Ceftriaxone is classified in the family of cephalosporin antibiotics; it works to kill bacteria. Ceftriaxone is prescribed by doctors for the treatment of many medical issues and conditions, the most common being pneumonia, lung infections, pelvic inflammatory disease, gonorrhea, meningitis, abdominal infections, urinary tract infections, infections of the blood, skin, bone, and joint. Ceftriaxone is also commonly given to surgical patients before surgery to prevent post-surgical infections. Additionally, ceftriaxone has been used in the treatment of many other medical conditions. Talk to your doctor about your options.
Ceftriaxone is an injectable medication. Healthcare providers will give patients injections within a healthcare facility. Ceftriaxone can be given intravenously or intramuscularly. If a physician prescribes ceftriaxone for at home use it is important that you understand how to use it properly. Your healthcare provider should provide you with specific training and instructions on how to administer ceftriaxone in your home. Do not skip doses. Use as directed.
Side effects are possible. If you are experiencing any of the following common side effects and they are getting worse or lingering contact your physician:
Other side effects have been experienced, monitor your condition closely and always seek medical help if you feel it is warranted.
Seek emergency medical assistance immediately if you experience any of the following serious side effects:
Other serious side effects are possible and the above is only a partial list. If you experience any side effects that you feel are concerning and serious it is always best to seek medical treatment immediately.
Ceftriaxone is contraindicated for patients with the following:
Anyone who is breast-feeding or planning to breast-feed, pregnant, or planning a pregnancy should have a full consultation with their doctor before using ceftriaxone.
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