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How and where is the Rocephin injection given?

Medically reviewed by Carmen Pope, BPharm. Last updated on Nov 21, 2023.

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Rocephin is usually given by a healthcare provider, such as a doctor or nurse, but in certain circumstances, such as people on long-term Rocephin administration, it may be given at home. Rocephin is usually given into a vein (intravenously or IV) either as a slow infusion using an IV bag over at least 30 minutes or by a slow injection using an IV syringe over 2 to 4 minutes. It may also be given into one of the large muscles in your leg or buttocks – the medical term for this is intramuscularly (IM). You may also receive a local anesthetic in this case.

In certain circumstances, people may be able to give Rocephin to themselves at home. Usually, it will already be prepared for you and contained in a bag that is designed to drip slowly over at least 30 minutes into your catheter (called an infusion) or injected slowly over 2 to 4 minutes with a syringe. Administer Rocephin exactly as you have been instructed at the hospital or clinic.

  • Rocephin (ceftriaxone sodium) Updated 07/2021. Genentech, Inc.

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