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Zosyn

What should your doctor know before you receive Zosyn


He has to know if you have any of these conditions:
asthma
bleeding problems
eczema
kidney disease
liver disease
low potassium levels in the blood
stomach problems (especially colitis)
an unusual or allergic reaction to Zosyn, other penicillins, cephalosporin antibiotics, imipenem, foods, dyes, or preservatives
breast-feeding


How should you use this medicine

Zosyn is for infusion into a vein. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Use your doses at regular intervals. Do not use your medicine more often than directed. Finish the full course prescribed by your prescriber or health care professional even if you think your condition is better. Do not stop using except on your prescriber's advice.

Contact your pediatrician or health care professional regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

What drug(s) may interact with Zosyn

certain antibiotics given by injection
methotrexate
probenecid

Tell your prescriber or health care professional: about all other medicines you are taking including nonprescription medicines; if you are a frequent user of drinks with caffeine or alcohol; if you smoke; or if you use illegal drugs. These can affect the way your medicine works. Check with your health care professional before stopping or starting any of your medicines.


What side effects might I notice from receiving Zosyn


Side effects that you should report to your prescriber or health care professional as soon as possible:
difficulty breathing, wheezing
fever or chills, sore throat
muscle cramps
pain, swelling, and irritation at the injection site
red spots on the skin
redness, blistering, peeling, or loosening of the skin including inside the mouth
seizures (convulsions)
severe or watery diarrhea
swelling of face and neck
skin rash, itching
unusual bleeding
unusual weakness or tiredness

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your prescriber or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
abdominal pain
agitation
anxiety
constipation
diarrhea
difficulty sleeping
dizziness
headache
nausea, vomiting


What should you watch for while taking Zosyn


Tell your prescriber or health care professional if your symptoms do not improve in 2 or 3 days.

If you get severe or watery diarrhea, do not treat yourself. Call your prescriber or health care professional for advice.

If you get a skin rash, do not treat yourself. Call your prescriber or health care professional for advice.

If you are diabetic and taking large doses of Zosyn, you may get a false-positive result for sugar in your urine. Check with your prescriber or health care professional before you change your diet or the dose of your diabetic medicine.


Where you can keep Zosyn


Keep Zosyn out of the reach of children.

After mixing the injection solution, use within 24 hours if kept at room temperature; within 1 week if kept in a refrigerator between 2 degrees and 8 degrees C (59 degrees and 86 degrees F). Follow the manufacturer's advice on storage of diluted solutions. Throw away any unused injection solutions.

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