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Package leaflet: Information for the user
Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start using this medicine because it contains important information for you.
- Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
- If you have any further questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist or nurse.
- This medicine has been prescribed for you only. Do not pass it on to others. It may harm them, even if their signs of illness are the same as yours.
- If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse. This includes any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. See
section 4.

Cefotaxime 1 g

powder for solution for injection / infusion

Cefotaxime 2 g

powder for solution for injection / infusion
What is in this leaflet
1. What Cefotaxime is and what it is used for
2. What you need to know before you use Cefotaxime
3. How to use Cefotaxime
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Cefotaxime
6. Contents of the pack and other information

Your doctor will only give you cefotaxime during pregnancy
after consideration of benefits and risks. Cefotaxime passes
into breast milk in small amounts. Therefore it should not be
used during breast-feeding.

1. What Cefotaxime is and what it is used for

Cefotaxime contains sodium

Cefotaxime is an antibiotic, i.e. a medicine which is used for
the treatment of bacterial infections of
• the lungs (pneumonia),
• the skin and soft tissue,
• the urinary tract,
• the genitals (including gonorrhoea),
• the heart valves (endocarditis),
• the membranes covering the brain (meningitis),
• the abdomen,
• the blood (so called 'bacteraemia').
Furthermore cefotaxime is used to treat the Lyme disease
(borreliosis, an infection primarily caused by tick bites, e.g.
relapsing fever).
Cefotaxime can also be used before and during surgery in
order to prevent possible infections.

2. W
 hat you need to know before you use
You must not be given Cefotaxime if you

 re allergic to cefotaxime or to any cephalosporin antibiotics,
• have ever had a severe allergic (hypersensitive) reaction to
any other type of beta-lactam antibiotic (penicillins, monobactams and carbapenems),

Warnings and precautions

Talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse before using Cefotaxime
• if you have allergic reactions. If you have had any allergic
reaction to other antibiotics such as penicillin, you may also
be allergic to Cefotaxime. If an allergic reaction occurs,
treatment must be stopped.
• if you suffer from severe, persistent diarrhoea during or
after treatment with Cefotaxime. In this case contact your
doctor immediately. Do not take any anti-diarrhoea medicine
without consulting your doctor.
• if you have a widespread rash with blisters and peeling skin.
(These may be signs of Stevens-Johnson syndrome or toxic
epidermal necrolysis).
• if you have kidney problems.
• if you experience e.g. impairment of consciousness, abnormal movements and cramps after being given this medicine.
• if you are on a low salt diet. Then the sodium content of
this product must be taken into account.
If any of these apply to you, your doctor may want to change
your treatment or give you special advice.
If you are given this medicine over a longer period, your doctor will take additional care and check your blood for possible
changes. Also the overgrowth of bacteria that are unsusceptible to cefotaxime must be examined regularly in this case.

Other medicines and Cefotaxime

Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking, have recently
taken or might take any other medicines.
Simultaneous intake or use of
• other antibiotics, such as penicillin or aminoglycosides,
• medicines that cause increase in urination (diuretics, e.g.
• probenecid (medicine for the treatment of joint disease
(arthritis) and gout),
may increase or decrease the effect of Cefotaxime. Inform
your doctor if you are in treatment with these medicines.
Cefotaxime may reduce the efficacy of birth control pills (the
'Pill'). Women should use additional methods of contraception
during their treatment and in the month following treatment
with cefotaxime.
As with some other antibiotics, a positive Coombs‘ test,
which means a false positive reaction for glucose in urine,
may occur.

Pregnancy, breast-feeding and fertility

If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, think you may be pregnant or are planning to have a baby, ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before taking this medicine.

Driving and using machines

Cefotaxime has no or negligible influence on the ability to
drive and use machines.
This medicine contains 48 mg (or 2.1 mmol) sodium per
1,000 mg dose and 96 mg (or 4.2 mmol) sodium per
2,000 mg dose, respectively. Please be aware of this if you
are on a low-salt diet.

3. How to use Cefotaxime

Cefotaxime is always administered by healthcare personnel.
This medicine is first dissolved in sterile water or another
suitable solution. The solution may be given as an injection or
through a tube (infusion) into a vein, for certain infections it
may also be injected into a muscle.


Adults and adolescents over 12 years
You usually receive 2 to 6 g cefotaxime daily. The daily dose
should be divided in two single doses every 12 hours. The
dosage may be varied according to the severity of your infection and your condition:
• Common infections in presence (or suspicion) of sensitive
bacteria: 1 g every 12 hours (i.e. total daily dose of 2 g).
• Infections in presence (or suspicion) of several sensitive or
moderately sensitive bacteria: 1-2 g every 12 hours (i.e.
total daily dose of 2-4 g).
• Severe infections or for infections that cannot be localised:
2-3 g as a single dose every 6 to 8 hours (i.e. a maximum
daily dose of 12 g).
Newborns (0-28 days), infants and children up to 12 years
of age
The dosage is dependent on the severity of the infection. The
usual dosage for newborns, infants and children is 50 to 100
to 150 mg cefotaxime per kg body weight per day, divided
into 2 to 4 single doses (i.e. every 12 to 6 hours).
For very severe or life-threatening infections up to 200 mg
cefotaxime per kg body weight per day, divided into 2 to 4
single doses, may be required. The doctor will take the differences in maturation of the kidneys and their function into
account, especially in newborns from 0-7 days.
Premature infants
The recommended dosage is 50 mg per kg body weight per
day divided into 2 to 4 doses (every 12 to 6 hours). This
maximum dose should not be exceeded due to the not yet
fully matured kidneys.
Provided that your kidney and liver function is normal, no
dosage adjustment is required.
People with kidney and/or liver problems
If you have problems with your kidneys and/or liver, you may
be given a lower dose. You may need to have blood tests to
check that you are getting the dose you need. Your doctor
will decide on the dose.
Other special recommendations
You will receive a single injection of 0.5-1 g Cefotaxime as an
injection into a muscle or a vein for treatment of gonorrhoea.
Bacterial meningitis
Adults receive a daily dose of 9 to 12 g cefotaxime divided
into equal doses every 6 to 8 hours.
Children receive 150 to 200 mg per kg body weight divided
into equal doses every 6 to 8 hours.
Newborns: 0-7 days old babies receive 50 mg per kg body
weight every 12 hours, 7-28 days old infants every 8 hours.
Prevention of infections (perioperative prophylaxis)
You may be given between 1 g and 2 g cefotaxime before
an operation for the prevention of possible infections. If the
operation lasts longer than 90 minutes, you may be given an
additional dose preventively.
Infections inside the abdomen
You should be given a combination of cefotaxime and an antibiotic acting against 'anaerobic' bacteria.

Treatment duration

Your treatment duration depends on the severity of your
infection as well as on your recovery from your illness. You
will usually continue to be given the medicine for at least 2 to
3 days after you have started to recover from your illness.
Treatment over at least 10 days is necessary in infections
caused by the bacterium Streptococcus pyogenes.

If you are given too much Cefotaxime

Tell your doctor or nurse if you think that you have been
given too much Cefotaxime.

If a dose of Cefotaxime has been forgotten

Please contact your doctor immediately. A double dose must
not be given to make up for a forgotten dose. A forgotten
dose should be given only if the time until the next regular
dose is long enough.

If you stop using Cefotaxime

Low dosage, irregular administration or stopping treatment
too early can compromise the outcome of the treatment or
lead to a relapse, whose treatment is more difficult. Please
follow the instructions of your doctor.
If you have any further questions on the use of this medicine,
ask your doctor, pharmacist or nurse.

Do not throw away any medicines via wastewater or
household waste. Ask your pharmacist how to throw away
medicines you no longer use. These measures will help protect the environment.

6. C
 ontents of the pack and other information
What Cefotaxime contains

- The active substance is cefotaxime sodium.
- There are no other ingredients.

What Cefotaxime looks like and contents of the
Cefotaxime is available in packages with 1, 5 or 10 colourless glass vials (volume 15 ml) with a rubber stopper and a
flip-off cap. Not all pack sizes may be marketed.

Marketing authorisation holder
MIP Pharma GmbH
Kirkeler Str. 41
66440 Blieskastel
Phone 0049 (0) 6842 9609 0
0049 (0) 6842 9609 355


4. Possible side effects
Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects,
although not everybody gets them.

MIP Pharma GmbH
Kirkeler Str. 41
66440 Blieskastel

Conditions you need to look out for

This leaflet was last revised 23/07/2013.

A small number of patients using Cefotaxime get an allergic reaction, potentially serious skin reaction or other side
effects that require further treatment. Symptoms of these
reactions include:
• Severe allergic reaction. Signs include raised and itchy
rash, swelling, sometimes of the face or mouth causing
difficulty in breathing.
• A widespread rash with blisters and peeling skin. (These
may be signs of Stevens-Johnson syndrome or toxic epidermal necrolysis).
• Severe, persistent diarrhoea during or after treatment with
this medicine (pseudomembranous colitis).
• Superinfection: On rare occasions, medicines like Cefotaxime can cause an overgrowth of yeast in the body which can
lead to fungal infections. This side effect is more likely if you
use Cefotaxime for a long time.

Very common side effects, occurring in up to 1
out of 10 treated patients:
Injection site pain following administration into a muscle.

Uncommon side effects, occurring in 1 to 10
out of 1000 treated patients:

Cramps, fever.
Redness of the skin, nettle rash (urticaria), itching (pruritus).
Drop or elevation of the number of certain blood cells (eosinophilia, leucopenia, thrombocytopenia).
Increase in substances (enzymes) produced by the liver.
Temporary "healing crisis" with sudden fever and shivering
(Jarisch-Herxheimer reactions).
Kidney problems and increase in levels of creatinine in the
Injection site pain, swelling and redness along a vein.

Other side effects of unknown frequency

Headache, dizziness, reduced consciousness or difficulty in
Irregular heartbeat after fast injection of the medicine.
Skin rash, which may blister (erythema multiformae).
Feeling sick (nausea), vomiting, stomach pain.
Inflammation of the liver (hepatitis), sometimes with yellowing
of the skin or the white of the eyes (jaundice).
Changes in your blood cell count (agranulocytosis, neutropenia), red blood cells destroyed too quickly (haemolytic
Side effects after you are given this medicine into a muscle
are possible due to the painkiller that may be included for
this purpose.

Reporting of side effects

If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor or nurse. This
includes any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet.
You can also report side effects directly via
uk/yellowcard. By reporting side effects you can help provide
more information on the safety of this medicine.

5. How to store Cefotaxime

The following information is intended for healthcare professionals only:

Methods of administration:

Intravenous infusion
1 g of cefotaxime should be dissolved in 40-50 ml water for
injections or in another compatible fluid (e.g. 5% glucose or
physiological sodium chloride solution). After preparation, the
solution should be given as a 20 minute intravenous infusion.
2 g cefotaxime should be dissolved in 100 ml of water for injections or another suitable fluid (e.g. 5% glucose or physiological sodium chloride solution). After preparation, the solution may be given as a 50-60 minute intravenous infusion.
Intravenous injection
For intravenous injection, 1 g cefotaxime should be dissolved
in 4 ml water for injections, 2 g cefotaxime should be dissolved in 10 ml water for injections and should be injected over
3-5 minutes.
Intramuscular injection
The intramuscular administration is restricted to exceptional
clinical situations (e.g. gonorrhoea) and should undergo a
benefit-risk assessment. It is recommended that not more
than 4 ml are injected unilaterally. If the daily dose exceeds
2 g cefotaxime or if cefotaxime is injected more frequently
than twice per day, the intravenous route is recommended.
For intramuscular administration, 1 g cefotaxime is dissolved in 4 ml of water for injections. To prevent pain from the
injection, a 1% lidocaine hydrochloride solution may be used
alternatively (only for adults). The solution should be administered by deep intramuscular injection. Solutions in lidocaine
must not be administered intravenously. The product information of the chosen lidocaine containing solution must be
In the case of severe infections, intramuscular injection is
not recommended.
Compatibility with intravenous liquids
The following solvents are suitable for preparation of the
solution: water for injections, 5% glucose solution and physiological sodium chloride solution.
As for all parenteral medicinal products, inspect the reconstituted solution visually for particulate matter and discolouration prior to administration. The solution should only be used
if the solution is clear and practically free from particles.
For single use only. Any remaining solution should be discarded.

Storage after reconstitution

The chemical and physical stability of the prepared solution
has been demonstrated for 3 hours at 25°C and for 6 hours
at 2-8°C. From a microbiological point of view, the prepared
solution should be used immediately. If not used immediately, in-use storage times and conditions prior to use are the
responsibility of the user.

Store below 25°C. Keep the vial in the outer carton in order
to protect from light.
Keep this medicine out of the sight and reach of children.

MIP Pharma GmbH


Cefotaxime MIP 1g,2g GBR - 210 x 400 mm - Pantone 288C / Pantone 288C - 30%

Kirkeler Str. 41

2013/10 GBR

Do not use this medicine after the expiry date which is stated on the label and the outer carton after "EXP". The expiry
date refers to the last day of that month.


D-66440 Blieskastel

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