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Cefotaxime - Indications, Dosage, Side Effects and Precautions

Written & Compiled by Anushta Chandrapalan, M.Sc  | Medically Reviewed by The Medindia Medical Review Team
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Information about Cefotaxime

Generic Name : Cefotaxime
Pronunciation : Cef-ooh-tax-eem
Latest prescription information about Cefotaxime. Learn how to pronounce the drug's name, its indications, dosage, how to take, when to take, when not to take, side effects, special precautions, warnings and its storage instructions . Also listed are the International and Indian trade name(s) of the drug and its price list.
ICD Code : Y40.1 | Therapeutic Classification : Antibiotics

Trade Names/Brand Names of Cefotaxime

India : 


International : 


Why is Cefotaxime Prescribed? (Indications)

This medication is a cephalosporin antibiotic, prescribed for certain types of bacterial infections such as lower respiratory tract infections, pelvic inflammatory disease, endometritis, skin and skin structure infections, and others. It works by fighting against the bacteria in the body.

When should Cefotaxime not be taken? (Contraindications)


What is the dosage of Cefotaxime?

Adult: IV/IM - The recommended dose is 1-2 g 4-12 hourly. Max: 12 g/day.

How should Cefotaxime be taken?

It comes as a solution for injection to be administered by a healthcare provider into the vein or muscle.

What are the warnings and precautions for Cefotaxime?

• Caution should be exercised in patients with history of kidney, liver, or gastrointestinal disease, any allergy, who are taking other medications, elderly, children, during pregnancy and breast-feeding.

Avoid long-term use of this medication; otherwise it may cause secondary infection.

What are the side effects of Cefotaxime?

   Local : Injection site inflammation, pain, induration, and tenderness.
   Hypersensitivity : Rash, itching, fever, eosinophilia, hives, and shock.
   Gastrointestinal : Diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting.

What are the other precautions for Cefotaxime?

Avoid excess dosage.

What are the storage conditions for Cefotaxime?

Store it at controlled room temperature (15-30C).

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