Prescription onlyLower-cost generic availableClass: Infection



Prescription onlyLower-cost generic availableClass: Infection
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Treats bacterial infections.

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Rocephin (ceftriaxone) is good for treating many bacterial infections, but it is only available as an injectable, so it is usually only used in a hospital or doctor's office.

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  • Rocephin (ceftriaxone) is available as a generic.
  • It is good at treating many types of bacterial infections.
  • People usually have few side effects when taking it.


  • Rocephin (ceftriaxone) is only available as an injectable.
  • If you have to take Rocephin (ceftriaxone) at home, your doctor will have to place a small tube into your skin, and either you or a nurse will inject the medicine.
  • If you're taking Rocephin (ceftriaxone) at home, you have to store it in the fridge, and a nurse might have to see you often to do blood tests.
  • You might not be able to use Rocephin (ceftriaxone) if you've had problems with your large intestine or gallbladder.
How it works

Rocephin (ceftriaxone) is an antibacterial. It kills bacteria by preventing them from making their own protective covering.

What to expect when you take Rocephin (ceftriaxone) for Bacterial infection

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Side effect rates for Rocephin (ceftriaxone)

  • High platelets
  • Diarrhea
  • Abnormal liver tests
  • Rash

Risks and Warnings for Rocephin (ceftriaxone)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • Allergic to antibiotics (penicillins, cephalosporins)

    Although rare, Rocephin (ceftriaxone) can cause a severe and life-threatening allergic reaction. Tell your doctor if you have allergies to any antibiotics, especially penicillins or cephalosporins. If you get a rash, itchy skin, hives, difficulty breathing, or swelling of your face or mouth while taking Rocephin (ceftriaxone), talk to your doctor or go to the emergency room right away.