Without a Prescription
Cefotetan is an injection. It is a sterile, semi-synthetic, broad spectrum, beta lactamase resistant cephalosporin antibiotic and is prescribed for prenteral administration. It is supplied in vials and is white to pale yellow powder that is very soluble in water.
Cefotetan has a variety of uses. It is primarily prescribed, however to treat infections. It is prescribed to treat therapeutically any of the following:
- Bone and joint infections;
- Gynecologic infections;
- Intra-abdominal infections;
- Lower respiratory infections;
- Skin and skin structure infections;
- Urinary tract infections;
Cefotetan may also be prescribed for purposes not mentioned here.
Cefotetan is not advisable to patients who have allergy to the cephalosporin group of antibiotics. It is also not advised to patients who have cephalosporin-associated hemolytic anemia.
Cefotetan has been observed to may cause an immune mediate hemolytic anemia. If any type of anemia should be observed during the treatment of Cefotetan, discontinue use and inform your doctor at the soonest possible time.
Cefotetan belongs to the FDA pregnancy Category B, which means it is not known to cause any harm to an unborn baby. Inform your doctor, however if you are pregnant or planning to be pregnant while taking Cefotetan. Very small quantities of Cefotetan have been known to pass through breast milk. Inform your doctor if you are nursing a baby.
The safety and effectiveness of Cefotetan on children have not been established. Do not administer this to a child without discussing it with your doctor.
Since Cefotetan may be excreted through the kidney, people with renal failure should not take Cefotetan without thoroughly discussing the situation with a doctor.
Directions on how should Cefotetan be taken must be obtained from your doctor.
Cefotetan should be may be taken in intravenously or intramuscularly.
When administered intravenously, the patient may receive Cefotetan through a tubing system. For intermittent intravenous administration, Cefotetan may be injected over a period of three to five minutes.
When administered intramuscularly, it should be injected deep within the body of a comparatively large muscle such as the gluteus maximus. Aspiration may be necessary so as not to accidentally inject a blood vessel.
Obtain the dosage of Cefotetan from your doctor. The dosage may vary from person to person with regards to the condition of the patient, severity of the infection, susceptibility of the causative organism and many other factors.
The symptoms of overdose of Cefotetan are not yet known. If overdose is suspected, or if you think that you have taken in more of Cefotetan than you should, inform your doctor and seek immediate medical attention.
A dose of Cefotetan should not be missed. If a dose is missed, however inform your doctor immediately and refer to him as to what you should do.
Cefotetan has been observed to cause hematological, gastrointestinal, hypersensitive, hepatic, renal, urogenital and local side effects.
- Anaphylactic reactions;
- Elevations in bun and serum creatanine;
- Hemolytic anemia;
- Prolong prothrombin time with or without bleeding;
- Pseudomembranous colitis;
Inform your doctor and seek immediate medical attention if you experience any of these side effects.
Amino glycoside may react with Cefotetan. If prescribed concomitantly, nephrotoxicity may occur so renal function should be carefully monitored.
Other drugs may also react with Cefotetan. Inform your doctor if you are taking any drugs other than Cefotetan including over the counter prescriptions such as vitamins, herbal products and others.
Other Brand Names
In some countries Cefotetan may also be known as: