You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to using Fortaz if you have:
- Kidney disease, such as kidney failure (renal failure)
- An allergy to cephalosporin or penicillin antibiotics
- Any other allergies, including to food, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
- Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant (see Ceftazidime and Pregnancy)
- Breastfeeding (see Ceftazidime and Breastfeeding).
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about any other medications you are taking, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
(Click Fortaz Warnings and Precautions to learn more, including information on who should not take the drug.)
What If I Take an Overdose?An overdose of this medication can cause serious problems, such as seizures or a coma. If you think you have been given too much Fortaz, alert the medical staff immediately.
(Click Ceftazidime Overdose for more information.)
How Should Fortaz Be Stored?Fortaz comes in vials of the dry medication (which need to be mixed) or in premixed containers. Fortaz unmixed vials should be stored at room temperature. Premixed Fortaz containers should be frozen until use. They can be thawed at room temperature or under refrigeration (do not thaw in warm water or in a microwave).
Fortaz comes in the following strengths and forms:
- Fortaz 500 mg vial
- Fortaz 1 gram (1000 mg) vial
- Fortaz 2 gram (2000 mg) vial
- Fortaz 6 gram (6000 mg) pharmacy "bulk package"
- Premixed frozen Fortaz 1 gram (1000 mg) in 50 mL
- Premixed frozen Fortaz 2 grams (2000 mg) in 50 mL.