Compare ceftriaxone vs. Ceftin

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Rocephin (ceftriaxone)

Prescription only
Treats bacterial infections.

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.

Treats bacterial infections.

Ceftin (cefuroxime axetil) is good for treating many bacterial infections, but be sure to take the full course without stopping so that the medication can work.

Upsides
  • 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.
  • Good at treating many types of bacterial infections.
  • Available in several different forms: pill, oral suspension, and injection.
  • Available in generic.
Downsides
  • 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.
  • Must take the liquid suspension with food.
  • Acid reducers can lower the effectiveness of Ceftin (cefuroxime axetil). Talk to your doctor if you are on acid reducers.
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Dosage forms
  • Injection
  • Pill
  • Oral suspension
  • Injection
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Side effects
4possible side effects
  • High platelets
    5%
  • Diarrhea
    3%
  • Abnormal liver tests
    3%
  • Rash
    2%
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The Ceftin (cefuroxime axetil) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
Risks and risk factors
  • Allergic reaction
    • Allergic to antibiotics (penicillins, cephalosporins)
  • Diarrhea
  • Low blood count
  • Gallbladder problems
    • History of gallbladder disease
    • Severe kidney problems
    • Child
  • Pancreas problems
    • Severe illness
    • Receiving TPN: nutrition given through a vein
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  • Allergic reaction
    • History of penicillin allergy
    • History of cephalosporin allergy
  • New infection
    • Taking Ceftin (cefuroxime axetil) for a long time
  • Diarrhea
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