What Is Cefotaxime Used For?

If you have pneumonia, a bladder infection, or certain other types of bacterial infections, a healthcare provider may prescribe cefotaxime. This drug is used for treating these types of bacterial infections and also for preventing certain infections that may occur due to surgery. There are also some off-label (unapproved) reasons to use cefotaxime, such as treating other types of infections.

An Overview of Uses for Cefotaxime

Cefotaxime (Claforan®) is a prescription antibiotic typically used in hospitals or other similar settings. It is given intravenously (by IV) or by intramuscular (IM) injection.
 

Cefotaxime Use for Treating Infections

Cefotaxime is approved for treating the following types of infections:
 
  • Lower respiratory tract infections, such as pneumonia
  • Genitourinary infections, such as gonorrhea or urinary tract infections (UTIs, such as a bladder infection or kidney infection)
  • Gynecologic infections, such as pelvic inflammatory disease (PID)
  • Bloodstream infections
  • Bone and joint infections
  • Skin and skin structure infections
  • Abdominal (stomach) infections
  • Central nervous system infections, such as meningitis.
 
Cefotaxime is approved for treating these infections only when they are caused by certain types of bacteria. Not all bacteria will respond to the drug. Also, bacteria have different resistance patterns in different regions of the country. This means that some bacteria may be susceptible to cefotaxime in certain parts of the country but not in others. The drug is completely ineffective for treating viral illnesses, such as the common cold or the flu.
 
In some situations, your healthcare provider may perform certain tests to see if your particular infection is susceptible or resistant to cefotaxime. In other situations, your healthcare provider may decide to try the drug without such tests, especially for infections that are not severe.
 

Cefotaxime Antibiotic Information

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