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Ceftriaxone

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Ceftriaxone is used to treat various bacterial infections such as infection of t...
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    Uses
    Contraindications
    Side effects
    Precautions and Warnings
    Mode of Action
    Interactions
    FAQs
    References
uses

Uses of Ceftriaxone

Ceftriaxone is used for the treatment of bacterial infection of the brain, lungs, airways, stomach, urinary tract, bone, joints, blood, skin and soft tissues.
contraindications

Contraindications of Ceftriaxone

When should one not use Ceftriaxone

  • If you are allergic to ceftriaxone or similar medicines like antibiotics from class cephalosporin, penicillins, monobactams and carbapenems.
  • It should not be used in premature babies, newborns suffering from jaundice or receiving calcium intravenously.
sideEffects

Side effects of Ceftriaxone

Common side effects of this drug are:

  • Diarrhoea
  • Skin rashes
  • Irregular blood cell count
  • Injection site pain
precautionsAndWarnings

Precautions and Warnings of Ceftriaxone

pregnancy

Pregnancy

Q:
Can I take Ceftriaxone during pregnancy?
A:
Ceftriaxone should be taken during pregnancy only if considered essential by the doctor and potential risks justify the benefits.
breastfeeding

Breast Feeding

Q:
Can I take Ceftriaxone while breastfeeding?
A:
Consult a doctor before using Ceftriaxone while breastfeeding as it passes into breast milk in small quantities. However, the baby should be closely monitored for the side effects such as diarrhoea, thrush or fungal infection of the mouth.
driving

Driving

Q:
Can I drive if I have taken Seftriaxone?
A:
Ceftriaxone may cause dizziness, thus you need to be cautious while driving.
alcohol

Alcohol

Q:
Can I consume alcohol with Ceftriaxone?
A:
Avoid consuming alcohol with Ceftriaxone, as it may worsen the side effects.
otherGeneralWarnings

Other General Warnings

Talk to your doctor if
  • You have problems with your kidney or liver.
  • You have stomach disease or you have experienced diarrhoea after taking antibiotics.
  • You have inflammation or swelling in any part of your bowel.
  • You are suffering from gallstones (stones in the gallbladder), anaemia (decreased red blood cells).
  • You have taken any medicine or supplement containing calcium recently.
  • You are on a low sodium diet.
  • Before using ceftriaxone in children, let the doctor know if your child has been given a product containing calcium into their vein.
  • Let the doctor or the laboratory person know that you are using Ceftriaxone while going for a lab test, as it may interfere with the lab tests.
modeOfAction

Mode of Action of Ceftriaxone

How Does It Work?

Ceftriaxone works by stopping the formation of the cell wall of the bacteria and thus killing the bacteria which causes infection.
interactions

Interactions of Ceftriaxone

Interactions with other medicines

  • Some medicines can affect the way ceftriaxone works or this medicine itself can reduce the effectiveness of other medicines taken at the same time.
  • Tell your doctor about all the medicines, supplements or herbals you are currently taking or might take to avoid any possible interactions.
  • Especially, if you are taking medicines to treat your high blood pressure, heart problems, high/abnormal cholesterol levels or are taking blood thinners, anti-infectives, anti-diabetics, anti-asthmati...
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  • Blood thinners can increase the risk of bleeding. Hence, inform your doctor about it.

Content Details

WRITTEN BY
doctor

Dr. Mansi Savla

B.Pharm, PharmD

REVIEWED BY
doctor

Dr. Ritu Budania

MBBS, MD (Pharmacology)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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Q: In which all dosage forms is Ceftriaxone available?

A: Ceftriaxone is available in the form of tablet, syrup, injection and dry syrup.

Q: Does Ceftriaxone cause diarrhoea?

A: Ceftriaxone may cause diarrhoea as a side effect.
Last Updated on: 24 Nov 2021 | 10:17 AM (IST)

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