What Is Cefotaxime Used For?

Using Cefotaxime to Prevent Surgical Infections

Cefotaxime is also used to prevent infections in people undergoing certain surgeries, such as:
 
  • Digestive tract (gastrointestinal) surgery
  • Hysterectomy (either vaginal or abdominal hysterectomies)
  • Genital or urinary tract surgeries
  • Cesarean section (C-section).
 

How Does It Work?

Cefotaxime is a cephalosporin antibiotic. Cephalosporins are part of a larger group of medications known as beta-lactam antibiotics, named after the ring-like "lactam" structure of these drugs. Cefotaxime works by stopping bacteria from making cell walls, which eventually causes the bacteria to die. Cephalosporins are related to penicillin.
 

Can Children Use Cefotaxime?

Cefotaxime is approved for use in children, even newborns. Because the cefotaxime dosage used in children is based on weight, it is important that your healthcare provider has an accurate weight for your child. It may be best to actually weigh the child, as a child's weight frequently changes.
 

What About Off-Label Cefotaxime Uses?

On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend this medicine for something other than treating the infections discussed in this article. This is called an "off-label" use. Using cefotaxime to treat or prevent other types of infections would be examples of off-label uses.

Cefotaxime Antibiotic Information

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