Cefotaxime Side Effects
What should I watch for?
Tell your doctor or health care professional if your symptoms do not begin to improve or if you get new symptoms. Your doctor will monitor your condition and blood work as needed.
This medicine can interfere with some urine glucose tests. If you use such tests, talk with your health care professional.
If you are being treated for a sexually transmitted disease, avoid sexual contact until you have finished your treatment. Your sexual partner may also need treatment.
Common and Rare Side Effects
Along with its needed effects, a medicine may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.
Check with your doctor or nurse immediately if any of the following side effects occur:
Abdominal or stomach cramps or tenderness
black, tarry stools
diarrhea, watery and severe, which may also be bloody
difficulty with breathing
difficulty with swallowing
large, hive-like swelling on the face, eyelids, lips, tongue, throat, hands, legs, feet, or sex organs
nausea or vomiting
painful or difficult urination
puffiness or swelling of the eyelids or around the eyes, face, lips, or tongue
sores, ulcers, or white spots on the lips or in the mouth
tightness in the chest
unusual bleeding or bruising
unusual tiredness or weakness
unusual weight loss
back, leg, or stomach pains
blistering, peeling, or loosening of the skin
blood in the urine or stools
bloody or cloudy urine
cough or hoarseness
cracks in the skin at the corners of the mouth
fast, slow, or irregular heartbeat
fever with or without chills
general body swelling
general feeling of tiredness or weakness
greatly decreased frequency of urination or amount of urine
itching of the vagina or genital area
joint or muscle pain
loss of appetite
lower back or side pain
pain during sexual intercourse
pinpoint red spots on the skin
red skin lesions, often with a purple center
red, irritated eyes
soreness or redness around the fingernails and toenails
swelling of the feet or lower legs
thick, white vaginal discharge with no odor or with a mild odor
yellow eyes or skin
Incidence not known
unpleasant breath odor
vomiting of blood
Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:
Red streaks on the skin
swelling, tenderness, or pain at the injection site
Other side effects not listed may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your healthcare professional.
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.