Claforan

(cefotaxime)

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Treats bacterial infections.

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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.

Quick facts about cefotaxime
  • Drug class: Infection
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (cefotaxime)

Upsides

  • 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

  • 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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How it works

Claforan (cefotaxime) is an antibacterial. It kills bacteria by preventing them from making their own protective covering.

Quick facts about cefotaxime
  • Drug class: Infection
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (cefotaxime)

Used for

Dosage forms

  • Injection
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What to expect when you take Claforan (cefotaxime) for Bacterial infection

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  • Possible side effects
  • Diarrhea
  • Severe diarrhea (C. difficile)
  • Allergic reaction
  • Low blood counts
  • Injection site reaction
  • Rash
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Side effect rates for Claforan (cefotaxime)

  • Soreness and pain at injection site
    4%4%
  • Redness and swelling at injection site
    4%4%
  • Rash
    2%2%
  • Itchy skin
    2%2%
  • Swelling
    2%2%
  • Fever
    2%2%
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The placebo bar shows how common a side effect was for people taking a sugar pill instead of cefotaxime.

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Risks and Warnings for Claforan (cefotaxime)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • Allergy to antibiotics

    Although rare, Claforan (cefotaxime) can cause a severe and life-threatening allergic reaction. This is more likely to occur if you have had an allergic reaction to penicillin-type antibiotics before. Tell your doctor if you are allergic to any antibiotics. If you get a rash, itchy skin, hives, difficulty breathing, or swelling of your face or mouth while taking Claforan (cefotaxime), talk to your doctor or go to the emergency room right away.

Common concerns from people taking Claforan (cefotaxime)

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Kidneys and liver
  • You might not be able to use Claforan (cefotaxime) if you've had problems with your large intestine or kidneys.
Pain
  • 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.