- Kidney disease, such as kidney failure (renal failure)
- An allergy to cephalosporin or penicillin antibiotics
- Any other allergies, including to foods, dyes, or preservatives.
- Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant (see Cefotan and Pregnancy)
- Breastfeeding (see Cefotan and Breastfeeding).
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about all other medications you are taking, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
(Click Precautions and Warnings With Cefotetan to learn more, including information on who should not use the drug.)
How Does It Work?
Cefotetan 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). Cefotetan works by stopping bacteria from making cell walls, which eventually causes the bacteria to die.
Cephalosporins are related to penicillin medications. Cefotetan is usually classified as a "second-generation" cephalosporin.
When and How to Use This Medicine
Some general considerations to keep in mind during treatment with cefotetan 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.