NZ Formulary

Piperacillin and tazobactam

pi-per-a-sil-in and taz-oh-bak-tam

What does it do?

Piperacillin and tazobactam is used to treat bacterial infections.

How is it given?

Piperacillin and tazobactam is given as an infusion or injection into a vein.

What if you forget a dose?

The missed dose should be given as soon as possible and treatment should continue as directed. Piperacillin and tazobactam is usually given to you by a health professional. If you miss a dose, contact your health professional as soon as possible.

Can you take other medicines?

Tell your pharmacist or doctor about all medicines or treatments that you may be taking, including vitamins, herbal products or recreational drugs.

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What side effects might you notice?

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Symptoms of allergy including: skin rash, itching, swelling, trouble breathing

Reduced number of blood cells that fight infections or help your blood to clot - symptoms include: fever, chills, sore throat or generally feeling unwell, or easy or unusual bruising or bleeding

Seizures

Tell your doctor immediately

Severe or persistent diarrhoea, abdominal pain

Small white sores in mouth, furry tongue (oral thrush)

Vaginal itch or discharge (vaginal thrush)

Tell your doctor

Diarrhoea, stomach upset

Tell your doctor if troublesome

If you notice any other effects, discuss them with your doctor or pharmacist.

Other information:

  • Tell your doctor if you have kidney problems, have ever had a seizure, or have ever had an allergic reaction to penicillins or any other medicine.
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or breastfeeding.