Antibiotics Home > Cefotaxime and UTI
Approved uses for cefotaxime (Claforan®) include the treatment of a number of bacterial infections, such as:
- Urinary tract infections (UTIs, such as a bladder infection or kidney infection)
- Skin and skin structure infections
- Abdominal (stomach) infections.
Cefotaxime is approved for use in adults and children, even newborns. It is a type of cephalosporin antibiotic, and works to kill certain bacteria by stopping them from making cell walls.
There are also some off-label (or unapproved) uses for the drug, such as treating certain other infections.
(Click What Is Cefotaxime Used For? to learn more about treating UTI infections, pneumonia, and various other bacterial infections with this drug. This article takes a more in-depth look at how it works and whether it can be given to children.)