2020b).

Sepsis: IV: 2 g every 6 to 8 hours

Septic arthritis:

Neisseria gonorrhoeae (alternative agent): IV: 1 g every 8 hours in combination with a single dose of azithromycin. Duration of cefotaxime is 7 to 14 days, depending on clinical status and response to therapy (CDC [Workowski 2015]; Klausner 2019).

Susceptible gram-negative bacilli: IV: 2 g every 8 hours; duration of therapy is 3 to 4 weeks (in the absence of osteomyelitis), including oral step-down therapy (Goldenberg 2019)

Skin and soft tissue necrotizing infections (off-label use):

Polymicrobial infection: IV: 2 g every 6 hours, in combination with metronidazole or clindamycin for empiric therapy of polymicrobial infections. Continue until further debridement is not necessary, patient has clinically improved, and patient is afebrile for 48 to 72 hours (IDSA [Stevens 2014]).

Necrotizing infection due to Vibrio vulnificus: IV: 2 g every 8 hours, in combination with doxycycline. Continue until further debridement is not necessary, patient has clinically improved, and patient is afebrile for 48 to 72 hours (IDSA [Stevens 2014]).

Spontaneous bacterial peritonitis (off-label dose): IV: 2 g every 8 hours (AASLD [Runyon 2012])

Surgical prophylaxis (off-label use): IV: 1 g within 60 minutes prior to surgical incision. Doses may be repeated in 3 hours if procedure is lengthy or if there is excessive blood loss (Bratzler 2013).

Obesity: The ASHP/IDSA/SIS/SHEA guidelines recommend that for patients weighing ≥120 kg (or alternatively defined as BMI >30 kg/m2), a dose of 2 g within 60 minutes prior to surgical incision should be administered (Bratzler 2013).

Dosage adjustment for concomitant therapy: Significant drug interactions exist, requiring dose/frequency adjustment or avoidance. Consult drug interactions database for more information.

Dosing: Geriatric

Refer to adult dosing.

Dosing: Pediatric

General dosing, susceptible infection: Infants, Children, and Adolescents: IM, IV: 150 to 180 mg/kg/day in divided doses every 8 hours; maximum daily dose: 8 g/day; higher doses necessary for treatment of meningitis (Bradley 2018; Red Book [AAP 2018])

Acute bacterial rhinosinusitis, severe infection requiring hospitalization: Children and Adolescents: IV: 100 to 200 mg/kg/day divided every 6 hours for 10 to 14 days; maximum dose: 2,000 mg (IDSA [Chow 2012])

Endocarditis, treatment: Children and Adolescents: IV: 200 mg/kg/day in divided doses every 6 hours; maximum daily dose: 12 g/day; treat for at least 4 to 6 weeks; longer durations may be necessary; may use in combination with gentamicin for some organisms (AHA [Baltimore 2015])

Enteric bacterial infections, empiric treatment (HIV-exposed/-positive): Adolescents: IV: 1,000 mg every 8 hours (HHS [OI adult 2018])

Gonorrhea, disseminated infections (including arthritis and arthritis-dermatitis syndrome) (as an alternative to ceftriaxone) (CDC [Workowski 2015]): Adolescents: IV: 1,000 mg every 8 hours in combination with azithromycin for a total duration of at least 7 days.

Intra-abdominal infection, complicated: Infants, Children, and Adolescents: IV: 150 to 200 mg/kg/day divided every 6 to 8 hours; maximum dose: 2,000 mg; use in combination with metronidazole (IDSA [Solomkin 2010])

Lyme disease, cardiac or CNS manifestations or recurrent arthritis: Infants, Children, and Adolescents: IV: 150 to 200 mg/kg/day in divided doses every 6 to 8 hours for 14 to 28 days; maximum daily dose: 6 g/day (AAN [Halperin 2007]; IDSA [Wormser 2006])

Meningitis: Infants, Children, and Adolescents: IV: 225 to 300 mg/kg/day divided every 6 to 8 hours; maximum dose: 2,000 mg/dose; use in combination with vancomycin for empiric coverage (IDSA [Tunkel 2004]; IDSA [Tunkel 2017]); some experts recommend 300 mg/kg/day divided every 4 to 6 hours with a maximum daily dose of 12 g/day (Red Book [AAP 2018])

Peritonitis (peritoneal dialysis) (ISPD [Warady 2012]): Infants, Children, and Adolescents: Intraperitoneal:

Intermittent: 30 mg/kg/dose every 24 hours in the long dwell

Continuous: Loading dose: 500 mg per liter of dialysate; maintenance dose: 250 mg per liter; Note: 125 mg/liter has also been recommended as a maintenance dose (Aronoff 2007)

Pneumonia:

Bacterial pneumonia (HIV-exposed/-positive): Infants, Children, and Adolescents: IV: 150 to 200 mg/kg/day divided every 6 to 8 hours; maximum dose: 2,000 mg/dose (HHS [OI adult 2018]; HHS [OI pediatric 2016])

Community-acquired pneumonia (CAP): Infants >3 months, Children, and Adolescents: IV: 50 mg/kg/dose every 8 hours; maximum dose: 2,000 mg; Note: May consider addition of vancomycin or clindamycin to empiric therapy if community-acquired MRSA suspected. In children ≥5 years, a macrolide antibiotic should be added if atypical pneumonia cannot be ruled out (IDSA/PIDS [Bradley 2011]).

Salmonellosis (HIV-exposed/-positive): Adolescents: IV: 1,000 mg every 8 hours (HHS [OI adult 2018])

Skin and soft tissue infections, necrotizing: Infants, Children, and Adolescents: IV: 50 mg/kg/dose every 6 hours in combination with metronidazole or clindamycin; maximum dose: 2,000 mg/dose. Continue until further debridement is not necessary, patient has clinically improved, and patient is afebrile for 48 to 72 hours (IDSA [Stevens 2014]).

Surgical prophylaxis: Children and Adolescents: IV: 50 mg/kg within 60 minutes prior to the procedure; may repeat in 3 hours if procedure is lengthy or if there is excessive blood loss; maximum dose: 1,000 mg; a larger maximum dose (2,000 mg) is recommended for obese patients (ASHP/IDSA [Bratzler 2013])

Urinary tract infection: Infants and Children 2 to 24 months: IM, IV: 150 mg/kg/day divided every 6 to 8 hours (AAP 2011)

Dosage adjustment for concomitant therapy: Significant drug interactions exist, requiring dose/frequency adjustment or avoidance. Consult drug interactions database for more information.

Dosing: Obesity

Refer to indication-specific dosing for obesity-related information (may not be available for all indications).

Reconstitution

IM: Reconstitute vials with SWFI or bacteriostatic water for injection; dilute with 2 mL for the 500 mg vial (resulting concentration ~230 mg/mL), 3 mL for the 1 g vial (resulting concentration ~300 mg/mL), and 5 mL for the 2 g vial (resulting concentration 330 mg/mL). Shake to dissolve.

IV: Reconstitute vials with ≥10 mL SWFI; resulting concentration: 50 mg/mL (500 mg vial), 95 mg/mL (1 g vial), or 180 mg/mL (2 g vial). Shake to dissolve. May be further diluted up to 1000 mL with NS, D5W, D10W, D5NS, D51/2NS, D51/4NS, or LR.

Administration

IM: Inject deep IM into large muscle mass. Individual doses of 2 g may be given if the dose is divided and administered in different IM sites.

IV: Can be administered IV bolus over at least 3 to 5 minutes or as an IV intermittent infusion over 15 to 30 minutes.

Dietary Considerations

Some products may contain sodium.

Storage

Store intact vials below 30°C (86°F). Protect from light. Reconstituted solution is stable for 12 to 24 hours at room temperature, 7 to 10 days when refrigerated, for 13 weeks when frozen. For IV infusion in NS or D5W, solution is stable for 24 hours at room temperature, 5 days when refrigerated, or 13 weeks when frozen in Viaflex plastic containers. Thawed solutions of frozen premixed bags are stable for 24 hours at room temperature or 10 days when refrigerated.

Drug Interactions

Aminoglycosides: Cephalosporins may enhance the nephrotoxic effect of Aminoglycosides. Cephalosporins may decrease the serum concentration of Aminoglycosides. Monitor therapy

BCG (Intravesical): Antibiotics may diminish the therapeutic effect of BCG (Intravesical). Avoid combination

BCG Vaccine (Immunization): Antibiotics may diminish the therapeutic effect of BCG Vaccine (Immunization). Monitor therapy

Cholera Vaccine: Antibiotics may diminish the therapeutic effect of Cholera Vaccine. Management: Avoid cholera vaccine in patients receiving systemic antibiotics, and within 14 days following the use of oral or parenteral antibiotics. Avoid combination

Lactobacillus and Estriol: Antibiotics may diminish the therapeutic effect of Lactobacillus and Estriol. Monitor therapy

Probenecid: May increase the serum concentration of Cefotaxime. Management: Avoid cefotaxime doses greater than 6 g/day with concurrent probenecid. Any patients receiving this combination should be monitored closely for evidence of cefotaxime toxicity. Consider therapy modification

Sodium Picosulfate: Antibiotics may diminish the therapeutic effect of Sodium Picosulfate. Management: Consider using an alternative product for bowel cleansing prior to a colonoscopy in patients who have recently used or are concurrently using an antibiotic. Consider therapy modification

Typhoid Vaccine: Antibiotics may diminish the therapeutic effect of Typhoid Vaccine. Only the live attenuated Ty21a strain is affected. Management: Avoid use of live attenuated typhoid vaccine (Ty21a) in patients being treated with systemic antibacterial agents. Postpone vaccination until 3 days after cessation of antibiotics and avoid starting antibiotics within 3 days of last vaccine dose. Consider therapy modification

Vitamin K Antagonists (eg, warfarin): Cephalosporins may enhance the anticoagulant effect of Vitamin K Antagonists. Monitor therapy

Test Interactions

Positive direct Coombs', false-positive urinary glucose test using cupric sulfate (Benedict's solution, Clinitest®, Fehling's solution), false-positive serum or urine creatinine with Jaffé reaction

Adverse Reactions

The following adverse drug reactions and incidences are derived from product labeling unless otherwise specified.

1% to 10%:

Dermatologic: Pruritus (≤2%), skin rash (≤2%)

Gastrointestinal: Colitis (≤1%), diarrhea (≤1%), nausea (≤1%), vomiting (≤1%)

Hematologic & oncologic: Eosinophilia (≤2%)

Local: Induration at injection site (IM ≤4%), inflammation at injection site (IV ≤4%), pain at injection site (IM ≤4%), tenderness at injection site (IM ≤4%)

Miscellaneous: Fever (≤2%)

<1%, postmarketing and/or case reports: Acute generalized exanthematous pustulosis, acute renal failure, agranulocytosis, anaphylaxis, bone marrow failure, brain disease, candidiasis, cardiac arrhythmia (after rapid IV injection via central catheter), cholestasis, Clostridioides (formerly Clostridium) difficile-associated diarrhea, dizziness, erythema multiforme, granulocytopenia, headache, hemolytic anemia, hepatitis, increased blood urea nitrogen, increased gamma-glutamyl transferase, increased lactate dehydrogenase, increased serum alkaline phosphatase, increased serum ALT, increased serum AST, increased serum bilirubin, increased serum creatinine, injection site phlebitis, interstitial nephritis, jaundice, leukopenia, local irritation, neutropenia, pancytopenia, positive direct Coombs test, pseudomembranous colitis, Stevens-Johnson syndrome, thrombocytopenia, toxic epidermal necrolysis, urticaria, vaginitis

Warnings/Precautions

Concerns related to adverse effects:

• Arrhythmia: A potentially life-threatening arrhythmia has been reported in patients who received a rapid (<1 minute) bolus injection via central venous catheter.

• Granulocytopenia: Granulocytopenia and more rarely agranulocytosis may develop during prolonged treatment (>10 days).

• Penicillin allergy: Use with caution in patients with a history of penicillin allergy, especially IgE-mediated reactions (eg, anaphylaxis, angioedema, urticaria).

• Superinfection: Prolonged use may result in fungal or bacterial superinfection, including C. difficile-associated diarrhea (CDAD) and pseudomembranous colitis; CDAD has been observed >2 months postantibiotic treatment.

• Tissue inflammation: Minimize tissue inflammation by changing infusion sites when needed.

Disease-related concerns:

• Colitis: Use with caution in patients with a history of colitis.

• Renal impairment: Use with caution in patients with renal impairment; dosage adjustment may be required.

Monitoring Parameters

Observe for signs and symptoms of anaphylaxis during first dose; CBC with differential (especially with long courses [>10 days]); renal function

Pregnancy Risk Factor

B

Pregnancy Considerations

Cefotaxime crosses the human placenta.

Cefotaxime is approved for use in women undergoing cesarean section (consult current guidelines for appropriate use).

Patient Education

What is this drug used for?

• It is used to treat or prevent bacterial infections.

All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother you or do not go away:

• Diarrhea

WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:

• Liver problems like dark urine, fatigue, lack of appetite, nausea, abdominal pain, light-colored stools, vomiting, or yellow skin

• Bruising

• Bleeding

• Chills

• Sore throat

• Seizures

• Severe loss of strength and energy

• Severe injection site pain like redness, burning, swelling, or irritation.

Clostridioides (formerly Clostridium) difficile-associated diarrhea like abdominal pain or cramps, severe diarrhea or watery stools, or bloody stools.

• Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing, swallowing, or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Note: This is not a comprehensive list of all side effects. Talk to your doctor if you have questions.

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