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Cefotan is approved to treat certain bacterial infections, such as pneumonia, bladder infections, or skin infections. This prescription antibiotic can also help prevent infections in people undergoing certain types of surgery. There are also some occasions in which a healthcare provider may prescribe Cefotan for unapproved uses, such as treating or preventing other types of infections.

What Is Cefotan Used For?

Cefotan® (cefotetan) is a prescription antibiotic typically used in hospitals or other similar settings. It is given intravenously (by IV) or by intramuscular (IM) injection.
Cefotan is approved for treating the following types of infections:
  • Urinary tract infections (UTIs), such as a bladder infection or kidney infection
  • Lower respiratory tract infections, such as pneumonia
  • Skin and skin structure infections
  • Gynecologic infections
  • Intra-abdominal infections.
Cefotan is approved for treating the above infections only when they are caused by certain types of bacteria. Not all bacteria will respond to Cefotan.
Also, bacteria have different resistance patterns in different regions in the country. This means that some bacteria may be susceptible to Cefotan in certain parts of the country but not in others. Cefotan 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 Cefotan. In other situations, your healthcare provider may decide to try Cefotan without such tests, especially for infections that are not severe.
Cefotan is also used to prevent infections in people who are undergoing certain types of surgery. Some surgeries are more likely to result in infections, compared to others; however, not all surgeries require a preventive antibiotic.
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