Compare ceftriaxone vs. teflaro

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Rocephin (ceftriaxone)

Prescription only

Teflaro (ceftaroline)

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.

Teflaro (ceftaroline) only comes as an injectable and is usually only given in the hospital for serious bacterial infections.

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.
  • Teflaro (ceftaroline) is effective at treating serious bacterial infections of the skin and lungs.
  • It is able to kill bacteria that are resistant to other antibiotics.
  • Most people who take it usually have few side effects.
  • Fewer interactions with other drugs compared to similar medicines.
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.
  • Teflaro (ceftaroline) is not available as a generic.
  • It only comes as an injectable so it is usually only used in the hospital for serious bacterial infections. If you're getting it at home, a nurse might have to come to your house often to take blood tests while you take this medication.
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Dosage forms
  • Injection
  • 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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5possible side effects
  • Diarrhea
    8%
  • Rash
    7%
  • Vomiting
    5%
  • Nausea
    3%
  • Fever
    3%
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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
    • Allergy to penicillins, cephalosporins, carbapenems
  • Diarrhea
  • Diarrhea by C. difficile
  • Anemia
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