Cefotetan injection is used to treat infections of the lungs, skin, bones, joints, stomach area, blood, female reproductive organs, and urinary tract. Cefotetan injection is also used before surgery to prevent infections. Cefotetan injection is in a class of medications called cephalosporin antibiotics. It works by killing bacteria.
Antibiotics such as cefotetan injection will not work for colds, flu, or other viral infections. Using antibiotics when they are not needed increases your risk of getting an infection later that resists antibiotic treatment.
Side Effects Of Cefotetan Injection
Cefotetan injection may cause side effects. Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away:
- redness, pain, or swelling at the injection site
Some side effects can be serious. If you experience any of these symptoms, call your doctor immediately:
- shortness of breath
- fast heartbeat
- pale skin
- extreme tiredness
- watery or bloody stools, stomach cramps, or fever during treatment or for up to two or more months after stopping treatment
- unusual bleeding or bruising
- skin rash
- difficulty breathing or swallowing
- swelling of the throat or tongue
- a return of fever, sore throat, chills, or other signs of infection
Cefotetan injection may cause other side effects. Call your doctor if you have any unusual problems while using this medication.
Warnings & Precautions
Before using cefotetan injection:
- tell your doctor and pharmacist if you are allergic to cefotetan injection; other cephalosporin antibiotics such as cefaclor, cefadroxil (Duricef),cefazolin (Ancef), cefdinir (Omnicef), cefditoren (Spectracef), cefepime (Maxipime), cefixime (Suprax), cefotaxime (Claforan), cefoxitin, cefpodoxime (Vantin), cefprozil (Cefzil), ceftaroline (Teflaro), ceftazidime (Fortaz), ceftibuten (Cedax), ceftriaxone (Rocephin), cefuroxime (Ceftin, Zinacef), and cephalexin (Keflex); penicillins; or any other medications.
- tell your doctor and pharmacist what other prescription and nonprescription medications, vitamins, nutritional supplements, and herbal products you are taking or plan to take. Be sure to mention any of the following: aminoglycoside antibiotics such as amikacin, gentamicin, kanamycin, neomycin, streptomycin, and tobramycin. and anticoagulants (‘blood thinners’) such as warfarin (Coumadin). Your doctor may need to change the doses of your medications or monitor you carefully for side effects.
- tell your doctor if you have or have ever had hemolytic anemia (a condition where a low number of red blood cells occurs because the cells are being destroyed in the body). Your doctor may tell you not to use this medication.
- tell your doctor if you have or have ever had cancer; gastrointestinal disease (GI; affecting the stomach or intestines), especially colitis (a condition that causes swelling in the lining of the colon [large intestine]); or gallbladder, kidney, or liver disease.
- tell your doctor if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding. If you become pregnant while taking cefotetan injection, call your doctor.
- remember you should not drink alcoholic beverages while using cefotetan injection and for 3 days after receiving the injection. Drinking alcohol during this time period may cause headache, fast heartbeat, sweating, and flushing (redness of the face).
Cefotetan Injection Dosage
Cefotetan injection comes as a powder to be added to fluid and injected intravenously (into a vein) or it can be injected into a large muscle. The medication is also available as a premixed product to be injected intravenously. It is usually given every 12 or 24 hours. You may receive cefotetan injection in a hospital or you may administer the medication at home. If you will be receiving cefotetan injection at home, your healthcare provider will show you how to use the medication. Be sure that you understand these directions, and ask your healthcare provider if you have any questions.
You should begin to feel better during the first few days of treatment with cefotetan injection. If your symptoms do not improve or get worse, call your doctor.
Use this medication until you finish the prescription, even if you feel better. If you stop using cefotetan injection too soon or skip doses, your infection may not be completely treated and the bacteria may become resistant to antibiotics.
Keep all appointments with your doctor and the laboratory. Your doctor may order certain lab tests to check your body’s response to cefotetan injection.
Before having any laboratory test, tell your doctor and the laboratory personnel that you are using cefotetan injection.
If you are diabetic and test your urine for sugar, use Clinistix or TesTape (not Clinitest) to test your urine while taking this medication.
It is important for you to keep a written list of all of the prescription and nonprescription (over-the-counter) medicines you are taking, as well as any products such as vitamins, minerals, or other dietary supplements. You should bring this list with you each time you visit a doctor or if you are admitted to a hospital. It is also important information to carry with you in case of emergencies.
All information has been provided courtesy of MedLinePlus from the National Library of Medicine and from the FDA.