Infectious Disease Compendium

Ceftriaxone (Rocefin®)


CrCl Formula

CrCl > 80: 1 - 2 g iv q 12 - 24 h.

CrCl 80-50: 1 - 2 g iv q 12 - 24 h.

CrCl 50-10: 1 - 2 g iv q 12 - 24 h.

CrCl < 10: 1 - 2 g iv q 12 - 24 h


Peritoneal dialysis:

Obesity dosing

Important side effects

Cholestatic hepatitis and the formation of ceftriaxone gall stones, the worlds most expensive. Usually seen at high doses.  Also, much more rarely, renal stones (PubMed).

Important drug interactions

Increases cyclosporine levels.

QT prolongation when combined with lansoprazole.

When combined with intravenous calcium in neonates it can lead to death. Importance of this reaction in adults is not known as of 10/3/7.

Rants and Screeds

I wonder which is more expensive: ceftriaxone gallstones or crixivan kidney stones?


Treatment of choice

N. gonorrhoea.

Use for

Abdominal hysterectomy, Arthritis, Bronchitis, Brucella infections, Cellulitis, Brucella, Cystic fibrosis, Endocarditis, endocervical Gonorrhea, Epididymitis, Escherichia coli infections, Gonorrhea, Haemophilus influenzae infections and nasopharyngeal carriers, intra-abdominal infections, Intra abdominal infections, Lyme Disease, Meningitis, Moraxella catarrhalis infections, Neisseria meningitidis pharyngeal carriers, Neutropenic fever, Osteomyelitis, Otitis media, Peritonitis, PID, Pneumonia, Proctitis, Proteus, Providencia stuartii infections, Relapsing Fever, Salmonella infections, Sepsis, Serratia infections, sexual assault, Shigella infections, shunt infections, surgical prophylaxis, syphilis, Typhoid fever, UTI, vaginal hysterectomy.

Don't use for


Third generation cephalosporin.