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Rocephin (ceftriaxone) Disease Interactions

There are 8 disease interactions with Rocephin (ceftriaxone):


Antibiotics (Includes Rocephin) ↔ colitis

Severe Potential Hazard, Moderate plausibility. Applies to: Colitis/Enteritis (Noninfectious)

Pseudomembranous colitis has been reported with most antibacterial agents and may range in severity from mild to life-threatening, with an onset of up to two months following cessation of therapy. Antibiotic therapy can alter the normal flora of the colon and permit overgrowth of Clostridium difficile, whose toxin is believed to be a primary cause of antibiotic- associated colitis. The colitis is usually characterized by severe, persistent diarrhea and severe abdominal cramps, and may be associated with the passage of blood and mucus. The most common culprits are clindamycin, lincomycin, the aminopenicillins (amoxicillin, ampicillin), and the cephalosporins. Therapy with broad-spectrum antibiotics and other agents with significant antibacterial activity should be administered cautiously in patients with a history of gastrointestinal diseases, particularly colitis. There is some evidence that pseudomembranous colitis, if it occurs, may run a more severe course in these patients and that it may be associated with flares in their underlying disease activity. The offending antibiotic(s) should be discontinued if significant diarrhea occurs during therapy. Stool cultures for Clostridium difficile and stool assay for C. difficile toxin may be helpful diagnostically. A large bowel endoscopy may be considered to establish a definitive diagnosis in cases of severe diarrhea.


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  4. Daly JJ, Chowdary KV "Pseudomembranous colitis secondary to metronidazole." Dig Dis Sci 28 (1983): 573-4
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  8. Meadowcroft AM, Diaz PR, Latham GS "Clostridium difficile toxin-induced colitis after use of clindmycin phosphate vaginal cream." Ann Pharmacother 32 (1998): 309-11
  9. Bauwens JE, McFarland LV, Melcher SA "Recurrent clostridium difficile disease following ciprofloxacin use." Ann Pharmacother 31 (1997): 1090
  10. Dan M, Samra Z "Clostridium difficile colitis associated with ofloxacin therapy." Am J Med 87 (1989): 479
  11. Davies J, Beck E "Recurrent colitis following antibiotic-associated pseudomembranous colitis." Postgrad Med J 57 (1981): 599-601
  12. Cone JB, Wetzel W "Toxic megacolon secondary to pseudomembranous colitis." Dis Colon Rectum 25 (1982): 478-82
  13. Cannon SR, Dyson PH, Sanderson PJ "Pseudomembranous colitis associated with antibiotic prophylaxis in orthopaedic surgery." J Bone Joint Surg Br 70-B (1988): 600-2
  14. Miller DL, Sedlack JD, Holt RW "Perforation complicating rifampin-associated pseudomembranous enteritis." Arch Surg 124 (1989): 1082
  15. Miller SN, Ringler RP "Vancomycin-induced pseudomembranous colitis." J Clin Gastroenterol 9 (1987): 114-5
  16. Wang C, Calandra GB, Aziz MA, Brown KR "Efficacy and safety of imipenem/cilastatin: a review of worldwide clinical experience." Rev Infect Dis 7 (1985): s528-36
  17. Harmon T, Burkhart G, Applebaum H "Perforated pseudomembranous colitis in the breast-fed infant." J Pediatr Surg 27 (1992): 744-6
  18. Pokorney BH, Nichols TW, Jr "Pseudomembranous colitis. A complication of sulfasalazine therapy in a patient with Crohn's colitis." Am J Gastroenterol 76 (1981): 374-6
  19. Milstone EB, McDonald AJ, Scholhamer CF Jr "Pseudomembranous colitis after topical application of clindamycin." Arch Dermatol 117 (1981): 154-5
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  21. Ehrenpreis ED, Lievens MW, Craig RM "Clostridium difficile-associated diarrhea after norfloxacin." J Clin Gastroenterol 12 (1990): 188-9
  22. Sankarankutty M, McGeorge D, Galasko CS "Pseudomembranous colitis following cephradine prophylaxis." Postgrad Med J 58 (1982): 726-8
  23. Gordin F, Gibert C, Schmidt ME "Clostridium difficile colitis associated with trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole given as prophylaxis for pneumocystis carinii pneumonia." Am J Med 96 (1994): 94-5
  24. Osler T, Lott D, Bordley J, et al "Cefazolin-induced pseudomembranous colitis resulting in perforation of the sigmoid colon." Dis Colon Rectum 29 (1986): 140-3
  25. Parry MF, Rha CK "Pseudomembranous colitis caused by topical clindamycin phosphate." Arch Dermatol 122 (1986): 583-4
  26. Clissold SP, Todd PA, Campoli-Richards DM "Imipenem/cilastatin: a review of its antibacterial activity, pharmacokinetic properties and therapeutic efficacy." Drugs 33 (1987): 185-241
  27. Van Ness MM, Cattau EL Jr "Fulminant colitis complicating antibiotic-associated pseudomembranous colitis: case report and review of the clinical manifestations and treatment." Am J Gastroenterol 82 (1987): 374-7
  28. Burt RA "A review of the drug events reported by 12,917 patients treated with cephalexin." Postgrad Med J 59 (1983): 47-50,51-3
  29. Ring FA, Hershfield NB, Machin GA, Scott RB "Sulfasalazine-induced colitis complicating idiopathic ulcerative colitis." Can Med Assoc J 131 (1984): 43-5
  30. Friedman RJ, Mayer IE, Galambos JT, Hersh T "Oxacillin-induced pseudomembranous colitis." Am J Gastroenterol 73 (1980): 445-7
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  34. Hecht JR, Olinger EJ "Clostridium difficile colitis secondary to intravenous vancomycin." Dig Dis Sci 34 (1989): 148-9
  35. Brause BD, Romankiewicz JA, Gotz V, Franklin JE Jr, Roberts RB "Comparative study of diarrhea associated with clindamycin and ampicillin therapy." Am J Gastroenterol 73 (1980): 244-8
  36. Saginur R, Hawley CR, Bartlett JG "Colitis associated with metronidazole therapy." J Infect Dis 141 (1980): 772-4
  37. Calandra GB, Brown KR, Grad LC, et al "Review of adverse experiences and tolerability in the first 2,516 patients treated with imipenem/cilastatin." Am J Med 78 (1985): 73-8
  38. Sugarman B "Trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole, pseudomembranous colitis, and spinal cord injury." South Med J 78 (1985): 711-3
  39. Hutcheon DF, Milligan FD, Yardley JH, Hendrix TR "Cephalosporin-associated pseudomembranous colitis." Am J Dig Dis 23 (1978): 321-6
  40. Bingley PJ, Harding GM "Clostridium difficile colitis following treatment with metronidazole and vancomycin." Postgrad Med J 63 (1987): 993-4
  41. Golledge CL, Riley TV "Clostridium difficile-associated diarrhoea after doxycycline malaria prophylaxis." Lancet 345 (1995): 1377-8
  42. Edlund C, Lidbeck A, Kager L, Nord CE "Effect of enoxacin on colonic microflora of healthy volunteers." Eur J Clin Microbiol 6 (1987): 298-300
  43. Midtvedt T, Carlstedt-Duke B, Hoverstad T, et al "Influence of peroral antibiotics upon the biotransformatory activity of the intestinal microflora in healthy subjects." Eur J Clin Invest 16 (1986): 11-7
  44. Altamirano A, Bondani A "Adverse reactions to furazolidone and other drugs. A comparative review." Scand J Gastroenterol Suppl 169 (1989): 70-80
  45. Boriello SP, Jones RH, Phillips I "Rifampicin-associated pseudomembranous colitis." Br Med J 281 (1980): 1180-1
  46. Klinger D, Radford P, Collin J "Pneumoperitoneum without faecal peritonitis in a patient with pseudomembranous colitis." Br Med J 288 (1984): 1271-2
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Ceftriaxone (Includes Rocephin) ↔ hyperbilirubinemia

Severe Potential Hazard, High plausibility. Applies to: Hyperbilirubinemia

Hyperbilirubinemic neonates, especially premature, should not be treated with ceftriaxone for injection. Studies have shown that ceftriaxone can displace bilirubin from its binding to serum albumin, leading to possible risk of bilirubin encephalopathy in these patients.


Ceftriaxone (Includes Rocephin) ↔ gallbladder disease

Moderate Potential Hazard, Moderate plausibility. Applies to: Liver Disease, Gallbladder Disease, Biliary Obstruction

Ceftriaxone can precipitate in the gallbladder. Sonographic abnormalities and symptoms of gallbladder disease have been reported. Therapy with ceftriaxone should be administered cautiously in patients with preexisting disease of the gallbladder, biliary tract, or liver. Serial abdominal ultrasonography may be appropriate during therapy. The drug should be discontinued in patients who develop signs and symptoms suggestive of gallbladder disease while being treated with ceftriaxone.


  1. Meyboom RH, Kuiper H, Jansen A "Ceftriaxone and reversible cholelithiasis." BMJ 297 (1988): 858
  2. Lopez AJ, O'Keefe P, Morrissey M, Pickleman J "Ceftriaxone-induced cholelithiasis." Ann Intern Med 115 (1991): 712-4
  3. Zinberg J, Chernaik R, Coman E, Rosenblatt R, brandt LJ "Reversible symptomatic biliary obstruction associated with ceftriaxone pseudolithiasis." Am J Gastroenterol 86 (1991): 1251-4
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  5. Pigrau C, Pahissa A, Gropper S, Sureda D, Martinez Vazquez JM "Ceftriaxone-associated biliary pseudolithiasis in adults." Lancet 2 (1989): 165
  6. Kirejczyk WM, Crowe HM, Mackay IM, Quintiliani R, Cronin EB "Disappearing "gallstones": biliary pseudolithiasis complicating ceftriaxone therapy." Am J Roentgenol 159 (1992): 329-30
  7. Maranan MC, Gerber SI, Miller GG "Gallstone pancreatitis caused by ceftriaxone." Pediat Inf Dis J 17 (1998): 662-3
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Ceftriaxone (Includes Rocephin) ↔ pancreatitis

Moderate Potential Hazard, Moderate plausibility. Applies to: Biliary Obstruction

Cases of pancreatitis, possibly secondary to biliary obstruction, have been reported rarely in patients treated with ceftriaxone. Most patients presented with risk factors for biliary stasis and biliary sludge (preceding major therapy, severe illness, total parenteral nutrition). A cofactor role of ceftriaxone-related biliary precipitation cannot be ruled out.


Ceftriaxone (Includes Rocephin) ↔ prothrombin time alterations

Moderate Potential Hazard, Moderate plausibility. Applies to: Liver Disease, Vitamin K Deficiency, Malnourished

Alterations in prothrombin times have rarely occurred in patients treated with ceftriaxone. Patients with impaired vitamin K synthesis or low vitamin K stores, such a patients with chronic hepatic disease and malnutrition, require monitoring of prothrombin time during treatment. Vitamin K administration (10 mg per week) might be needed if prothrombin time is prolonged before or during therapy.


Ceftriaxone (Includes Rocephin) ↔ renal/liver disease

Moderate Potential Hazard, Moderate plausibility. Applies to: Liver Disease, Renal Dysfunction, Biliary Obstruction

Ceftriaxone is eliminated by both renal and hepatobiliary excretion. At usual dosages (i.e. 1 to 2 g/day), adjustments are generally not necessary in either renal or hepatobiliary impairment. However, serum drug concentrations should be monitored periodically, and the dosage decreased accordingly if drug accumulation occurs. In patients with both hepatic and severe renal impairment, ceftriaxone dosage should not exceed 2 grams per day without close monitoring of serum concentrations.


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  2. Pollock AA, Tee PE, Patel IH, Spicehandler J, Simberkoff MS, Rahal JJ "Pharmacokinetic characteristics of intravenous ceftriaxone in normal adults." Antimicrob Agents Chemother 22 (1982): 816-23
  3. Stoeckel K, McNamara PJ, Hoppe-Seyler G, Blumberg A, Keller E "Single-dose ceftriaxone kinetics in functionally anephric patients." Clin Pharmacol Ther 33 (1983): 633-41
  4. Garcia RL, Santivanez V, Battilana CA "Single-dose pharmacokinetics of ceftriaxone in patients with end-stage renal disease and hemodialysis." Chemotherapy 34 (1988): 261-6
  5. McNamara PJ, Stoeckel K, Ziegler WH "Pharmacokinetics of ceftriaxone following intravenous administration of a 3g dose." Eur J Clin Pharmacol 22 (1982): 71-5
  6. Stoeckel K, Tuerk H, Trueb V, McNamara PJ "Single-dose ceftriaxone kinetics in liver insufficiency." Clin Pharmacol Ther 36 (1984): 500-9
  7. Fraschini F, Braga PC, Scarpazza G, et al "Human pharmacokinetics and distribution in various tissues of ceftriaxone." Chemotherapy 32 (1986): 192-9
  8. Kowalsky SF, Echols RM, Parker MA "Pharmacokinetics of ceftriaxone in subjects with renal insufficiency." Clin Pharm 4 (1985): 177-81
  9. Hary L, Andrejak M, Leleu S, et al "The pharmacokinetics of ceftriaxone and cefotaxime in cirrhotic patients with ascites." Eur J Clin Pharmacol 36 (1989): 613-6
  10. Cohen D, Appel GB, Scully B, Neu HC "Pharmacokinetics of ceftriaxone in patients with renal failure and in those undergoing hemodialysis." Antimicrob Agents Chemother 24 (1983): 529-32
  11. Holazo, AA, Patel IH, Weinfeld RE, Konikoff JJ, Parsonnet M "Ceftriaxone pharmacokinetics following multiple intramuscular dosing." Eur J Clin Pharmacol 30 (1986): 109-12
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  13. Ti TY, Fortin L, Kreeft JH, East DS, Ogilvie RI, Somerville PJ "Kinetic disposition of intravenous ceftriaxone in normal subjects and patients with renal failure on hemodialysis or peritoneal dialysis." Antimicrob Agents Chemother 25 (1984): 83-7
  14. Wise R, Wright N "The pharmacokinetics of cefotaxime and ceftriaxone in renal and hepatic dysfunction." Infection 13 (1985): s145-50
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Cephalosporins (Includes Rocephin) ↔ liver disease

Moderate Potential Hazard, Moderate plausibility. Applies to: Liver Disease

Cases of hepatitis have been reported with the use of certain cephalosporins. Transient rise in SGOT, SGPT, and alkaline phosphatase levels have also been observed. Caution and monitoring is recommended when these agents are prescribed to patients with hepatic disorders.


Cephalosporins (Includes Rocephin) ↔ seizure disorders

Moderate Potential Hazard, Moderate plausibility. Applies to: Seizures

Several cephalosporins have been implicated in triggering seizures, particularly in patients with renal impairment when the dosage was not reduced. If seizures occur with drug therapy, the drug should be discontinued. Anticonvulsant therapy can be given if clinically indicated. Monitor patients with preexisting seizure disorders.

Rocephin (ceftriaxone) drug interactions

There are 64 drug interactions with Rocephin (ceftriaxone)

Drug Interaction Classification

These classifications are only a guideline. The relevance of a particular drug interaction to a specific individual is difficult to determine. Always consult your healthcare provider before starting or stopping any medication.
Major Highly clinically significant. Avoid combinations; the risk of the interaction outweighs the benefit.
Moderate Moderately clinically significant. Usually avoid combinations; use it only under special circumstances.
Minor Minimally clinically significant. Minimize risk; assess risk and consider an alternative drug, take steps to circumvent the interaction risk and/or institute a monitoring plan.
Unknown No interaction information available.

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