Active ingredients: piperacillin + tazobactam
What it is used for
Piperacillin and tazobactam is indicated in the treatment of serious bacterial infections caused by susceptible strains of beta-lactamase producing organisms in the conditions listed below: Lower respiratory tract infections; Urinary tract infections (complicated and uncomplicated); Intra-abdominal infections; Skin and skin structure infections; Bacterial septicaemia; and Gynaecological infections. Children under the age of 12 years: In hospitalised children aged 2 to 12 years, Piperacillin and tazobactam is indicated for the treatment of serious intra-abdominal infections. It has not been evaluated in this indication for paediatric patients below the age of two years. While Piperacillin and tazobactam is indicated only for the conditions listed above, it may be used as a single agent in the treatment of mixed infections caused by Piperacillin susceptible and beta-lactamase producing, piperacillin resistant organisms. Appropriate culture and susceptibility tests should be performed before treatment in order to isolate and identify organisms causing infection and to determine their susceptibility to Piperacillin and tazobactam. Therapy with Piperacillin and tazobactam, however, may be initiated before results of such tests are known when there is reason to believe the infection may involve any of the beta-lactamase producing organisms listed above; however, once results become available, appropriate therapy should be continued. In serious infections, presumptive therapy with Piperacillin and tazobactam may be initiated before susceptibility test results are available. Combination therapy with Piperacillin and tazobactam and aminoglycosides may be used in the treatment of serious infections caused by Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Both drugs should be used in full therapeutic doses. As soon as results of culture and susceptibility tests become available, antimicrobial therapy should be adjusted.
How to take it
The way to take this medicine is: Intravenous. This medicine or fluids is given through a needle or tube (catheter) inserted into a vein.
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- Shelf lifetime is 3 Years.
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white or almost white lyophilized powder
Do I need a prescription?
This medicine is available from a pharmacist and requires a prescription. It is
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For the active ingredient piperacillin + tazobactam
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Reporting side effects
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