Rocephin (ceftriaxone [sef try ACK son]) is a cephalosporin antibiotic that treats infections caused by certain bacteria. It can be used to treat chronic bacterial prostatitis.
Inform your physician if you are allergic to any cephalosporin, penicillin, or other medications. Patients who are penicillin-sensitive should use this medication cautiously. Severe allergic reactions may require epinephrine. Anaphylactic reactions may cause fatalities.
Do not use diluents that contain calcium; Rocephin must not be used with calcium-containing IV solutions. Products containing any calcium may combine with Rocephin and result in severe accumulations in the lungs and kidneys.
Rocephin and other antibiotics may be associated with diarrhea that ranges from mild to fatal colitis. If Clostridium difficile associated diarrhea (CDAD) is suspected, you may need to stop using this medication. Consult your physician.
Using cephalosporin antibiotics such as Rocephin may result in hemolytic anemia. If you develop anemia while taking this medication, consult your physician immediately. Ceasing use of Rocephin may be necessary until the cause of the anemia can be established.
Do not use this medication to treat a viral infection, as it is unnecessary and will not work to clear the infection. It should only be used to treat bacterial infection.
Use of this medication and other antibiotics may cause excessive growth of fungi and other organisms. If an infection occurs as a result of this medication, medical attention and ceasing Rocephin treatment are necessary.
Rocephin may be associated with the increased risk of yeast infections.
Do not use Rocephin past its expiration date, as use of outdated Rocephin may result in severe side effects.
Be sure to know how you respond to Rocephin before driving, operating machinery, or performing any dangerous activity, as it may affect your ability to perform.
Rocephin may interact with the following medicines or types of medicines:
- Calcium-containing products
- Live bacterial vaccines
Why Is Rocephin Prescribed for Prostatitis?
Doctors may administer antibiotics such as Rocephin to treat chronic bacterial prostatitis to rid the body of infection.
How Should Rocephin Be Used?
Rocephin is administered intravenously or intramuscularly by a physician. It is a crystalline powder that is soluble in water, slightly soluble in methanol, and barely soluble in ethanol.
Standard adult dose is one to two grams daily. You may be given equally divided doses twice per day. Total daily dose should not surpass four grams.
Dose depends on the kind of infection and its severity. Your physician will administer the correct dose.
It is recommended for physicians to administer a single 1 gram dose to patients about to undergo certain types of surgeries to lessen the frequency of post-op infections.
Other Uses for Rocephin
Rocephin is used to treat certain bacterial infections, including:
- Lower respiratory tract infections
- Acute bacterial otitis media
- Skin infections
- Urinary tract infections
- Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
- Bacterial septicemia
- Bone and joint infections
- Intra-abdominal infections
- Bacterial meningitis
- Lyme disease
- Middle ear infection
- Staphylococcus infection
- Streptococcus infection
- Soft tissue infection
- Klebsiella infection
- Infectious bone disease
- Proteus infections
Do I Need to Follow Special Precautions?
Provide your physician with a medical history, especially with consideration for
- Gallbladder disease
- Kidney disease
- Liver disease
- Stomach or intestinal diseases
Discuss any allergies you have with your physician before taking Rocephin, especially allergies involving:
- Ingredients in Rocephin
- Other cephalosporins
- Any other antibiotics
Roughly 10% of those allergic to penicillins may be allergic to this medication as well.
Inform your physician if you are planning to have any surgeries during the course of treatment with this medication.
Inform your physician of any products you are currently taking, including prescription and nonprescription medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Rocephin may interact with certain products.
Do I Need to Follow a Special Diet When Taking Rocephin?
Continue your normal diet unless otherwise directed by your physician.
What If I Forget a Dose?
If a dose is missed, use the medication as soon as you remember. However, if nearing the time when you are supposed to administer the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your regular schedule. If a dose is missed, do not double the dose.
Are There Side Effects When Taking Rocephin for Prostatitis?
Inform your physician promptly if you experience any of the following side effects:
- Swelling, redness, or pain at injection site
- Loss of appetite
- Bloody, tarry, or clay-colored stools
- Abdominal pain or cramping
- Chills, fever, or other flu-like symptoms
- Chest pain or tightness
- Difficulty urinating or pain while urinating
- Sore throat
- Ulcers in the mouth
- Swollen glands
- Abnormal bleeding or bruising
- Abnormal weakness or sleepiness
- Back, side, or leg pain
- Bleeding gums
- Bloody nose
- Skin color changes
- Dark urine
- Pounding or irregular heartbeat
- Elevated sweating
- Elevated thirst
- Joint inflammation
- Achy muscles
- Swelling of eyes, face, or tongue
- Bad breath
- Abnormal weight loss
- Painful intercourse
Inform your physician immediately if you experience any symptoms of an allergic reaction while taking Rocephin, including:
- Itchy skin
- Throat swelling
- Breathing difficulties
Does Rocephin Have Special Storage Instructions?
This sterile powder should be stored at room temperature or lower away from light. Keep away from children or pets.
What Do I Do in the Case of an Accidental Overdose?
In case of a suspected overdose, contact an emergency room or poison control center immediately. For a local control center in the United States, call 1-800-222-1222. Canada residents: call a poison control center within your province.
What Else Should I Know About Rocephin for Prostatitis?
There is no known interaction between this medication and alcohol.
During the course of treatment, lab tests may need to be performed regularly to observe improvements or side effects.