Ceftriaxone Uses

Prevention During Surgery
When people have surgery, they are placed at an increased risk for infection due to exposure, surgical trauma, and a variety of other factors. Due to this risk, people undergoing surgery often receive antibiotics beforehand. This gives their bodies a certain level of protection against any infection that may occur. Ceftriaxone is commonly the antibiotic of choice under these circumstances because it is effective against a broad variety of bacteria.
 

Ceftriaxone Uses in Children

Ceftriaxone is approved for use in newborns, infants, and children. In these groups, ceftriaxone is used to treat the same infections as it is in adults. Ceftriaxone should not be used in newborns (especially premature newborns) with high levels of bilirubin in their blood. Jaundice (yellowing of the skin or whites of the eyes) may be a sign of high bilirubin levels.
 

Off-Label Ceftriaxone Uses

On occasion, a healthcare provider may recommend or use ceftriaxone for something other than the conditions listed above. This is called an "off-label" use. Off-label ceftriaxone uses may include treatment of other types of infections, including:
 
  • Other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), such as a chancroid.
  • Lyme disease.
  • Epididymitis.
  • Shigellosis, which is an infection of the intestines by the Shigella bacteria. Shigellosis causes diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps.
     
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