Given as an injection into a vein or a muscle, Cefotan is prescribed to treat or prevent certain infections. The Cefotan dosage you receive will be based on the severity of your infection, your kidney function, and other medical conditions you have, among other factors. In general, the more serious the infection, the higher and more frequent the dose.
The dose of Cefotan® (cefotetan) your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on factors such as:
- The type and severity of the infection being treated
- How well your kidneys are functioning
- Other medical conditions you may have.
As is always the case, do not adjust your dosage unless your healthcare provider specifically tells you to do so.
Although the standard recommended dosage for Cefotan varies, the usual amount for adults typically ranges from 0.5 grams (500 mg) up to 3 grams (3000 mg) given every 12 to 24 hours, given either intravenously (by IV) or by injection into a muscle (IM injection).
In general, the more serious the infection, the higher and more frequent the dose. Also, for more serious infections, Cefotan should be given intravenously (by IV); intramuscular (IM) injections are more commonly used for less-serious infections.
If your kidneys are not functioning well, a lower or less-frequent dosage may be recommended. In some cases, Cefotan can be given as infrequently as every 48 hours.
For preventing surgical infections in adults, the standard dosage is a single dose of Cefotan 1 gram or 2 grams given by IV 30 to 60 minutes before the first incision. For cesarean sections, the dose is usually given right after the cord is clamped to prevent transfer of the drug to the baby.