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Tazicef Warnings and Precautions

It is important to know that Tazicef can increase your risk of bacterial overgrowth in the colon, vaginal yeast infections, and thrush. Because this medication is related to penicillin antibiotics, people with a penicillin allergy could find themselves also allergic to Tazicef. Knowing warnings and precautions such as these ahead of time can help ensure a safe, effective treatment process.

What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?

You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to receiving Tazicef® (ceftazidime) if you have:
  • An allergy to cephalosporin or penicillin antibiotics
  • Any other allergies, including to food, dyes, or preservatives
  • Kidney disease, such as kidney failure (renal failure).
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
  • Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
  • Breastfeeding.
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about all of the medicines you take, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

Specific Precautions and Warnings With Tazicef

Some warnings and precautions to be aware of prior to receiving this medication include the following:
  • Make sure your healthcare provider knows if you have kidney disease, as the kidneys excrete Tazicef from the body. If your kidneys are not functioning well, you will need a lower and/or less frequent Tazicef dosage.
  • This product contains an antibiotic that belongs to the cephalosporin group of antibiotics (which are related to penicillin antibiotics). Some (but not all) people who are allergic to penicillins will also be allergic to Tazicef.
Let your healthcare provider know immediately if you notice any signs of an allergic reaction, such as:
    • A rash
    • Itching
    • Hives
    • Wheezing
    • Swelling of the mouth or lips
    • Difficulty breathing. 
An allergic reaction to this drug can be dangerous.
  • Let your healthcare provider know if you experience bloody or watery diarrhea. Although diarrhea is one of the common Tazicef side effects, bloody or watery diarrhea may be a sign of a serious reaction to the drug that can occur when certain bacteria (Clostridium difficile) overgrow in the colon. This severe reaction can occur long after you stop using Tazicef and can be life-threatening.
  • Sometimes, antibiotics can cause yeast infections, since they can get rid of "good" bacteria that help protect against these infections. Let your healthcare provider know if you develop a vaginal yeast infection or thrush (a yeast infection of the mouth) while using Tazicef.
  • Tazicef should not be used to treat viruses, such as the common cold or the flu. This medication is completely ineffective for treating viruses, and such use can lead to bacterial resistance.
  • Tazicef can react with other medications (see Tazicef Drug Interactions).
  • This product is considered a pregnancy Category B medication. This means that it is probably safe for use during pregnancy, although the full risks are not known. Talk to your healthcare provider about the risks and benefits of using this medication when pregnant (see Ceftazidime and Pregnancy for more information).
  • Tazicef passes through breast milk. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or plan to start, be sure to talk with your healthcare provider about using Tazicef (see Ceftazidime and Breastfeeding for more information).

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