Rocephin vs. Ceftin

Are Rocephin and Ceftin the Same Thing?

Rocephin (ceftriaxone sodium) and Ceftin (cefuroxime) are cephalosporin antibiotics used to treat many kinds of bacterial infections.

Rocephin is also used to treat severe or life-threatening infections such as meningitis.

What Are Possible Side Effects of Rocephin?

Common side effects of Rocephin include:

  • injection site reactions (swelling, redness, pain, a hard lump, or soreness),
  • loss of appetite,
  • nausea,
  • vomiting,
  • upset stomach,
  • diarrhea,
  • headache,
  • dizziness,
  • overactive reflexes,
  • pain or swelling in your tongue,
  • sweating, or
  • vaginal itching or discharge.

What Are Possible Side Effects of Ceftin?

Common side effects of Ceftin include:

  • diarrhea
  • dizziness
  • headache
  • drowsiness
  • itching/swelling
  • rash
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • abdominal pain
  • stomach upset
  • gas
  • headache
  • itching or rash
  • hives
  • cough
  • stuffy nose
  • stiff or tight muscles
  • muscle pain
  • joint pain or swelling
  • restlessness
  • irritability
  • hyperactivity
  • vaginal itching or discharge
  • unusual or unpleasant taste in the mouth
  • white patches or sores in the mouth, and
  • diaper rash (in infants taking liquid cefuroxime).

Tell your doctor if you experience serious side effects of Ceftin including watery or bloody diarrhea, fever, chills, body aches, flu symptoms, chest pain, fast or pounding heartbeats, unusual bleeding, blood in your urine or dark colored urine, seizure (convulsions), confusion, weakness, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes), severe blistering/peeling/red skin rash, bruising, severe tingling, numbness, pain, muscle weakness, increased thirst, loss of appetite, swelling, weight gain, shortness of breath, painful or difficult urination, or urinating less than usual or not at all.

What Is Rocephin?

Rocephin (ceftriaxone sodium) for Injection is a cephalosporin antibiotic used to treat many kinds of bacterial infections, including severe or life-threatening forms such as meningitis. Rocephin is available in generic form.

What Is Ceftin?

Ceftin (cefuroxime) is a cephalosporin antibiotic. Ceftin is available as a generic drug and is prescribed to treat infections with susceptible bacteria including skin and middle ear infections, tonsillitis, throat infections, laryngitis, bronchitis, pneumonia, urinary tract infections, and gonorrhea.

What Drugs Interact With Rocephin?

Tell your doctor all prescription and over-the-counter medications and supplements you use. During pregnancy, Rocephin should be used only if prescribed. This medication passes into breast milk and may have undesirable effects on a nursing infant. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

What Drugs Interact With Ceftin?

Drug interactions with Ceftin include vaccines (for example, typhoid vaccine) and probenecid.

How Should Rocephin Be Taken?

The usual adult daily dose is 1 to 2 grams given once a day (or in equally divided doses twice a day) depending on the type and severity of infection. Pediatric dosing depends on the condition being treated and the child's weight. Other drugs may interact with Rocephin.

How Should Ceftin Be Taken?

Ceftin oral dose range in adults is from 125mg to 500mg twice daily for 7-10 days and dosage in children is usually weight based.


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