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Ceftriaxone treats a number of common bacterial infections by preventing bacteria from building and maintaining their cell walls. It is a prescription antibiotic given as a shot or through an intravenous line (IV). A few of the infections that can be treated with ceftriaxone include meningitis, middle ear infections (otitis media), and respiratory tract infections. Common side effects of the drug include diarrhea, unexplained rash, and pain at the injection site.

What Is Ceftriaxone?

Ceftriaxone is a prescription antibiotic that is licensed to treat a number of common infections. It is part of a class of antibiotics called cephalosporins, and it is given either as a shot or through an intravenous line (IV). Ceftriaxone is sold under the brand name Rocephin®. It is also available as a generic.

Side Effects of Ceftriaxone

As with any medicine, there are possible side effects with ceftriaxone. However, not everyone who receives this drug will experience side effects. When people do develop side effects, they are usually minor, meaning that they require no treatment or are easily treated by a healthcare provider.
Common side effects of this medication include, but are not limited to:
  • Pain, warmth, and/or minor swelling at injection site
  • Unexplained rash
  • Diarrhea
  • Increase in liver enzymes.
Some less common but more serious side effects can also occur.
(Click Ceftriaxone Side Effects to learn more about the specific side effects of this drug, including potentially serious side effects.)
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