CEFTRIAXONE — ceftriaxone sodium injection, powder, for solution
Aurobindo Pharma Limited

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To reduce the development of drug-resistant bacteria and maintain the effectiveness of ceftriaxone and other antibacterial drugs, ceftriaxone should be used only to treat or prevent infections that are proven or strongly suspected to be caused by bacteria.


Ceftriaxone for injection, USP is a sterile, semisynthetic, broad-spectrum cephalosporin antibiotic for intravenous or intramuscular administration. Ceftriaxone sodium is (6R ,7R)-7-[2-(2-Amino-4-thiazolyl)glyoxylamido]-8-oxo-3-[[(1,2,5,6-tetrahydro-2-methyl-5,6-dioxo-as -triazin-3-yl)thio]methyl]-5-thia-1-azabicyclo[4.2.0]oct-2-ene-2-carboxylic acid, 72 -(Z)-(O -methyloxime), disodium salt, sesquaterhydrate.

The chemical formula of ceftriaxone sodium is C18 H16 N8 Na2 O7 S3 •3.5H2 O. It has a calculated molecular weight of 661.60 and the following structural formula:

Chemical Structure
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Ceftriaxone for injection, USP is a white to yellowish-orange crystalline powder which is readily soluble in water, sparingly soluble in methanol and very slightly soluble in ethanol. The pH of a 1% aqueous solution is approximately 6.7. The color of ceftriaxone for injection solutions ranges from light yellow to amber, depending on the length of storage, concentration and diluent used.


Average plasma concentrations of ceftriaxone following a single 30-minute intravenous (IV) infusion of a 0.5, 1 or 2 g dose and intramuscular (IM) administration of a single 0.5 (250 mg/mL or 350 mg/mL concentrations) or 1 g dose in healthy subjects are presented in Table 1.

Table 1 Ceftriaxone Plasma Concentrations After Single Dose Administration
* IV doses were infused at a constant rate over 30 minutes.ND = Not determined.
Dose/Route Average Plasma Concentrations (mcg/mL)
0.5 hr1 hr2 hr4 hr6 hr8 hr12 hr16 hr24 hr
0.5 g IV*82594837292315105
0.5 g IM
250 mg/mL 22333835302616ND5
0.5 g IM
350 mg/mL 20323834312416ND5
1 g IV*1511118867534328189
1 g IM40687668564429NDND
2 g IV*2571921541178974463115

Ceftriaxone was completely absorbed following IM administration with mean maximum plasma concentrations occurring between 2 and 3 hours post-dose. Multiple IV or IM doses ranging from 0.5 to 2 g at 12- to 24-hour intervals resulted in 15% to 36% accumulation of ceftriaxone above single dose values.

Ceftriaxone concentrations in urine are shown in Table 2.

Table 2 Urinary Concentrations of Ceftriaxone After Single Dose Administration
ND = Not determined.
Dose/Route Average Urinary Concentrations (mcg/mL)
0-2 hr2-4 hr4-8 hr8-12 hr12-24 hr24-48 hr
0.5 g IV 526366142877015
0.5 g IM 1154253081279628
1 g IV 99585529314713232
1 g IM 504628418237NDND
2 g IV 2692197675727419840

Thirty-three percent to 67% of a ceftriaxone dose was excreted in the urine as unchanged drug and the remainder was secreted in the bile and ultimately found in the feces as microbiologically inactive compounds. After a 1 g IV dose, average concentrations of ceftriaxone, determined from 1 to 3 hours after dosing, were 581 mcg/mL in the gallbladder bile, 788 mcg/mL in the common duct bile, 898 mcg/mL in the cystic duct bile, 78.2 mcg/g in the gallbladder wall and 62.1 mcg/mL in the concurrent plasma.

Over a 0.15 to 3 g dose range in healthy adult subjects, the values of elimination half-life ranged from 5.8 to 8.7 hours; apparent volume of distribution from 5.78 to 13.5 L; plasma clearance from 0.58 to 1.45 L/hour; and renal clearance from 0.32 to 0.73 L/hour. Ceftriaxone is reversibly bound to human plasma proteins, and the binding decreased from a value of 95% bound at plasma concentrations of <25 mcg/mL to a value of 85% bound at 300 mcg/mL. Ceftriaxone crosses the blood placenta barrier.

The average values of maximum plasma concentration, elimination half-life, plasma clearance and volume of distribution after a 50 mg/kg IV dose and after a 75 mg/kg IV dose in pediatric patients suffering from bacterial meningitis are shown in Table 3. Ceftriaxone penetrated the inflamed meninges of infants and pediatric patients; CSF concentrations after a 50 mg/kg IV dose and after a 75 mg/kg IV dose are also shown in Table 3.

Table 3 Average Pharmacokinetic Parameters of Ceftriaxone in Pediatric Patients With Meningitis
50 mg/kg IV75 mg/kg IV
Maximum Plasma Concentrations (mcg/mL) 216275
Elimination Half-life (hr) 4.64.3
Plasma Clearance (mL/hr/kg) 4960
Volume of Distribution (mL/kg) 338373
CSF Concentration—inflamed meninges (mcg/mL) 5.66.4
Range (mcg/mL) 1.3-18.51.3-44
Time after dose (hr) 3.7 (± 1.6) 3.3 (± 1.4)

Compared to that in healthy adult subjects, the pharmacokinetics of ceftriaxone were only minimally altered in elderly subjects and in patients with renal impairment or hepatic dysfunction (Table 4); therefore, dosage adjustments are not necessary for these patients with ceftriaxone dosages up to 2 g per day. Ceftriaxone was not removed to any significant extent from the plasma by hemodialysis; in six of 26 dialysis patients, the elimination rate of ceftriaxone was markedly reduced.

Table 4 Average Pharmacokinetic Parameters of Ceftriaxone in Humans
* Creatinine clearance.
Subject Group EliminationHalf-Life(hr)PlasmaClearance(L/hr)Volume ofDistribution(L)
Healthy Subjects 5.8-8.7 0.58-1.45 5.8-13.5
Elderly Subjects (mean age, 70.5 yr) 8.9 0.83 10.7
Patients With Renal Impairment
Hemodialysis Patients (0-5 mL/min)*14.7 0.65 13.7
Severe (5-15 mL/min) 15.7 0.56 12.5
Moderate (16-30 mL/min) 11.4 0.72 11.8
Mild (31-60 mL/min) 12.4 0.7 13.3
Patients With Liver Disease 8.8 1.1 13.6

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