Why is it prescribed?

Cefotaxime can be used to treat many different infections.  This information pertains to its use for pneumonia.

Products that have this ingredient include •Cefotaxime injection •

See other drugs used in the treatment of •pneumonia •

Side effects include:

  • headache
  • nausea, vomiting
  • rash, itching
  • fever
  • pain and tenderness at injection site
  • lower abdominal pain

Cefotaxime is a cephalosporin antibiotic.  It kills certain bacteria that can cause infections such as pneumonia.

Do not use cefotaxime if:

  • If you are allergic to cefotaxime or any cephalosporin antibiotic

Use cefotaxime with caution if you:

  • are allergic to penicillin
  • have colon (large intestine) problems
  • have blood disorders like hemolytic anemia
  • have kidney problems

Drug Interactions: The following may interact with cefotaxime:

  • Probenecid
  • Furosemide
  • Aminoglycosides


Safety in pregnancy: Cefotaxime is considered compatible with pregnancy

Safety in breastfeeding: Cefotaxime is considered compatible with breastfeeding.


Page Last Updated: 25/11/2015