People who have been diagnosed with pneumonia, urinary tract infections, or other bacterial infections may be treated with an antibiotic called ceftriaxone (Rocephin®). This medication is also prescribed to prevent infections during surgery. As a type of cephalosporin antibiotic, it works to destroy bacteria by preventing bacteria from forming cell walls.
This antibiotic comes in the form of a solution and is administered either intravenously (by IV) or by an intramuscular injection. It is usually administered once or twice a day, depending on what your healthcare provider recommends. Common side effects include pain, warmth, and/or minor swelling at the injection site.
(For more details on this antibiotic, including other conditions it is used for and what to discuss with your healthcare provider before starting treatment, click Ceftriaxone.)