What is Ceftriaxone?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Rocephin

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Ceftriaxone is a third-generation cephalosporin antibiotic that is used as a broad spectrum agent in the treatment of many types of infections. It may also be used for sexually-transmitted diseases, Lyme disease, community-acquired pneumonia, typhoid fever and Whipple's disease.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Lyme disease 31 15
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis 28 13
Pneumonia 7 1
Urinary tract infection 6 2
Osteomyelitis 2 2

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 5
Moderate 2
Mild 11
None 17

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Ceftriaxone

Side effect Patients
Diarrhea 3
Nausea 3
Injection site pain 2
Abdominal bloating 1
Burning sensation in eyes 1
Candida (fungal) infection 1

Show all 16 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Ceftriaxone

Dosage Patients
2 g daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Ceftriaxone

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Course of treatment ended 37
Did not seem to work 20
Doctor's advice 17
Other 12
Side effects too severe 12
Expense 2
Personal research 1
See all 84 patients who've stopped taking Ceftriaxone

Duration

Currently taking Ceftriaxone

Duration Patients
2 - 5 years 2

Stopped taking Ceftriaxone

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 31
1 - 6 months 32
6 months - 1 year 7
1 - 2 years 9
2 - 5 years 6
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 28
Usually 3
Sometimes 0
Never taken as prescribed 4
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 4
Somewhat hard to take 6
A little hard to take 13
Not at all hard to take 12
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 5
$100-199 1
$50-99 0
$25-49 1
< $25 15
Not specified 13

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Ceftriaxone after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Cefuroxime (Ceftin) 1
Famciclovir (Famvir) 1

Patients stopped taking Ceftriaxone and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Azithromycin (Zithromax) 1
Cefuroxime (Ceftin) 1
Chloroquine (Plasmoquine) 1
Doxycycline (Doxylin) 1
Hydroxychloroquine (Plaquenil) 1

Show all 7 treatments patients report switching to

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4 patient evaluations for Ceftriaxone

Jun 16, 2011 (Started Jan 26, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 4 g Daily
Advice & Tips: The treatment is much easier than it appears at first. The process is easy, but untimely. It gets in the way of daily activities. I stopped because I believe I am on the placebo and I would like to try a new clinical trial.
Side effects: flatulence, burning sensation in eyes

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Jul 1, 2010 (Started Jul 01, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Lyme disease)
  • Side effects
    Severe (pain in upper right abdomen, gallbladder removal (cholecystectomy))
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: 1 g M,W,F
Cost: $200+ monthly
Side effects: pain in upper right abdomen, gallbladder removal (cholecystectomy)

Feb 24, 2009 (Started Jul 01, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Lyme disease)
  • Side effects
    Severe (pain in upper right abdomen)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Advice & Tips: I infused myself daily with rocephin through a port in my chest. i had to be so clean and careful. and i couldn't shower for a week(until the nurse cameto change the needle). After 5 weeks of the drug through IV i started getting major pains in my side and ended up in the emergancy room getting my infected gall blader out. Common side effect of the drug apparently. Ive stopped lyme treatment currently.
Cost: $200+ monthly
Side effects: pain in upper right abdomen, gallbladder removal (cholecystectomy)

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Apr 11, 2010 (Started Dec 16, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for Lyme disease)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 4 g Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

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