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Cefotan is a second-generation cephalosporin antibiotic used for the treatment of bacterial infections. It appeared on the US market in 1977 and soon, other countries followed. Cefotan is available under several brand names including Ceftin, Zinnat, and Shincef.

Cefotan kills bacteria and stops it from wreaking havoc on your health. It is used against infections in the respiratory tract, ear, throat, sinus, urinary system and skin. Patients with gonorrhoea, Lyme disease, and bronchitis will also benefit from this medicament. Cefotan is an effective treatment and an effective prevention therapy. Physicians sometimes use Cefotan prior to an operation to prevent infections.

Cefotan is not for patients allergic to any of its active ingredients. It is also not for people with kidney disease. Inherited blood disorders and other prescription and non-prescription medicines taken in conjunction with Cefotan may cause adverse reactions. It is best to take precautions before using this medicament.

Pregnant women must be careful when using this medicine. Some feel that it may cause fetal harm so ask your physician before taking any medicaments. Lactating mothers should take precautions with medicaments also. Many medicines pass on to the child through the breast milk so it is important to know whether it will cause harm to the infant or not. Care must be observed with all medicaments.

Cefotan is taken orally and is available in a liquid suspension or pills. It must be taken at regular intervals for the specified period of time. The liquid suspension is taken with food while the pill can be taken with or without food. Either way, taking Cefotan with food is advisable to reduce potential side effects and give you a better chance to see results right away. Cefotan is better absorbed by the body when taken with food.

Maintaining a regular dosing schedule is important to the effectiveness of the medicament. Certain levels of the medicine should be maintained in your body for a specific period to be efficient in eliminating the bacteria. Do not stop taking Cefotan even if your conditions improve. The bacteria may be alive even if you no longer feel the discomfort of infection. You must not continue taking Cefotan beyond the prescribed duration. If your symptoms continue after you have fulfilled the prescription, seek advice from your physician before deciding on your next step.

Causes for alarm that should bring you to the physician's office immediately include stomach pains, vomiting, and diarrhea, which may occur during treatment but these should be mild or moderate only. If you experience a severe episode of any of these side effects, call your physician immediately, especially if they come with breathing difficulty, vaginal infections or hives.

Cefotan has the following structural formula:

Chemical structure of cefotan

• Molecular formula of cefotan is C16H16N4O8S
• Chemical IUPAC Name is 4-(carbamoyloxymethyl)-8-[2-(2-furyl)-2-methoxyimino-acetyl]amino- 7-oxo-2-thia-6-azabicyclo[4.2.0]oct-4-ene-5-carboxylic acid
• Molecular weight is 424.386 g/mol
Cefotan available : 250mg tablets, 500mg tablets

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