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In the US, Cefotaxime (cefotaxime systemic) is a member of the drug class third generation cephalosporins and is used to treat Bacteremia, Bone infection, Cesarean Section, CNS Infection, Endometritis, Epiglottitis, Gonococcal Infection - Disseminated, Gonococcal Infection - Uncomplicated, Intraabdominal Infection, Joint Infection, Kidney Infections, Lyme Disease, Lyme Disease - Arthritis, Lyme Disease - Carditis, Lyme Disease - Neurologic, Meningitis, Pelvic Inflammatory Disease, Peritonitis, Pneumonia, Salmonella Gastroenteritis, Sepsis, Septicemia, Skin or Soft Tissue Infection, Surgical Prophylaxis and Urinary Tract Infection.

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ATC (Anatomical Therapeutic Chemical Classification)


CAS registry number (Chemical Abstracts Service)


Chemical Formula


Molecular Weight


Therapeutic Category

Antibacterial: Cephalosporin

Chemical Name

(6R,7R)-7-[2-(2-Amino-4-tiazolyl)glyoxylamido]-3-(hydroxymetyl)-8-oxo-5-tia-1-azabicyclo[4.2.0]oct-2-ene-2-carboxylic acid alpha-(O-metyloxime), acetate (ester)

Foreign Names

Generic Names

  • Cefotaxima (OS: DCIT)
  • Cefotaxime (OS: BAN, JAN)
  • Céfotaxime (OS: DCF)
  • RU 24662 (IS)
  • Cefotaxime Sodium (OS: USAN, BANM, JAN)
  • CTX (IS)
  • HR 756 (IS)
  • RU 24756 (IS)
  • Céfotaxime sodique (PH: Ph. Eur. 8)
  • Cefotaxime Sodium (PH: BP 2016, JP XVI, USP 38)
  • Cefotaxime sodium (PH: Ph. Eur. 8)
  • Cefotaxim-Natrium (PH: Ph. Eur. 8)
  • Cefotaximum natricum (PH: Ph. Eur. 8)

Brand Names


BANBritish Approved Name
BANMBritish Approved Name (Modified)
DCFDénomination Commune Française
DCITDenominazione Comune Italiana
ISInofficial Synonym
JANJapanese Accepted Name
OSOfficial Synonym
PHPharmacopoeia Name
Rec.INNRecommended International Nonproprietary Name (World Health Organization)
USANUnited States Adopted Name

Further information on drug naming conventions: International Nonproprietary Names.

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