What Is Cefotetan Used For?

Cefotetan is licensed to treat pneumonia, bladder infections, and certain other infections caused by specific bacteria. This prescription drug is also effective at preventing certain infections that may occur due to surgery. In some situations, cefotetan may be used for off-label (unapproved) reasons, such as to treat or prevent other types of infections.

An Overview of Uses for Cefotetan

Cefotetan (Cefotan®) is a prescription antibiotic typically used in hospitals or other similar settings. It is given intravenously (by IV) or by intramuscular (IM) injection.
Cefotetan is approved for treating the following types of infections:
  • Urinary tract infections (UTIs), such as a bladder infection or kidney infection
  • Lower respiratory tract infections, such as pneumonia
  • Skin and skin structure infections
  • Gynecologic infections
  • Intra-abdominal infections.
Cefotetan is approved for treating the above infections only when they are caused by certain types of bacteria. Not all bacteria will respond to cefotetan.
Also, bacteria have different resistance patterns in different regions in the country. This means that some bacteria may be susceptible to cefotetan in certain parts of the country but not in others. Cefotetan is completely ineffective for treating viral illnesses, such as the common cold or the flu.
In some situations, your healthcare provider may perform certain tests to see if your particular infection is susceptible or resistant to cefotetan. In other situations, your healthcare provider may decide to try cefotetan without such tests, especially for infections that are not severe.
Cefotetan is also given to prevent infections in people who are undergoing certain types of surgery. Some surgeries are more likely to result in infections, compared to others; however, not all surgeries require a preventive antibiotic.

Cefotetan Drug Information

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