Generic Name: Cefotetan

  • What is Cefotetan?

    Cefotetan is an antibiotic used to treat certain bacterial infections of the respiratory (lung), urinary, or genital tracts; and skin, abdomen, bone, or joint infections. It is also used before surgery to prevent infections. It may also be used to treat other bacterial infections, as determined by your doctor. This medicine can be administered intravenously (through a vein in your arm) or intramuscularly (into the muscle).

  • What is the most important information I should know about Cefotetan?

    Do not use cefotetan if you are allergic to it, any of its ingredients, or similar antibiotics (such as cefaclor or cefazolin). If you are allergic to penicillin antibiotics, it is possible for you to have an allergic reaction to this medication. Tell your doctor immediately if you receive cefotetan and feel signs of an allergic reaction (such as a rash, swelling, or difficulty breathing).

    Cefotetan can cause diarrhea or colitis (inflammation of the colon). This can occur a couple of months after receiving the last dose of cefotetan. Tell your doctor immediately if you have diarrhea or colitis.

    Cefotetan can cause hemolytic anemia (destruction of red blood cells). Tell your doctor if you have any type of anemia.

  • Who should not take Cefotetan?

    Do not receive cefotetan if you are allergic to it, any of its ingredients, or similar antibiotics.

    Do not receive cefotetan to treat viral infections, such as the common cold.

    Do not receive cefotetan if you have experienced hemolytic anemia caused by other similar antibiotics.

  • What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Cefotetan?

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with cefotetan. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have allergies, disease of the stomach or intestines, colitis, anemia, kidney disease, or liver problems.

  • What is the usual dosage?

    The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.

    Adults: Your doctor will prescribe the appropriate dose for you based on your condition.

    If you have kidney impairment, your doctor will adjust your dose appropriately.

  • How should I take Cefotetan?

    Your doctor will administer cefotetan intravenously or intramuscularly for you.

  • What should I avoid while taking Cefotetan?

    Do not miss your scheduled follow-up appointments with your doctor.

    Do not drink alcohol while using cefotetan. Doing so can cause a reaction characterized by redness, sweating, headache, and an increase in your heartbeat.

  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Cefotetan?

    If cefotetan is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining cefotetan with certain antibiotics (such as gentamicin, tobramycin, amikacin, or streptomycin).

  • What are the possible side effects of Cefotetan?

    Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.

    Side effects may include: allergic reactions, colitis, diarrhea, fever, injection-site reactions, kidney or liver problems, nausea, rash

  • Can I receive Cefotetan if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    The effects of cefotetan during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of Cefotetan?

    Cefotetan should be given under special circumstances determined by your doctor, and will be administered to you by your doctor.

  • How should I store Cefotetan?

    Your doctor will store this medication for you.