Rocephin

(ceftriaxone)

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Treats bacterial infections.

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Our bottom line

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.

Quick facts about ceftriaxone
  • Drug class: Infection
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (ceftriaxone)

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.
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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.
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How it works

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

Quick facts about ceftriaxone
  • Drug class: Infection
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (ceftriaxone)

Used for

Dosage forms

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

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  • Possible side effects
  • Diarrhea
  • Severe diarrhea (C. difficile)
  • Allergic reaction
  • Low blood count
  • Pancreas problems
  • Gallbladder problems
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Side effect rates for Rocephin (ceftriaxone)

  • High platelets
    5%5%
  • Diarrhea
    3%3%
  • Abnormal liver tests
    3%3%
  • Rash
    2%2%
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The placebo bar shows how common a side effect was for people taking a sugar pill instead of ceftriaxone.

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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.