Rocephin Injection (Ceftriaxone)
Rocephin Injection (ceftriaxone) Dosage and Side Effects
ROCEPHIN is a third-generation cephalosporin antibiotic that's used to fight bacteria in your body. ROCEPHIN is administered through a vein (IV) or through a shot (muscle injection).
Proper Use of this medication
It's very important that ROCEPHIN is taken in the exact amounts and duration prescribed to avoid developing a new illness that is resistant to antibiotics.
All drugs have side effects. In the case of ROCEPHIN, some of the more common problems reported include swelling, redness, pain, or soreness at the injection site.
Warnings and Precautions
Never give any calcium-containing products by vein to a newborn under one month of age if the infant is also being given ROCEPHIN. Doing so could cause serious damage to the baby's vital organs.
ROCEPHIN is also not recommended for newborns with high bilirubin levels.
Before starting ROCEPHIN, it's key that you determine whether you might be allergic to it or similar antibiotics including:
- Cefuroxime axetil (Ceftin)
- Cefprozil (Cefzil)
- Cefaclor (Raniclor)
- Cefazolin (Ancef)
- Cefadroxil (Duricef)
- Cefditoren (Spectracef)
- Cefpodoxime (Vantin)
- Ceftibuten (Cedax)
- Cephalexin (Keflex)
- Cephradine (Velosef)
- Cefdinir (Omnicef)
If you're allergic to penicillin, it's possible that you will have an allergic reaction to ROCEPHIN.
Never use this medication if there is any chance of an allergic reaction without speaking to your doctor or pharmacist first.
A few months after you receive the last shot of ROCEPHIN you may get diarrhea or colitis.
If you get diarrhea while taking this medicine and you notice that it is watery or contains blood, call your doctor right away. Do not stop taking any medication without first speaking to your physician.
You might also develop hemolytic anemia, which destroys your red blood cells and could affect your blood's clotting time. Your doctor may monitor your blood clotting time while you're using this drug.
Taking ROCEPHIN could also cause gallbladder problems, which are usually temporary and reverse once treatment ends. Your pancreas might also become inflamed (pancreatitis), especially in you have underlying biliary problems.
Never stop taking ROCEPHIN until you have completed your entire dosing regimen. Quitting or stopping prematurely could put you at risk of a serious or life-threatening infection that might be resistant to antibiotics.
To help your doctor decide if ROCEPHIN is right for you, it's key that you give him/her a complete medical history, including the following conditions:
- Liver disease
- Kidney disease
- Gallbladder disease
- Stomach or intestinal disorder
- Inflamed colon
You should also tell your doctor about any blood clotting problems as well as whether you are malnourished.
ROCEPHIN and Pregnancy
It's unknown how ROCEPHIN affects pregnant women, so it's extremely important that you let your doctor know if you're pregnant or might become pregnant while on this medication.
If you take this medication while breastfeeding it will pass into your breast milk, so be sure to let your doctor know if you plan to breastfeed while using ROCEPHIN.
Interactions with this medication
A number of drugs are known to interact with ROCEPHIN, changing the way it works or increasing the possibility of serious side effects.
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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.