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What Rocephin is and what it is used for
Rocephin is an antibiotic given to adults and children (including newborn babies). It works by killing
bacteria that cause infections. It belongs to a group of medicines called cephalosporins.
Rocephin is used to treat infections of
• the brain (meningitis).
• the lungs.
• the middle ear.
• the abdomen and abdominal wall (peritonitis).
• the urinary tract and kidneys.
• bones and joints.
• the skin or soft tissues.
• the blood.
• the heart. It can be given:
• to treat specific sexually transmitted infections (gonorrhoea and syphilis).
• to treat patients with low white blood cell counts (neutropenia) who have fever due to bacterial infection.
• to treat infections of the chest in adults with chronic bronchitis.
• to treat Lyme disease (caused by tick bites) in adults and children including newborn babies from 15 days of age.
• to prevent infections during surgery.
How to take Rocephin
Rocephin is usually given by a doctor or nurse. It can be given as
• a drip (intravenous infusion) or as an injection directly into a vein or
• into a muscle. Rocephin is made up by the doctor, pharmacist or nurse and will not be mixed with or given to you at the same time as calcium-containing injections. The usual dose Your doctor will decide the correct dose of Rocephin for you. The dose will depend on the severity and type of infection; whether you are on any other antibiotics; your weight and age; how well your kidneys and liver are working. The number of days or weeks that you are given Rocephin depends on what sort of infection you have. Adults, older people and children aged 12 years and over with a body weight greater than or equal to 50 kilograms (kg):
• 1 to 2 g once a day depending on the severity and type of infection. If you have a severe infection, your doctor will give you a higher dose (up to 4 g once a day). If your daily dose is higher than 2 g, you may receive it as a single dose once a day or as two separate doses. Newborn babies, infants and children aged 15 days to 12 years with a body weight of less than 50 kg:
• 50-80 mg Rocephin for each kg of the child’s body weight once a day depending on the severity and type of infection. If you have a severe infection, your doctor will give you a higher dose up to 100 mg for each kg of body weight to a maximum of 4 g once a day. If your daily dose is higher than 2 g, you may receive it as a single dose once a day or as two separate doses.
• Children with a body weight of 50 kg or more should be given the usual adult dose. Newborn babies (0-14 days)
• 20 – 50 mg Rocephin for each kg of the child’s body weight once a day depending on the severity and type of infection.
• The maximum daily dose is not to be more than 50 mg for each kg of the baby’s weight. People with liver and kidney problems You may be given a different dose to the usual dose. Your doctor will decide how much Rocephin you will need and will check you closely depending on the severity of the liver and kidney disease. If you are given more Rocephin than you should If you accidentally receive more than your prescribed dose, contact your doctor or nearest hospital straight away. If you forget to use Rocephin If you miss an injection, you should have it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next injection, skip the missed injection. Do not take a double dose (two injections at the same time) to make up for a missed dose. If you stop using Rocephin Do not stop taking Rocephin unless your doctor tells you to. If you have any further questions on the use of this medicine, ask your doctor or nurse.
Possible side effects
Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.
The following side effects may happen with this medicine: Severe allergic reactions (not known, frequency cannot be estimated from the available data) If you have a severe allergic reaction, tell a doctor straight away. The signs may include:
• Sudden swelling of the face, throat, lips or mouth. This can make it difficult to breathe or swallow.
• Sudden swelling of the hands, feet and ankles. Severe skin rashes (not known, frequency cannot be estimated from the available data) If you get a severe skin rash, tell a doctor straight away.
• The signs may include a severe rash that develops quickly, with blisters or peeling of the skin and possibly blisters in the mouth. Other possible side effects:
Common (may affect up to 1 in 10 people)
• Abnormalities with your white blood cells (such as a decrease of leucocytes and an increase of eosinophils) and platelets (decrease of thrombocytes).
• Loose stools or diarrhoea.
• Changes in the results of blood tests for liver functions.
Uncommon (may affect up to 1 in 100 people)
• Fungal infections (for example, thrush).
• A decrease in the number of white blood cells (granulocytopenia).
• Reduction in number of red blood cells (anaemia).
• Problems with the way your blood clots. The signs may include bruising easily and pain and swelling of your joints.
• Feeling sick or being sick.
• Pruritis (itching).
• Pain or a burning feeling along the vein where Rocephin has been given. Pain where the injection was given.
• A high temperature (fever).
• Abnormal kidney function test (blood creatinine increased).
Rare (may affect up to 1 in 1,000 people)
• Inflammation of the large bowel (colon). The signs include diarrhoea, usually with blood and mucus, stomach pain and fever.
• Difficulty in breathing (bronchospasm).
• A lumpy rash (hives) that may cover a lot of your body, feeling itchy and swelling.
• Blood or sugar in your urine.
• Oedema (fluid build-up).
Not known (Frequency cannot be estimated from the available data)
• A secondary infection that may not respond to the antibiotic previously prescribed
• Form of anaemia where red blood cells are destroyed (haemolytic anaemia).
• Severe decrease in white blood cells (agranulocytosis).
• Vertigo (spinning sensation). 5 uk-pl-rocephin-clean-180423-2g-1g-250mg
• Inflammation of the pancreas (pancreatitis). The signs include severe pain in the stomach which spreads to your back.
• Inflammation of the mucus lining of the mouth (stomatitis).
• Inflammation of the tongue (glossitis). The signs include swelling, redness and soreness of the tongue.
• Problems with your gallbladder, which may cause pain, feeling sick and being sick.
• A neurological condition that may occur in neonates with severe jaundice (kernicterus).
• Kidney problems caused by deposits of calcium ceftriaxone. There may be pain when passing water (urine) or low output of urine.
• A false positive result in a Coombs’ test (a test for some blood problems).
• A false positive result for galactosaemia (an abnormal build up of the sugar galactose).
• Rocephin may interfere with some types of blood glucose tests
•please check with your doctor.
Reporting of side effects If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse. This includes any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. You can also report side effects directly (see details below). By reporting side effects, you can help provide more information on the safety of this medicine. Malta ADR Reporting Website: https://www.medicinesauthority.gov.mt/adrportal United Kingdom Yellow Card Scheme Website: www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard or search for MHRA Yellow Card in the Google Play or Apple App Store.
How to Store Rocephin
Keep this medicine out of the sight and reach of children. Do not use this medicine after the expiry date which is stated on the carton and on the vial or bottle label after EXP. The expiry date refers to the last day of that month. Do not store above 30°C, keep vial or bottle in the outer carton in order to protect from light. Chemical and physical in-use stability of the reconstituted product has been demonstrated for at least 6 hours at or below 25°C or 24 hours at 2-8°C. From a microbiological point of view, the product should be used immediately. If not used immediately, in-use storage times and conditions prior to use are the responsibility of the user and would not be longer than the times stated above for the chemical and physical in-use stability. Do not throw away any medicines via wastewater. Ask your pharmacist to throw away medicines you no longer use. These measures will help protect the environment.
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