Generic Name: Cefotetan (SEF-oh-TEE-tan)Brand Name: Generic only. No brands available.

Cefotetan is used for:

Treating bacterial infections or preventing bacterial infections before, during, or after certain surgeries.

Cefotetan is a cephalosporin antibiotic. It works by killing sensitive bacteria.

Do NOT use Cefotetan if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Cefotetan or to any other cephalosporin (eg, cephalexin)
  • you have a history of a certain type of anemia (hemolytic anemia) caused by a cephalosporin

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

Before using Cefotetan :

Some medical conditions may interact with Cefotetan . Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
  • if you have had a severe allergic reaction (eg, severe rash, hives, difficulty breathing, dizziness) to a penicillin (eg, amoxicillin) or other beta-lactam antibiotic (eg, imipenem)
  • if you have a history of stomach or bowel problems (eg, inflammation), blood clotting or bleeding problems, kidney or liver problems, anemia, or cancer
  • if you have poor nutrition

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Cefotetan . Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:

  • Aminoglycosides (eg, tobramycin) because the risk of kidney problems may be increased
  • Anticoagulants (eg, warfarin) or heparin because the risk of bleeding may be increased
  • Typhoid vaccine because its effectiveness may be decreased by Cefotetan

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Cefotetan may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use Cefotetan :

Use Cefotetan as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Cefotetan is usually given as an injection at your doctor's office, hospital, or clinic. If you will be using Cefotetan at home, a health care provider will teach you how to use it. Be sure you understand how to use Cefotetan . Follow the procedures you are taught when you use a dose. Contact your health care provider if you have any questions.
  • Do not use Cefotetan if it contains particles, is cloudy or discolored, or if the vial is cracked or damaged.
  • To clear up your infection completely, use Cefotetan for the full course of treatment. Keep using it even if you feel better in a few days.
  • Keep this product, as well as syringes and needles, out of the reach of children and pets. Do not reuse needles, syringes, or other materials. Ask your health care provider how to dispose of these materials after use. Follow all local rules for disposal.
  • If you miss a dose of Cefotetan , use it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not use 2 doses at once.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Cefotetan .

Important safety information:

  • Do not drink alcohol while you are using Cefotetan and for 3 days (72 hours) after your last dose. A reaction that includes flushing, sweating, headache, and fast heartbeat may occur.
  • Cefotetan only works against bacteria; it does not treat viral infections (eg, the common cold).
  • Be sure to use Cefotetan for the full course of treatment. If you do not, the medicine may not clear up your infection completely. The bacteria could also become less sensitive to this or other medicines. This could make the infection harder to treat in the future.
  • Long-term or repeated use of Cefotetan may cause a second infection. Tell your doctor if signs of a second infection occur. Your medicine may need to be changed to treat this.
  • If severe diarrhea or stomach pain or cramping develop during treatment or within several months after treatment with Cefotetan , check with your doctor or pharmacist right away. Do not treat it with nonprescription (over-the-counter) medicines.
  • Cefotetan may reduce the ability of your blood to clot. Avoid activities that may cause bruising or injury. Tell your doctor if you have unusual bruising or bleeding. Tell your doctor if you have dark, tarry, or bloody stools.
  • Diabetes patients - Cefotetan may cause the results of some tests for urine glucose to be wrong. Ask your doctor before you change your diet or the dose of your diabetes medicine.
  • Cefotetan may interfere with certain lab tests. Be sure your doctor and lab personnel know you are using Cefotetan .
  • Lab tests, including blood tests and kidney function, may be performed while you use Cefotetan . These tests may be used to monitor your condition or check for side effects. Be sure to keep all doctor and lab appointments.
  • Use Cefotetan with caution in the ELDERLY; they may be more sensitive to its effects.
  • Cefotetan should be used with extreme caution in CHILDREN; safety and effectiveness in children have not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using Cefotetan while you are pregnant. Cefotetan is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use Cefotetan , check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of Cefotetan :

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Mild diarrhea.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); black or bloody stools; decreased urination; fever, chills, or sore throat; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin; seizures; severe diarrhea, nausea, or vomiting; stomach pain or cramps; swelling or pain at the injection site; unusual bruising or bleeding; unusual tiredness or weakness; vaginal itching, odor, or discharge; yellowing of the skin or eyes.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center (http://www.aapcc.org), or emergency room immediately. Symptoms may include seizures.

Proper storage of Cefotetan :

Cefotetan is usually handled and stored by a health care provider. If you are using Cefotetan at home, store Cefotetan as directed by your pharmacist or health care provider. Keep Cefotetan out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Cefotetan , please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Cefotetan is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.

This information is a summary only. It does not contain all information about Cefotetan . If you have questions about the medicine you are taking or would like more information, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.

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