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Brand name: Ceftazidime (Aspen) TM

Active ingredients: ceftazidime

What it is used for

Treatment of single and mixed infections caused by susceptible aerobic organisms with suspected or documented resistance to other antimicrobials but not to ceftazidime; as an alternative to aminoglycosides in pseudomonal infection in patients in whom aminoglycoside toxicity is a cause for concern and other antipseudomonal antibiotics cannot be used. Indications include the following.. Severe infections in general: For example, septicaemia (including neonatal sepsis), bacteraemia; patients in intensive care units with specific problems, e.g. infected burns.. Respiratory tract: For example, pneumonia, bronchopneumonia, infected pleurisy, infected bronchiectasis and bronchitis.. Severe ear, nose and throat infections: For example, otitis media, mastoiditis.. Urinary tract: For example, acute and chronic pyelonephritis, pyelitis, cystitis, urethritis (bacterial only); infections associated with bladder and renal stones.. Skin and soft tissue: For example, erysipelas, abscesses, cellulitis, infected burns and wounds, mastitis.. Gastrointestinal and abdominal: For example, intra-abdominal abscesses, enterocolitis.. Bone and joint: For example, osteitis, osteomyelitis, septic arthritis, infected bursitis.

How to take it

You should seek medical advice in relation to medicines and use only as directed by a healthcare professional.

  • The way to take this medicine: Intramuscular
  • Store below 25 degrees Celsius
  • Protect from Light
  • Lifetime is 2 Years.

Always read the label. If symptoms persist see your healthcare professional.

Visual appearance

White or almost white cystalline powder. When reconstituted with water for injections, the solution is clear, colourless, free from visible particles

Do I need a prescription?

This medicine is available from a pharmacist and requires a prescription. It is Schedule 4 : Prescription Only Medicine.

Pregnant or planning a pregnancy?

For the active ingredient ceftazidime

You should seek advice from your doctor or pharmacist about taking this medicine. They can help you balance the risks and the benefits of this medicine during pregnancy.

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