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Brand name: Cefotaxime (Mylan) TM

Active ingredients: cefotaxime

What it is used for

Treatment of the following types of infection when caused by susceptible microorganisms: - Infections of the respiratory tract (upper and lower). - Infections of the urinary tract. - Septicaemia. Concomitant therapy with an aminoglycoside may be instituted prior to isolation of the causative organism. - Intra-abdominal infection. - Gonorrhoea (including gonorrhoea caused by beta-lactamase producing strains of N.gonorrhoeae). - Ear, nose and throat infections. - Skin and skin structure infections. - Bone and joint infections. - Meningitis. Cefotaxime should be combined with an appropriate alternative antibiotic (ampicillin, chloramphenicol or penicillin G (benzylpenicillin) for initial therapy in children (excluding neonates), pending the availability of culture and sensitivity results. In adults the empirical use of cefotaxime should be restricted to patients suspected of having meningitis caused by Gram negative enteric bacilli. - Cefotaxime may be used for the prevention of postoperative infection in obstetrical surgery, vaginal and abdominal hysterectomy and biliary surgery. - In serious cases, cefotaxime may be used, if considered appropriate, before the results of sensitivity tests become available. The emergence of resistance to cefotaxime may complicate treatment.

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: Intravenous
  • Store below 25 degrees Celsius
  • Protect from Light
  • Shelf lifetime is 2 Years.

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

Visual appearance

White to almost white powder

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 cefotaxime

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.

Reporting side effects

You can help ensure medicines are safe by reporting the side effects you experience.

You can report side effects to your doctor, or directly at www.tga.gov.au/reporting-problems

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