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Claforan Patient Information Including Side Effects
Brand Names: Claforan
Generic Name: cefotaxime (Pronunciation: SEF oh TAX eem)
- What is cefotaxime (Claforan)?
- What are the possible side effects of cefotaxime (Claforan)?
- What is the most important information I should know about cefotaxime (Claforan)?
- What should I discuss with my health care provider before using cefotaxime (Claforan)?
- How should I use cefotaxime (Claforan)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (Claforan)?
- What happens if I overdose (Claforan)?
- What should I avoid while using cefotaxime (Claforan)?
- What other drugs will affect cefotaxime (Claforan)?
- Where can I get more information?
What is cefotaxime (Claforan)?
Cefotaxime is a cephalosporin (SEF a low spor in) antibiotic. It works by fighting bacteria in your body.
Cefotaxime is used to treat many kinds of bacterial infections, including severe or life-threatening forms. Cefotaxime is also used to prevent infections in people having surgery.
Cefotaxime may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
What are the possible side effects of cefotaxime (Claforan)?
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:
- diarrhea that is watery or bloody;
- skin rash, bruising, severe tingling, numbness, pain, muscle weakness;
- uneven heartbeats;
- fever, chills, body aches, flu symptoms;
- easy bruising or bleeding, unusual weakness;
- fever, sore throat, and headache with a severe blistering, peeling, and red skin rash;
- seizure (black-out or convulsions); or
- jaundice (yellowing of the eyes or skin).
Less serious side effects may include:
- pain, irritation, or a hard lump where the injection was given;
- stomach pain, nausea, vomiting;
- headache; or
- vaginal itching or discharge.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Read the Claforan (cefotaxime) Side Effects Center for a complete guide to possible side effects »
What is the most important information I should know about cefotaxime (Claforan)?
You should not use this medication if you are allergic to cefotaxime or to similar antibiotics, such as cefdinir (Omnicef), cefprozil (Cefzil), cefuroxime (Ceftin), cephalexin (Keflex), and others.
Before using this medication, tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs (especially penicillin). Also tell your doctor if you have liver or kidney disease, diabetes, a stomach or intestinal disorder, or a heart rhythm disorder.
Use this medication for the entire length of time prescribed by your doctor. Your symptoms may get better before the infection is completely treated. Cefotaxime will not treat a viral infection such as the common cold or flu.
Antibiotic medicines can cause diarrhea, which may be a sign of a new infection. If you have diarrhea that is watery or has blood in it, call your doctor. Do not use any medicine to stop the diarrhea unless your doctor has told you to.
This medication can cause unusual results with certain lab tests for glucose (sugar) in the urine. Tell any doctor who treats you that you are using cefotaxime.
Additional Claforan Information
Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
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