Cefotan is a cephalosporin antibiotic. Cephalosporins are a part of a larger group of medications known as beta-lactam antibiotics (named after the ring-like "lactam" structure of these antibiotics). Cefotan works by stopping bacteria from making cell walls, which eventually causes the bacteria to die. Cephalosporins are related to penicillin medications.
Cefotan is not approved for use in children, as it has not been adequately studied in this age group. Talk with your child's healthcare provider about the risks and benefits of using this medicine in children.
On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend this medication for something other than treating or preventing the infections discussed in this article. This is called an "off-label" use. Using Cefotan to treat or prevent other types of infections would be examples of off-label uses.