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Generic Name (active ingredient): Ceftriaxone
Ceftriaxone is a half-syntheric cephalosporin antibiotic for parenteral use. It is used in the treatment of many systemic infections caused by susceptible microorganisms: pneumonia, lung abscess, bronchiectasis, mastoiditis, otitis media, pylonephritis, gonorrhea, sepsis, meningitis, peritonitis, infections in patients with neutropenia and impaired immune system.
How does the medication work?
Ceftriaxone is a third-generation cephalosporin antibiotic for parenteral application. It is characterized by prolonged application. Bactericidal activity is associated with suppressing the synthesis of cellular membranes (bacterial cell wall). In vitro ceftriaxone possesses a broad spectrum of antibacterial activity against gram-negative and gram-positive microorganisms. Ceftriaxone is resistant to the most β-lactamases and acts on many strains resistant aminoglycosides and 2nd generation cephalosporins.
When Ceftriaxone is prescribed?
What should I know before taking Ceftriaxone?
Do not use this medication if you are allergic to Ceftriaxone or to any other medicines such as:
Do not take Ceftriaxone if any of the below conditions apply to you:
Before taking Ceftriaxone, tell your health care provider about any other medicines you take or if you have any of the following disorders:
Prolonged use may increase the risk of yest infection developing and overgrowth of susceptible strains
If you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or breastfeed, you should take Ceftriaxone only under a strict control of your doctor. Ceftriaxone belongs to a pregnancy category B meaning that safety of the medication in pregnant women has not been studied. Talk to your doctor about all risks and benefits of taking Ceftriaxone during pregnancy
How to take Ceftriaxone:
Ceftriaxone is available in the form of intravenous and intramuscular injectable solutions. Dosage of Ceftriaxone is prescribed individually by physician. Do not use diluents containing calcium, such as Ringer's solution or Hartmann's solution, to reconstitute Ceftriaxone vials or to further dilute a reconstituted vial for IV administration because a precipitate can form.
Take the entire amount of Ceftriaxone prescribed by your doctor, even if you feel better before the end of the treatment. If you stop taking medication too early, symptoms may return.
If you missed the scheduled dose, take the medication as soon as you remember, but skip the dose if it is almost the time for the following dose. Do not take two doses at once.
What are the side effects of Ceftriaxone?
Ceftriaxone may cause the following side effects:
In rare cases Ceftriaxone may cause: nausea, vomiting, headache, yeast infection, dizziness, chills, anemia, thrombocytopenia, sweating, enterocolitis, hematuria
If you experience any side effect that last long or becomes bothersome, please inform your doctor as dose adjustment or treatment discontinuation may be required.
Which are Ceftriaxone overdose symptoms?
If you overdose Ceftriaxone, seek immediate medical attention. Overdose symptoms include: diarrhea, local reactions. In case of overdose symptomatic treatment should be carried.
Which other medicines may affect Ceftriaxone?
Ceftriaxone may interact with the following groups of drugs:
For a complete list of possible interactions ask your doctor or pharmacist. Before taking Ceftriaxone, let your doctor know what other medicines, including OTC, you currently take.
How should I store Ceftriaxone?
You should store the medication at dry and protected from light place out of reach of children.