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Tazicef Uses

As an antibiotic, Tazicef helps kill bacteria that cause conditions such as kidney infections, meningitis, and infections of the bloodstream. It is approved for use in adults and children -- even newborns. This medication is only effective for infections caused by certain types of bacteria; you shouldn't use Tazicef for the common cold, flu, or other illnesses caused by viruses.

What Is Tazicef Used For?

Tazicef® (ceftazidime) is a prescription antibiotic that is given either intramuscularly (injected into a muscle) or intravenously (by IV). The drug is usually given in hospitals or other similar settings.
Tazicef is approved for treating the following types of infections:
  • Skin and skin structure infections
  • Urinary tract infections (UTIs, such as a bladder infection or kidney infection)
  • Bloodstream infections
  • Lower respiratory tract infections, such as pneumonia
  • Bone and joint infections
  • Gynecologic infections
  • Abdominal infections
  • Central nervous system infections, such as meningitis.
Tazicef is approved for treating these infections only when they are caused by certain types of bacteria. Not all bacteria will respond to Tazicef. Also, bacteria have different resistance patterns in different regions in the country. This means that some bacteria may be susceptible to Tazicef in certain parts of the country but not in others.
Tazicef is completely ineffective for treating viral illnesses, such as the common cold or the flu.
In some situations, your healthcare provider may perform certain tests to see if your particular infection is susceptible or resistant to Tazicef. In other situations, your healthcare provider may decide to try the medication without such tests, especially for infections that are not severe.

Tazicef Antibiotic Information

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