Rocephin is a broad-spectrum antibiotic that is administered intramuscular or intravenous. In other words, it is an antibiotics injection belonging to the cephalosporin group of antibiotics. Also known as Ceftriaxone, Rocephin is used for treating bacterial infections, as it fights against bacterial growth in the organism.
Treatment with Rocephin is prescribed only after determining the type of bacteria that is causing trouble in the organism and after testing its resistance to the drug. The injection with Rocephin is administered only by a doctor, once or twice a day according to the treatment, in the muscle or in the vein directly, depending on the case.
What kind of health conditions are treated with Rocephin? Due to the fact that many antibiotics-resistant bacteria emerged, due to the fact that the use of antibiotics was abused, Rocephin will only be prescribed once it is certain that the health problem is indeed caused by bacteria. If laboratory tests confirm it, treatment with Rocephin may begin.
This antibiotic can be used to treat infections of the lower respiratory tract, acute bacterial otitis media, certain infections of the skin, infections of the urinary tract, pelvic inflammatory diseases, bacterial septicemia, infections in the joints and bones, infections in the abdominal cavity, or meningitis. In some cases, it can be part of post-surgery treatment, when the situation requires keeping bacteria from developing in the patient’s organism.
In order to administer a vial of Rocephin, the powder contained in the vial must be first mixed with the right diluent. Once the diluent is introduced in the vial, the content should be well mixed so that the solution formed is a homogenous one. Then, with the help of a syringe, extract the content from the vial.
The amount of content formed from a vial of Rocephin and a diluent should be according to the treatment indications received from the doctor. Thus, to a vial of Rocephin, of 500 mg or 1 gm of powder, one can add 250 ml or 350 ml of diluent. When using 250 ml of diluent with a 500 mg vial of Rocephin, you will obtain 1.8 ml of solution, while using it with a 1 gm vial will produce 3.6 ml of solution. Also, when using 350 ml of diluent with a 500 g vial of Rocephin, you will obtain 1.0 ml of solution, while using it with a 1 gm vial will produce 2.1 ml of solution.
It is worth mentioning that diluents containing calcium should not be mixed with Rocephin, as a precipitated form of the solution will result and injecting it in the body will become problematic. Also, the administration of this antibiotic should not be concomitant with IV fluids containing calcium, when the drug is offered intravenous. Still, of calcium products are taken orally, there have been no reported cases of interactions between such products and Rocephin when administered in the same period.
When it comes to children, a doctor will recommend the dose and treatment with Rocephin, depending on the severity of the case. However, this antibiotic is not recommended for premature babies or newborns that have high levels of bilirubin in their blood.