Zosyn (Piperacillin/ Tazobactam)
By: Jacqueline Coronado
What is Zosyn?
Is Zosyn Right for You?
But how do I know if Zosyn is right for me? Before taking Zosyn, you should tell your doctor if you have or have ever had:
- Kidney disease
- Liver disease
- Bleeding or blood cutting disorder
- Allergies (especially for any certain drugs)
- Cystic fibrosis
- Gastrointestinal disease (especially colitis)
Warning and Side Effects
- Allergies to penicillin, cephalosporins, imipenem
- Risk of bleeding complications
- Risk of seizures
- Increase frequency of fever and rashes on patients suffering from Cystic fibrosis
- Prolong used may result in bacterial or fungal superinfection
- Nausea or vomiting
- Constipation or diarrhea
If you experience any of the serious following side effects, stop using Zosyn and call your doctor immediately:
- Shortness of breath
- Rashes or itchy skin
- Rapid heart rate
- Unusual bleeding
- Developing flu-like symptoms
How is Zosyn Taken?
Zosyn is given 3.375g every 6 hours for 7-10 days and is administered by intravenous infusion over 30 minutes.
Patients 9 months or older, weighing up to 40kg, is recommended to be given 100mg per kilogram of body weight every 8 hours. Patients 2-9 months should be given 80kg per kilogram of body weight every 8 hours. Pediatric patients weighing over 40kg should receive adult doses.
Ask or consult with your doctor to see if Zosyn is right for you.