Consumer Medicine Information (CMI)
medicine has been prescribed for tampering or after the expiry date
What is in this leaflet you. printed on the pack.
This leaflet answers some common Your doctor may have prescribed it If you are not sure whether you
questions about ASPEN for another reason. should be given ASPEN
CEFTRIAXONE injection. It does CEFTRIAXONE, talk to your
not contain all the available This medicine is available only with doctor.
information. It does not take the a doctor’s prescription.
place of talking to your doctor or Before you are given it
pharmacist. There is no evidence that it is
Tell your doctor if:
All medicines have risks and
benefits. Your doctor has weighed
you have had an allergy or
the risks of you being given ASPEN
CEFTRIAXONE injection against over-reaction to lignocaine or
other anaesthetic drugs.
the benefits they expect it will have Before you are given it
These substances may be used
If you have any concerns about When you must not be given it to dissolve ASPEN
being given this medicine, talk to CEFTRIAXONE prior to
your doctor or pharmacist. You must not be given ASPEN injection.
CEFTRIAXONE if you have had
Keep this leaflet with the an allergic reaction to: you have allergies to any other
medicine. medicines, foods,
any medicine containing preservatives or dyes.
You may need to read it again. ceftriaxone
any other cephalosporin you are being treated with
antibiotic. calcium-containing IV
You must not be given ASPEN
CEFTRIAXONE if you have had a you have or have had any
What ASPEN serious allergic reaction to medical conditions, including:
CEFTRIAXONE is used penicillin.
for - kidney disease
Signs of an allergic reaction may - stomach or bowel problems
include shortness of breath, - liver disease
ASPEN CEFTRIAXONE contains wheezing or difficulty in breathing; - bleeding problems
ceftriaxone (as ceftriaxone sodium) swelling of the face, lips, tongue or
as the active ingredient. other parts of the body; rash, itching you are pregnant, intend to
or hives on the skin. become pregnant, are breast-
ASPEN CEFTRIAXONE is an feeding or plan to breast feed.
antibiotic used to treat infections in ASPEN CEFTRIAXONE and
different parts of the body caused calcium-containing IV solutions Your doctor will discuss the
by bacteria. It is also used to must not be mixed or co- benefits and possible risks of
prevent infections before, during administered to newborns being given this medicine during
and after surgery. breastfeeding or pregnancy.
because of the risk of forming a
ASPEN CEFTRIAXONE belongs to If you have not told your doctor
a group of antibiotics called about any of the above, tell them
cephalosporins. These antibiotics ASPEN CEFTRIAXONE must not
be given to preterm newborns or before you start being given
work by killing the bacteria that are
newborns with certain liver ASPEN CEFTRIAXONE.
causing your infection or by
stopping bacteria from growing. disorders.
Taking other medicines
Ask your doctor if you have any You must not be given ASPEN
questions about why this CEFTRIAXONE if the packaging Tell your doctor or pharmacist if
is torn or shows signs of you are taking any other
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medicines, including any that you Tell your doctor if you get vaginal
buy without a prescription from direct injection into a vein, itching or discharge.
your pharmacy, supermarket or slow infusion into a vein or
health food shop. deep injection into a large This may mean you have a fungal
muscle. infection called thrush. Sometimes
Some medicines may be affected by the use of ASPEN CEFTRIAXONE
ASPEN CEFTRIAXONE or may ASPEN CEFTRIAXONE must only allows fungi to grow and the above
affect how well it works. be prepared and given by a doctor symptoms to occur. ASPEN
or nurse. CEFTRIAXONE does not work
These include chloramphenicol, a against fungi.
medicine used to treat infections. If you are given too much
You may need to be given different (overdose) Tell any other doctors, dentists
amounts of your medicine, or you and pharmacists who are treating
may need to be given different As ASPEN CEFTRIAXONE is given you that you are being given
medicines. Your doctor will advise to you under the supervision of your ASPEN CEFTRIAXONE,
you. doctor, it is very unlikely that you will especially if you are about to be
receive too much. started on any new medicines.
Talk to your doctor about the
need for an additional method of However, if you experience any Tell your doctor immediately if
contraception while using ASPEN side effects after being given you become pregnant while you
CEFTRIAXONE. ASPEN CEFTRIAXONE, tell your are being given ASPEN
doctor immediately or call the CEFTRIAXONE.
Some antibiotics may decrease the Poisons Information Centre on 13
effectiveness of some birth control 11 26 (Australia) or 0800 POISON If you have to test your urine for
pills. or 0800 764 766 (New Zealand). sugar while you are being given
ASPEN CEFTRIAXONE, make
Your doctor or pharmacist has more sure your doctor knows which
information on medicines to be type of test you use.
careful with or to avoid while being
given ASPEN CEFTRIAXONE. ASPEN CEFTRIAXONE may affect
While you are being
the results of these tests.
Tell your doctor you are being
given ASPEN CEFTRIAXONE if
Things you must do
How it is given you have to have any blood tests.
Tell your doctor if the symptoms
ASPEN CEFTRIAXONE may affect
How much is given of your infection do not improve
the results of some blood tests.
within a few days or if they
Your doctor will decide what dose become worse.
and how long you will receive Things to be careful of
ASPEN CEFTRIAXONE. This Tell your doctor, pharmacist or
depends on the infection being nurse immediately if you get Be careful driving or operating
treated and your response to the severe diarrhoea. Do this even if machinery until you know how
treatment. it occurs several weeks after ASPEN CEFTRIAXONE affects
ASPEN CEFTRIAXONE has been you.
For most infections, it is usually stopped.
given once or twice a day. ASPEN CEFTRIAXONE may cause
Diarrhoea may mean that you have dizziness in some people. Make
Sometimes, only a single dose of a serious condition affecting your sure you know how you react to it
ASPEN CEFTRIAXONE is required bowel. You may need urgent before you drive a car, operate
for the treatment and prevention of medical care. machinery or do anything else that
certain infections. Otherwise, the may be dangerous.
length of treatment is usually Do not take any diarrhoea
between 4 days and 2 weeks. medicine without first checking Side effects
with your doctor.
How it is given
Tell your doctor if you get a sore Tell your doctor or nurse as soon
ASPEN CEFTRIAXONE is a sterile as possible if you do not feel well
white mouth or tongue while
powder which is dissolved and while you are being treated with
diluted with suitable sterile fluids. using or soon after stopping
ASPEN CEFTRIAXONE. ASPEN CEFTRIAXONE.
It is given by:
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This medicine helps most people What it looks like
with infections, but it may have skin rash, itching or hives
unwanted side effects in some severe peeling or flaking of the ASPEN CEFTRIAXONE is a white
people. All medicines can have side skin to yellow powder in a glass vial with
effects. Sometimes they are swelling of the face, lips or a rubber stopper. The powder is
serious, most of the time they are tongue which may cause dissolved and diluted with suitable
not. You may need medical difficulty in swallowing or sterile fluids before it is used.
treatment if you experience some of breathing
the side effects. wheezing or shortness of breath It is available in packs of 5 vials.
swelling of the hands, feet or
Ask your doctor, nurse or ankles Ingredient
pharmacist to answer any bleeding or bruising more easily
questions you may have. than normal Each vial contains either 1 g or 2 g
signs of frequent infections such of ceftriaxone (as ceftriaxone
Tell your doctor or nurse if you as fever, severe chills, sore sodium). There are no other
notice any of the following side throat or mouth ulcers ingredients.
effects and they worry you: signs of anaemia such as
tiredness, being short of breath ASPEN CEFTRIAXONE does not
oral thrush – white, furry, sore when exercising, looking pale contain gluten, lactose, sucrose,
tongue and mouth yellowing of the skin or eyes tartrazine or any other azo dyes.
vaginal thrush – sore and itchy fast or irregular heart beat
vagina sometimes with a white passing less urine than is normal
discharge blood in the urine.
pain or swelling at the injection
site These are serious side effects. You Sponsor
mild diarrhoea may need medical attention.
nausea (feeling sick) or vomiting Serious side effects are rare.
headache or dizziness
taste disturbances Tell your doctor if you notice
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You may not experience any of 1 g: AUST R 148218
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watery and severe diarrhoea
which may also be bloody
This leaflet was prepared in August
fever, in combination with one or After using it 2011.
both of the above.
Do not take any diarrhoea Storage
medicine without first checking
with your doctor. ASPEN CEFTRIAXONE will be
stored in the pharmacy or on the
ward. The powder for injection is
These are rare but serious side
kept in a cool dry place, protected
effects. You may have a serious
from light, where the temperature
condition affecting your bowel,
stays below 25⁰C.
requiring urgent medical attention.
Tell your doctor immediately or
go to Accident and Emergency at
your nearest hospital if you
notice any of the following Product Description
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