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Patients should be counseled that antibacterial drugs, including CEFOTAN (cefotetan) , should only be used to treat bacterial infections. They do not treat viral infections (eg, the common cold). When CEFOTAN (cefotetan) is prescribed to treat a bacterial infection, patients should be told that although it is common to feel better early in the course of therapy, the medication should be taken exactly as directed. Skipping doses or not completing the full course of therapy may (1) decrease the effectiveness of the immediate treatment, and (2) increase the likelihood that bacteria will develop resistance and will not be treatable by CEFOTAN (cefotetan) or other antibacterial drugs in the future.
As with some other cephalosporins, a disulfiram-like reaction characterized by flushing, sweating, headache, and tachycardia may occur when alcohol (beer, wine, etc.) is ingested within 72 hours after CEFOTAN (cefotetan) administration. Patients should be cautioned about the ingestion of alcoholic beverages following the administration of CEFOTAN (cefotetan) .
Last reviewed on RxList: 1/29/2005
This monograph has been modified to include the generic and brand name in many instances.
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