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Rocephin Patient Information including How Should I Take
In this Article
- What is ceftriaxone (Rocephin)?
- What are the possible side effects of ceftriaxone (Rocephin)?
- What is the most important information I should know about ceftriaxone (Rocephin)?
- What should I discuss with my health care provider before using ceftriaxone (Rocephin)?
- How should I use ceftriaxone (Rocephin)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (Rocephin)?
- What happens if I overdose (Rocephin)?
- What should I avoid while using ceftriaxone (Rocephin)?
- What other drugs will affect ceftriaxone (Rocephin)?
- Where can I get more information?
What should I discuss with my health care provider before using ceftriaxone (Rocephin)?
Do not use this medication if you are allergic to ceftriaxone, or to other cephalosporin antibiotics, such as:
- cefaclor (Raniclor);
- cefadroxil (Duricef);
- cefazolin (Ancef);
- cefdinir (Omnicef);
- cefditoren (Spectracef);
- cefpodoxime (Vantin);
- cefprozil (Cefzil);
- ceftibuten (Cedax);
- cefuroxime (Ceftin);
- cephalexin (Keflex); or
- cephradine (Velosef).
To make sure you can safely use ceftriaxone, tell your doctor if you have any of these other conditions:
- kidney disease (or if you are on dialysis);
- liver disease;
- gallbladder disease;
- a stomach or intestinal disorder such as colitis;
- if you are malnourished; or
- if you are allergic to penicillin.
FDA pregnancy category B. Ceftriaxone is not expected to harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment.
Ceftriaxone can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
Do not use ceftriaxone in a child without a doctor's advice, and never give more than the child's prescribed dose. Ceftriaxone should never be used in a newborn with jaundice.
How should I use ceftriaxone (Rocephin)?
Use exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. Follow the directions on your prescription label.
Ceftriaxone is injected into a muscle, or into a vein through an IV. You may be shown how to use an IV at home. Do not self-inject this medicine if you do not fully understand how to give the injection and properly dispose of used needles, IV tubing, and other items used to inject the medicine.
Ceftriaxone must be given slowly, and the IV infusion can take at least 30 minutes to complete.
You may need to mix ceftriaxone with a liquid (diluent) before using it. If you are using the injections at home, be sure you understand how to properly mix and store the medication. Use only the diluent your doctor has recommended.
After mixing your medicine, you will need to use it within a certain number of hours or days. This will depend on the diluent and how you store the mixture (at room temperature, in a refrigerator, or frozen). Carefully follow the mixing and storage instructions provided with your medicine. Ask your pharmacist if you have questions.
Do not mix ceftriaxone in the same injection with other antibiotics, or with any diluent that contains calcium, including a TPN (total parenteral nutrition) solution.
If you use other injectable medications, be sure to flush your intravenous catheter between injections of each medication.
Use this medicine for the full prescribed length of time. Your symptoms may improve before the infection is completely cleared. Skipping doses may also increase your risk of further infection that is resistant to antibiotics. Ceftriaxone will not treat a viral infection such as the common cold or flu.
This medication can cause unusual results with certain lab tests for glucose (sugar) in the urine. Tell any doctor who treats you that you are using ceftriaxone.
Store unmixed ceftriaxone powder at room temperature, away from moisture, heat, and light.
If your medicine was provided in a frozen form or was frozen after mixing, thaw it in a refrigerator or at room temperature. Do not warm in a microwave or boiling water. Use the medicine as soon as possible after thawing it. Do not refreeze.
Additional Rocephin Information
- Rocephin Drug Interactions Center: ceftriaxone iv
- Rocephin Side Effects Center
- Rocephin Overview including Precautions
- Rocephin FDA Approved Prescribing Information including Dosage
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