What Is Rocephin Used For?
Prevention During Surgery
When people have surgery, they are placed at an increased risk for infection due to exposure, surgical trauma, and a variety of other factors. Due to this risk, people undergoing surgery often receive antibiotics beforehand. This gives their bodies a certain level of protection against any infection that may occur. Rocephin is commonly the antibiotic of choice under these circumstances because it is effective against a broad variety of bacteria.
Rocephin is approved for use in newborns, infants, and children. In these groups, Rocephin is used to treat the same infections seen in adults. Rocephin should not be used in newborns (especially premature newborns) with high levels of bilirubin in their blood. Jaundice may be a sign of high bilirubin levels.
On occasion, a healthcare provider may recommend or use Rocephin for something other than the conditions listed above. This is called an "off-label" use. Off-label Rocephin uses may include treatment of other types of infections, including:
- Other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), such as chancroid.
- Lyme disease.
- Shigellosis, which is an infection of the intestines by the Shigella bacteria. Shigellosis causes diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps.