Cefotan Side Effects

People who receive Cefotan may experience side effects during treatment with this drug -- and even after treatment ends. Some of the most commonly reported problems include nausea, diarrhea, and skin reactions. While most reactions to this antibiotic tend to be minor, there are also serious problems, such as seizures or bloody diarrhea, which require immediate medical treatment.

An Introduction to Side Effects of Cefotan

Just like any medicine, Cefotan® (cefotetan) can cause side effects. However, not everyone who receives the drug will have problems. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or are treated easily by you or your healthcare provider.
(This article covers many, but not all, of the possible side effects with Cefotan. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list with you.)

Common Side Effects of Cefotan

Cefotan has been studied extensively in clinical trials. In these studies, the possible side effects were carefully documented.
In these studies, the most common Cefotan side effects included:
  • Digestive side effects (mostly diarrhea, but sometimes nausea) -- in up to 1.5 percent of people
  • Various laboratory abnormalities -- in up to 1.4 percent
  • High liver enzymes (found using a blood test) -- up to 1.2 percent
  • Allergic reactions (mostly skin reactions) -- up to 1.2 percent.

Side Effects to Report

Some Cefotan side effects are potentially serious and should be reported immediately to your healthcare provider. These include but are not limited to:
  • Signs of an overdose (which can occur even with regular doses, particularly in people who have poor kidney function), such as:
    • Seizures
    • Coma
    • Unusual muscle movements or hyperactivity
  • Watery or bloody diarrhea (which can start while using the drug or even quite a while after treatment ends)
  • Signs of an allergic reaction, such as:
    • An unexplained rash
    • Itching
    • Hives
    • Redness of the face
    • Swelling of the mouth or throat
    • Wheezing
    • Difficulty breathing.

Cefotan Antibiotic Information

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