To reduce the development of drug-resistant bacteria and maintain the effectiveness of Tazicef (ceftazidime) and other antibacterial drugs, Tazicef (ceftazidime) should be used only to treat infections that are proven or strongly suspected to be caused by bacteria.
COMPATIBILITY AND STABILITY
Solutions of Tazicef in 5% Dextrose and 0.9% Sodium Chloride Injection are stable for at least 6 hours at room temperature in plastic tubing, drip chambers, and volume control devices of common IV infusion sets.
Vancomycin solution exhibits a physical incompatibility when mixed with a number of drugs, including ceftazidime. The likelihood of precipitation with ceftazidime is dependent on the concentrations of vancomycin and ceftazidime present. It is therefore recommended, when both drugs are to be administered by intermittent IV infusion, that they be given separately, flushing the IV lines (with 1 of the compatible IV fluids) between the administration of these 2 agents.
ADD-Vantage® Vials: Ordinarily, ADD-Vantage® vials should be reconstituted only when it is certain that the patient is ready to receive the drug. However, Tazicef in ADD-Vantage® vials is stable for 24 hours at room temperature when reconstituted as directed (DIRECTIONS FOR USE).
Note: Parenteral drug products should be inspected visually for particulate matter before administration whenever solution and container permit.
As with other cephalosporins, Tazicef powder, as well as solutions, tend to darken depending on storage conditions; within the stated recommendations, however, product potency is not adversely affected.