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TAZICEF - ADD-VANTAGE Clinical Pharmacology (ceftazidime for injection, USP - ADD-VANTAGE)


After IV administration of 500-mg and 1-g doses of ceftazidime over 5 minutes to normal adult male volunteers, mean peak serum concentrations of 45 and 90 mcg/mL, respectively, were achieved. After IV infusion of 500-mg, 1-g, and 2-g doses of ceftazidime over 20 to 30 minutes to normal adult male volunteers, mean peak serum concentrations of 42, 69, and 170 mcg/mL, respectively, were achieved. The average serum concentrations following IV infusion of 500-mg, 1-g, and 2-g doses to these volunteers over an 8-hour interval are given in Table 1.

Table 1. Average Serum Concentrations of Ceftazidime
CeftazidimeSerum Concentrations (mcg/mL)
IV Dose0.5 hr1 hr2 hr4 hr8 hr
500 mg42251262
1 g603923113
2 g1297542135

The absorption and elimination of ceftazidime were directly proportional to the size of the dose. The half-life following IV administration was approximately 1.9 hours. Less than 10% of ceftazidime was protein bound. The degree of protein binding was independent of concentration.

There was no evidence of accumulation of ceftazidime in the serum in individuals with normal renal function following multiple IV doses of 1 and 2 g every 8 hours for 10 days.

Following intramuscular (IM) administration of 500-mg and 1-g doses of ceftazidime to normal adult volunteers, the mean peak serum concentrations were 17 and 39 mcg/mL, respectively, at approximately 1 hour. Serum concentrations remained above 4 mcg/mL for 6 and 8 hours after the IM administration of 500-mg and 1-g doses, respectively. The half-life of ceftazidime in these volunteers was approximately 2 hours.

The presence of hepatic dysfunction had no effect on the pharmacokinetics of ceftazidime in individuals administered 2 g intravenously every 8 hours for 5 days. Therefore, a dosage adjustment from the normal recommended dosage is not required for patients with hepatic dysfunction, provided renal function is not impaired.

Approximately 80% to 90% of an IM or IV dose of ceftazidime is excreted unchanged by the kidneys over a 24-hour period. After the IV administration of single 500-mg or 1-g doses, approximately 50% of the dose appeared in the urine in the first 2 hours. An additional 20% was excreted between 2 and 4 hours after dosing, and approximately another 12% of the dose appeared in the urine between 4 and 8 hours later. The elimination of ceftazidime by the kidneys resulted in high therapeutic concentrations in the urine.

The mean renal clearance of ceftazidime was approximately 100 mL/min. The calculated plasma clearance of approximately 115 mL/min indicated nearly complete elimination of ceftazidime by the renal route. Administration of probenecid before dosing had no effect on the elimination kinetics of ceftazidime. This suggested that ceftazidime is eliminated by glomerular filtration and is not actively secreted by renal tubular mechanisms.

Since ceftazidime is eliminated almost solely by the kidneys, its serum half-life is significantly prolonged in patients with impaired renal function. Consequently, dosage adjustments in such patients as described in the DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION section are suggested.

Therapeutic concentrations of ceftazidime are achieved in the following body tissues and fluids.

Table 2. Ceftazidime Concentrations in Body Tissues and Fluids
Tissue or FluidDose/RouteNo. of PatientsTime of Sample
Post Dose
Average Tissue or Fluid Level
(mcg/mL or mcg/g)
Urine500 mg IM60 to 2 hr2,100
2 g IV60 to 2 hr12,000
Bile2 g IV390 min36.4
Synovial fluid2 g IV132 hr25.6
Peritoneal fluid2 g IV82 hr48.6
Sputum1 g IV81 hr9
Cerebrospinal fluid2 g q8hr IV5120 min9.8
(inflamed meninges)2 g q8hr IV6180 min9.4
Aqueous humor2 g IV131 to 3 hr11
Blister fluid1 g IV72 to 3 hr19.7
Lymphatic fluid1 g IV72 to 3 hr23.4
Bone2 g IV8 0.67 hr31.1
Heart muscle2 g IV3530 to 280 min12.7
Skin2 g IV2230 to 180 min6.6
Skeletal muscle2 g IV3530 to 280 min9.4
Myometrium2 g IV311 to 2 hr18.7


Mechanism of Action

Ceftazidime is a bactericidal agent that acts by inhibition of bacterial cell wall synthesis. Ceftazidime has activity in the presence of some beta-lactamases, both penicillinases and cephalosporinases, of Gram-negative and Gram-positive bacteria.

Mechanism of Resistance

Resistance to ceftazidime is primarily through hydrolysis by beta-lactamase, alteration of penicillin-binding proteins (PBPs), and decreased permeability.

Interaction with Other Antimicrobials

In an in vitro study, antagonistic effects have been observed with the combination of chloramphenicol and ceftazidime.

Ceftazidime has been shown to be active against most isolates of the following bacteria, both in vitro and in clinical infections as described in the INDICATIONS AND USAGE section:

Gram-negative bacteria

  • Citrobacter species
  • Enterobacter species
  • Escherichia coli
  • Klebsiella species
  • Haemophilus influenzae
  • Neisseria meningitidis
  • Proteus mirabilis
  • Proteus vulgaris
  • Pseudomonas aeruginosa
  • Serratia species

Gram-positive bacteria

  • Staphylococcus aureus
  • Streptococcus pneumoniae
  • Streptococcus pyogenes
  • Streptococcus agalactiae

Anaerobic bacteria

  • Bacteroides species (Note: many isolates of Bacteroides species are resistant)

The following in vitro data are available, but their clinical significance is unknown. At least 90 percent of the following microorganisms exhibit an in vitro minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) less than or equal to the susceptible breakpoint for ceftazidime. However, the efficacy of ceftazidime in treating clinical infections due to these microorganisms has not been established in adequate and well-controlled clinical trials.

Gram-negative bacteria

  • Acinetobacter species
  • Citrobacter diversus
  • Citrobacter freundii
  • Providencia species (including Providencia rettgeri)
  • Salmonella species
  • Shigella species
  • Haemophilus parainfluenzae
  • Morganella morganii
  • Neisseria gonorrhoeae
  • Yersinia enterocolitica

Gram-positive bacteria

  • Staphylococcus epidermidis

Anaerobic bacteria

  • Clostridium species (Not including Clostridium difficile)
  • Peptostreptococcus species

Susceptibility Testing

For specific information regarding susceptibility test interpretive criteria and associated test methods and quality control standards recognized by FDA for this drug, please see:

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