Fortaz Uses

Fortaz is approved to treat infections such as pneumonia, urinary tract infections, and bacterial meningitis, among others. The antibiotic works to kill bacteria by interfering with the bacteria's ability to make cell walls. It is approved for adults and children, even newborns. Healthcare providers sometimes recommend using Fortaz "off-label," such as for the prevention of certain infections.

What Is Fortaz Used For?

Fortaz® (ceftazidime) is a prescription antibiotic typically used in hospitals or other similar settings. It is given either intramuscularly (injected into a muscle) or intravenously (by IV).
Fortaz is approved for treating the following types of infections:
  • Lower respiratory tract infections, such as pneumonia
  • Skin and skin structure infections
  • Urinary tract infections (UTIs, such as bladder infections or kidney infections)
  • Bloodstream infections
  • Bone and joint infections
  • Gynecologic infections
  • Abdominal infections
  • Central nervous system infections, such as meningitis.
Fortaz is approved for treating these infections only when they are caused by certain types of bacteria. Not all bacteria will respond to Fortaz. Also, bacteria have difference resistance patterns in different regions in the country. This means that some bacteria may be susceptible to this drug in certain parts of the country but not in others.
Fortaz is completely ineffective for treating viral illnesses, such as the common cold or the flu.
In some situations, your healthcare provider may perform certain tests to see if your particular infection is susceptible or resistant to Fortaz. In other situations, your healthcare provider may decide to try Fortaz without such tests, especially for infections that are not severe.

Fortaz Medication Information

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