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Rocephin

What is Rocephin

Rocephin is an antibiotic in a class of drugs called cephalosporins. Rocephin fights bacteria in the body.

Rocephin is used to treat many different types of bacterial infections such as bronchitis, pneumonia, blood infections, bone and joint infections, meningitis, abdominal infections, skin infections, ear infections, gonorrhea, pelvic inflammatory disease, and urinary tract infections.

Rocephin may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.

General medical information about Rocephin

If you are injecting Rocephin at home, your healthcare provider will give you detailed instructions on how and where to inject the medication. If you do not understand these directions, do not attempt to inject the medication. Contact your healthcare provider for further instructions.

What you should discuss with your doctor before using Rocephin

Do not use Rocephin if you have ever had an allergic reaction to another cephalosporin or to a penicillin without first talking to your doctor.

Before using Rocephin, tell your doctor if you have:
- kidney disease;
- liver disease;
- bleeding or blood clotting problems;
- gallbladder problems; or
- a gastrointestinal (digestive) disease such as colitis.

You may not be able to use Rocephin, or you may require a dosage adjustment or special monitoring during treatment if you have any of the conditions listed above.

Rocephin is in the FDA pregnancy category B. This means that it is not expected to be harmful to an unborn baby. Do not, however, use Rocephin without first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant or could become pregnant during treatment.

Rocephin passes into breast milk and may affect a nursing baby. Do not take this medication without first talking to your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

How should you use Rocephin

Rocephin will be administered by a healthcare provider intravenously (into a vein) or intramuscularly (into a muscle).

If you are injecting Rocephin at home, your healthcare provider will give you detailed instructions on how and where to inject the medication. If you do not understand these directions, do not attempt to inject the medication. Contact your healthcare provider for further instructions.

Dispose of used needles and syringes in a puncture resistant container out of the reach of children.

Your healthcare provider will store Rocephin as directed by the manufacturer or give you detailed storage instructions if you are storing the medication at home.

If you miss a dose:

Since Rocephin is most often administered by a healthcare provider, missing a dose is usually not a problem.

What happens if you overdose:

Since Rocephin is most often administered by a healthcare provider, an overdose is unlikely to occur. Contact your doctor or seek emergency medical attention if an overdose is suspected.

What should you avoid while using Rocephin

There are no restrictions on food, beverages, or activity during treatment with Rocephin unless otherwise directed by your doctor.

Possible side effects of Rocephin

If you experience any of the following rare but serious side effects, seek emergency medical attention or contact your doctor immediately:
- an allergic reaction (difficulty breathing; closing of the throat; swelling of the lips, face, or tongue; hives; or a rash);
- rash, redness, or itching;
- severe nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea;
- mucous or blood in the stool; or
- unusual bleeding or bruising.

Other, less serious side effects may be more likely to occur. Talk to your doctor if you experience
- mild nausea or diarrhea;
- yeast infection of the mouth or vagina; or
- pain or tenderness at the injection site.

Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome.

What other drugs will affect Rocephin

Before using Rocephin, tell your doctor if you are taking any of the following medicines
- probenecid (Benemid);
- a loop diuretic (water pill) such as furosemide, bumetanide (Bumex), torsemide (Demadex), or ethacrynic acid (Edecrin);
- warfarin (Coumadin); or
- another antibiotic.

You may require a dosage adjustment or special monitoring during treatment if you are taking any of the medicines listed above.

Drugs other than those listed here may also interact with Rocephin. Talk to your doctor and pharmacist before taking any prescription or over-the-counter medicines, including vitamins, minerals, and herbal products.

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