cefotetan

cefotetan

Pronunciation: SEF oh TEE tan

Brand: Cefotan

What is the most important information I should know about cefotetan?

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You should not use this medication if you are allergic to cefotetan, or to similar antibiotics, such as Ceftin, Cefzil, Keflex, Omnicef, and others.

Before using this medication, tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs (especially penicillin). Also tell your doctor if you have kidney disease or a history of intestinal problems.

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Use this medicine for the full prescribed length of time. Your symptoms may improve before the infection is completely cleared. Skipping doses may also increase your risk of further infection that is resistant to antibiotics. Cefotetan will not treat a viral infection such as the common cold or flu.

Antibiotic medicines can cause diarrhea, which may be a sign of a new infection. If you have diarrhea that is watery or bloody, stop using cefotetan and call your doctor. Do not use anti-diarrhea medicine unless your doctor tells you to.

What is cefotetan?

Cefotetan is a cephalosporin (SEF a low spor in) antibiotic. It works by fighting bacteria in your body.

Cefotetan is used to treat many different types of infections caused by bacteria.

Cefotetan may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using cefotetan?

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You should not use this medication if you are allergic to cefotetan or to other cephalosporin antibiotics, such as:

  • cefaclor (Raniclor);
  • cefadroxil (Duricef);
  • cefazolin (Ancef);
  • cefditoren (Spectracef);
  • cefpodoxime (Vantin);
  • cefprozil (Cefzil);
  • ceftibuten (Cedax);
  • cefuroxime (Ceftin);
  • cephalexin (Keflex); or
  • cephradine (Velosef), and others.

To make sure you can safely use cefotetan, tell your doctor if you have any of these other conditions:

  • kidney disease (or if you are on dialysis);
  • a history of intestinal problems, such as colitis; or
  • if you are allergic to any drugs (especially penicillins).

FDA pregnancy category B. This medication is not expected to be harmful to an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment.

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Cefotetan can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

How is cefotetan given?

Use exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. Follow the directions on your prescription label.

Cefotetan is injected into a muscle or into a vein through an IV. You may be shown how to use injections at home. Do not self-inject this medicine if you do not fully understand how to give the injection and properly dispose of used needles, IV tubing, and other items used to inject the medicine.

Cefotetan is usually given once every 12 hours for 5 to 10 days. Follow your doctor's instructions very carefully.

If you are receiving this medication just before a surgery to prevent infection, you may receive only one dose.

You may need to mix cefotetan with a liquid (diluent) before using it. If you are using the injections at home, be sure you understand how to properly mix and store the medication. Use only the diluent your doctor has recommended.

After mixing your medicine, you will need to use it within a certain number of hours or days. This will depend on the diluent and how you store the mixture (at room temperature, in a refrigerator, or frozen). Carefully follow the mixing and storage instructions provided with your medicine. Ask your pharmacist if you have questions.

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This medication can cause unusual results with certain medical tests, including lab tests for glucose (sugar) in the urine. Tell any doctor who treats you that you are using cefotetan.

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Use this medicine for the full prescribed length of time. Your symptoms may improve before the infection is completely cleared. Skipping doses may also increase your risk of further infection that is resistant to antibiotics. Cefotetan will not treat a viral infection such as the common cold or flu.

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Store unmixed cefotetan powder at room temperature, away from moisture, heat, and light.

If your medicine was provided in a frozen form or was frozen after mixing, thaw it in a refrigerator or at room temperature. Do not warm in a microwave or boiling water. Use the medicine as soon as possible after thawing it. Do not refreeze.

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Do not use the medication if it looks cloudy or has any particles in it. Call your doctor for a new prescription.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Use the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not use extra medicine to make up the missed dose.

What happens if I overdose?

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Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.

Overdose symptoms may include severe forms of some of the side effects listed in this medication guide.

What should I avoid while using cefotetan?

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Drinking alcohol within 72 hours after using cefotetan can cause unpleasant side effects such as headache, sweating, fast heart rate, and flushing (warmth, redness, or tingly feeling).

Antibiotic medicines can cause diarrhea, which may be a sign of a new infection. If you have diarrhea that is watery or bloody, stop using cefotetan and call your doctor. Do not use anti-diarrhea medicine unless your doctor tells you to.

What are the possible side effects of cefotetan?

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Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

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Call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:

  • diarrhea that is watery or bloody;
  • chest pain;
  • fever, chills, body aches, flu symptoms;
  • easy bruising, unusual bleeding (nose, mouth, vagina, or rectum), purple or red pinpoint spots under your skin;
  • severe tingling, numbness, pain, muscle weakness;
  • seizure (convulsions);
  • pale skin, dark colored urine, fever, confusion or weakness;
  • jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes);
  • increased thirst, loss of appetite, swelling, weight gain, feeling short of breath, urinating less than usual or not at all; or
  • severe skin reaction -- fever, sore throat, swelling in your face or tongue, burning in your eyes, skin pain, followed by a red or purple skin rash that spreads (especially in the face or upper body) and causes blistering and peeling.

Less serious side effects may include:

  • nausea, vomiting;
  • stomach pain;
  • mild diarrhea;
  • vaginal itching or discharge; or
  • pain, swelling, redness, or bruising where the medicine was injected.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What other drugs will affect cefotetan?

Tell your doctor about all other medications you use, especially another injected antibiotic, such as:

  • amikacin (Amikin);
  • gentamicin (Garamycin);
  • kanamycin (Kantrex);
  • neomycin (Neo Fradin, Neo Tab);
  • paromomycin (Humatin, Paromycin);
  • streptomycin; or
  • tobramycin (Nebcin, Tobi).

This list is not complete and other drugs may interact with cefotetan. Tell your doctor about all medications you use. This includes prescription, over-the-counter, vitamin, and herbal products. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor.

Where can I get more information?

Your pharmacist can provide more information about cefotetan.


Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.

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