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Antibiotics Used for Uterine Infection

author image Lisabetta DiVita
Lisabetta Divita is a physician whose love for writing flourished while she was exposed to all facets of the medical field during her training. Her writings are currently featured in prominent medical magazines and various online publications. She holds a doctorate in medicine, a master's in biomedicine, and a Bachelor of Science in biology from Boston College.
Antibiotics Used for Uterine Infection
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A uterine infection, medically known as endometritis, is a medical condition in which the lining of the uterus actually becomes irritated or inflamed. This uterine infection typically occurs after having a miscarriage or even after a long childbirth. Symptoms include pelvic or stomach pain and vaginal bleeding or discharge. Fortunately, antibiotic medications can treat uterine infections.

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Ceftriaxone (Rocephin, Rocephin ADD-Vantage) belongs to a class of medications called ceftriaxone antibiotic medications. It specifically works to destroy bacteria in the body.

Ceftriaxone's common effects include dizziness, a headache, sweating, vaginal itching or discharge and tongue pain. Ceftriaxone can also cause stomach pain, nausea or vomiting. Inform a doctor when ceftriaxone causes these symptoms to last for greater than seven days.

Ceftriaxone's serious effects include bloody or watery diarrhea, decreased urination, blistering or peeling of the skin, bruising, muscle weakness, numbness and white patches or sores in the mouth or on the lips. Ceftriaxone's other serious effects include dark colored urine, confusion, yellowing of the skin, bloating and stomach pain that may move to the back. Call a physician immediately if ceftriaxone causes these effects.

Ceftriaxone is an injection given in the muscle (intramuscularly) or vein (intravenously).


Ceftazidime (Ceptaz, Fortaz, Pentacef, Tazicef, Tazidime) is an antibiotic medication that is also used to destroy bacteria.

Ceftazidime's common effects include vomiting, stomach pain, diarrhea and stomach problems. Call a physician when ceftazidime's serious effects last for more than five to seven days.

Ceftazidime's serious effects include a rash, hives, trouble breathing, a sore throat, a rash and hives. Call a physician immediately when ceftazidime causes these effects.

Ceftazidime is also given as an injection. It should be taken as directed.

Piperacillin and Tazobactam

Piperacillin and tazobactam (Zosyn) is a combination drug that also works to fight infections.

Piperacillin and tazobactam's common effects include a headache, constipation, trouble sleeping, a vaginal yeast infection, vomiting, stomach pain and pain or irritation at the site of injection. Piperacillin and tazobactam also causes anxiety, constipation and a skin rash. Phone a physician when these effects remain for more than five to seven days.

Piperacillin and tazobactam's serious effects include a seizure, chills, watery or bloody diarrhea, easy bruising or bleeding, body aches, lightheadedness, fainting, increased thirst, confusion, a fast heart rate and a dry mouth. Inform a doctor if piperacillin and tazobactam causes these effects.

This drug is given as an injection for seven to ten days or as prescribed.

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