Rocephin IM inj. plv. sol. 1 g + diluent
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What is Rocephin?
Rocephin is an antibiotic used to treat many kinds of bacterial infections – including those that are life-threatening like meningitis.
How is Rocephin administered?
Rocephin is administered through injection. It is injected into a muscle or vein by way of an IV. The medication must be administered slowly – the IV infusion may take at least 30 minutes. Do not try to inject the medication yourself if you do not fully understand how to do it.
What are the side effects of Rocephin?
Minor side effects include diarrhea, nausea or vomiting, headache or dizziness, a hard lump at the site of the injection, sweating, and mild itching or vaginal itching and discharge. These side effects do not require any medical attention unless they become severe.
More significant side effects include allergic reactions (hives, difficulty swallowing or breathing, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue), excessive diarrhea, fever, white sores in and around the mouth, unusual bleeding, numbness or weakness in muscles, jaundice, abnormal bowel movements, and abnormal urination (dark-colored urine, pain with urination). Should any of these side effects occur, contact your physician immediately.
What drug interactions should be avoided with Rocephin?
Rocephin is adversely affected by blood thinners such as Warfarin, calcium supplements, alcohol, and other antibiotics. Notify your physician if you are taking these or any other medications either prescribed or over the counter.
If you are experiencing diarrhea, do not take anti-diarrheal medication while taking Rocephin. Your doctor will be able to prescribe anti-diarrheal medication that will work better with your existing medication.
What if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose, take one as soon as possible. If you find that the missed dose is discovered too closely to your next scheduled dose, take a single dose – do not double up on the medication.
How should I use this medication?
Take this medication exactly as prescribed by your physician - do not take more or less. Do not skip doses or stop taking the medication – even if you feel better.
When taking this medication at home, make sure you know how to properly mix it with a liquid and administer the dosage correctly. After combining the medication with the liquid, you must use it within a certain timeframe for it to be effective. However you may also store it in the refrigerator or freezer to prolong the effectiveness. Do not refreeze once thawed.