Compare cefotaxime vs. Vantin

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Claforan
(cefotaxime)

Vantin
(cefpodoxime)

Treats bacterial infections. Claforan (cefotaxime) is good for treating many bacterial infections, but it is only available as an injectable, so it is usually only used in the hospital.Coming soon.
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Side effects
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  • Soreness and pain at injection site 4%
  • Redness and swelling at injection site 4%
  • Rash 2%
  • Itchy skin 2%
  • Swelling 2%
  • Fever 2%
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How it works
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Claforan (cefotaxime) is an antibacterial. It kills bacteria by preventing them from making their own protective covering.Coming soon.
Type of medication
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Prescription only
Available as
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  • Injection
  • Pill
  • Liquid
Used for
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  • Acute Otitis Media Bronchitis
Risk factors for serious side effects
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  • Allergy to antibiotics
  • Taking Claforan (cefotaxime) for more than 10 days
  • Taking Claforan (cefotaxime) for a long time
Detailed Claforan (cefotaxime) risks & warnings »
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    Pregnancy

    Research studies with animals haven’t found a risk to unborn babies, but it hasn’t been properly studied in humans.

    Kidneys and liver
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    • You might not be able to use Claforan (cefotaxime) if you've had problems with your large intestine or kidneys.
    No kidneys and liver related info.
    Pain
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    • Claforan (cefotaxime) may cause tissue damage if the drug leaks from the vein. Tell your doctor or nurse if you have any redness, burning, pain, swelling, blisters, skin sores, or leaking of fluid where the drug is going into your body.
    No pain related info.
    Upsides and benefits
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    • Claforan (cefotaxime) is available as a generic.
    • It treats many types of bacterial infections.
    • People usually have few side effects when taking it.
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    Downsides and risks
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    • Claforan (cefotaxime) is only available as an injectable.
    • If you have to take it at home, your doctor will place a small tube into your skin, and either you or a nurse will inject the medicine.
    • If you're taking Claforan (cefotaxime) at home, you have to store it in the fridge, and a nurse might have to see you often to do blood tests.
    • You might not be able to use Claforan (cefotaxime) if you've had problems with your large intestine or kidneys.
    • Claforan (cefotaxime) may cause nausea, vomiting, or fever.
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    Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
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    • Claforan (cefotaxime) is usually given in the hospital. If you have to take it at home, your doctor will place a small tube into your skin to inject the medicine.
    • Store Claforan (cefotaxime) in the fridge, but take it out and leave it at room temperature for at least 30 minutes before you inject it.
    • Before taking Claforan (cefotaxime), tell your doctor if you are allergic to cephalosporins, penicillins, or any other medications.
    • Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you get a rash, itchy skin, trouble breathing, or swelling in your face or mouth.
    • Diarrhea is a common side effect that should go away when you stop the medication. Tell your doctor if it doesn't stop, or if you develop very watery or bloody stools.
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