Drug Index


Mechanism :

Cefotaxime is a semisynthetic, broad spectrum cephalosporin antibiotic for parenteral administration. Cephalosporins are bactericidal because of their inhibition of cell-wall synthesis.

Indication :

  • Pneumonia
  • Meningitis
  • Epiglottitis
  • Pyoderma
  • Pyelonephritis
  • Subcutaneous abscess
  • Pelvic infections
  • Peritonitis

Contraindications :

Cefotaxime is contraindicated in patients with known allergy to the cephalosporin group of antibiotics.

Dosing :

<12 years or <50 kg:
50-200 mg/kg/day IV/IM in 6-8 hourly divided doses for 7-14 days. For severe infections, meningitis use the dose of 200 mg/kg/day.
>12 years or >50 kg:
1-2 g IV/IM every 8 hours for 7-14 days. For severe infections, meningitis use the dose of 2 g/day.

Adverse Effect :

Injection site inflammation, hypersensitivity (rash, pruritus, fever, urticaria and anaphylaxis), colitis, diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting, pseudomembranous colitis.

Interaction :

Aminoglycoside: Increased nephrotoxicity has been reported following concomitant administration of cephalosporins and aminoglycoside antibiotics.
Positive direct Coombs tests have been reported during treatment with the cephalosporin antibiotics.

Renal Dose :

Dose in Renal Impairment GFR (mL/min)
20-50Dose as in normal renal function
10-20Dose as in normal renal function
<101 g every 8–12 hours

Dose in Patients undergoing Renal Replacement Therapies
CAPDNot dialysed. Dose as in GFR<10 mL/min
HDDialysed. Dose as in GFR<10 mL/ min
HDF/High fluxDialysed. Dose as in GFR<10 mL/ min
CAV/VVHDDialysed. 1–2 g every 12 hours
CVVHD/HDFDialysed. 2 g every 12 hours

Hepatic Dose :

No dosage adjustments are recommended.
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