Generic Name: Ceftriaxone

  • What is Ceftriaxone?

    Ceftriaxone is an antibiotic used to treat certain bacterial infections of the lower respiratory (lung), urinary, or genital tract; and ear, skin, blood, bone, joint, abdomen, or central nervous system (CNS) infections. Ceftriaxone is also used before surgery to prevent infections. It may also be used to treat other bacterial infections, as determined by your doctor. This medicine can be administered intravenously (through a vein in your arm) or intramuscularly (injected into the muscle).

  • What is the most important information I should know about Ceftriaxone?

    Do not receive ceftriaxone if you are allergic to it, any of its ingredients, or similar antibiotics (such as cefazolin, cefaclor, or cefotetan). If you are allergic to penicillin antibiotics, it is possible for you to have an allergic reaction to this medication. Tell your doctor immediately if you receive ceftriaxone and feel signs of an allergic reaction (such as rash, swelling, or difficulty breathing).

    Ceftriaxone can cause diarrhea or colitis (inflammation of the colon). This can occur a couple of months after receiving the last dose of ceftriaxone. Tell your doctor immediately if you have diarrhea or colitis.

    Ceftriaxone can cause hemolytic anemia (destruction of red blood cells) and can change your blood clotting time. Your doctor will monitor your blood clotting time.

    Ceftriaxone can cause problems with your gallbladder. This problem is usually temporary and reversible when treatment is stopped. Also, pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas) can develop in patients with underlying biliary problems.

  • Who should not take Ceftriaxone?

    Your doctor will not administer ceftriaxone to you if you are allergic to it, any of its ingredients, or similar antibiotics; or to treat viral infections, such as the common cold.

  • What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Ceftriaxone?

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with ceftriaxone. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have allergies; kidney, liver, or gallbladder problems; blood clotting problems; stomach or intestinal diseases; colitis; pancreatitis; or anemia.

  • What is the usual dosage?

    The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.

    Adults: Your doctor will administer the appropriate dose for you based on the type and severity of your infection.

    Children: Your doctor will administer the appropriate dose for your child, based on their weight or the type and severity of their infection.

  • How should I take Ceftriaxone?

    Your doctor will administer ceftriaxone for you in a hospital or clinic setting.

  • What should I avoid while taking Ceftriaxone?

    Do not miss your scheduled follow-up appointments with your doctor.

  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Ceftriaxone?

    If ceftriaxone is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining ceftriaxone with calcium-containing medicines.

  • What are the possible side effects of Ceftriaxone?

    Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.

    Side effects may include: allergic reactions, blood disorders, diarrhea, dizziness, flushing, headache, inflammation of your vagina, kidney or liver problems, nausea, pain, rash, sweating, vomiting

  • Can I receive Ceftriaxone if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    The effects of ceftriaxone during pregnancy are unknown. Ceftriaxone can be found in your breast milk if you receive it during breastfeeding. Tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of Ceftriaxone?

    Ceftriaxone should be given under special circumstances as determined by your doctor.

  • How should I store Ceftriaxone?

    Your doctor will store this medication for you.