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It is generally considered safe to use Cefotan (cefotetan) during pregnancy, as animal studies on the drug did not appear to cause any problems in the offspring. However, because animals may have a different response to drugs than humans, make sure to talk to your healthcare provider about the benefits and risks of using this antibiotic during pregnancy.

Can Pregnant Women Use Cefotan?

Cefotan® (cefotetan) is a prescription antibiotic given intravenously (by IV) or by intramuscular (IM) injection. It is usually considered safe for use during pregnancy.

What Is Pregnancy Category B?

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) uses a category system to classify the possible risks to a fetus when a specific medicine is taken during pregnancy. Cefotan is classified as a pregnancy Category B medication.
Pregnancy Category B is given to medicines that have not been adequately studied in pregnant humans but do not appear to cause harm to the fetus in animal studies. Medications that have been shown to be safe for use in pregnancy in humans but have caused problems in laboratory animals are also given a Category B rating.
Cefotan was given a pregnancy Category B rating because studies in pregnant rats and monkeys did not appear to cause any problems. However, it is important to note that animals do not always respond to medicines in the same way that humans do. Therefore, a pregnancy Category B medicine, including Cefotan, should be given to a pregnant woman only if her healthcare provider believes that the benefits to the woman outweigh any possible risks to her unborn child.
Cefotan is sometimes given during a cesarean section (C-section), right after the cord is clamped (this helps prevent exposing the baby to the drug), in order to prevent infection in the mother. It does pass through breast milk, but only in low amounts (see Cefotan and Breastfeeding).
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