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Your healthcare provider may prescribe an antibiotic called Cefotan to treat various bacterial infections or to prevent surgical infections. Given as an injection into a vein or a muscle, this antibiotic works to kill bacteria by preventing them from making cell walls. Dosing guidelines will vary, based on the severity of the infection, your kidney function, and other medical conditions you may have, among other factors.

What Is Cefotan?

Cefotan® (cefotetan) is a prescription cephalosporin antibiotic licensed to treat a number of different infections. It is also used to help prevent surgical infections. It is given intravenously (by IV) or by intramuscular (IM) injection.
(Click Cefotan Uses for more information on this topic, including possible off-label uses.)

Who Makes This Medication?

Brand-name Cefotan was made by GlaxoSmithKline for AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals, LP, but is no longer available. Generic versions are still available and are made by various manufacturers (see Generic Cefotan for more information).

How Does Cefotan Work?

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 usually classified as a "second-generation" cephalosporin.

When and How to Use It

Some general considerations to keep in mind during treatment with Cefotan include the following:
  • This medication is given by IV or by intramuscular injection. It is usually given every 12 to 24 hours.
  • For serious infections, it is usually best to give this drug by IV, rather than by intramuscular injection.
  • This antibiotic is often given for a few days after the infection has cleared up. For serious infections, an even longer treatment may be recommended.
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