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Rocephin (Ceftriaxone) IV Can Cause Gallbladder Issues

16 Apr

Rocephin (Ceftriaxone) IV & Your Gallbladder

I don’t know how many times I have heard from a friend who was on or is still using Rocephin via IV that their gallbladder was either removed or had issues. I believe all doctors are aware of this problem yet some fail to disclose or relay the information to their patients. Lyme patients who were given the info may not now just how serious the problem is.There is a high risk that you will have some gallbladder problems and you may lose your gallbladder.

Your doctor most likely will give you Actigall to take with your Rocephin IV but the Actigall also has side-effects itself (see below). If you do not take the recommended dosage of Actigall you risk having gallbladder problems and possibly having you gallbladder removed.

Just from my own personal study of friends I would say at least 80% of the people I have talked to have had the issues. It’s about 50/50 on gall stones, problems versus those who had their gallbladder removed.

This is nothing new and for the most part many Lymies already know this but I thought I would send out a caution to those who do not know. If you read the labels and caution signs on Rocephin it clearly states “do not take if you have gallbladder disease” or “may cause gallbladder problems” on some web sites.

Rocephin Injections

I did want to add that the Rocephin  injections should not cause the gallbladder issues. I did the Rocephin self-injections for 2 months and I was fine. However I did have other issues such as; Injecting in my thigh made my whole thigh muscle spasm violently. I had twitches and jerking in my thigh throughout the night like aftershocks. The injections in my buttocks and in my thigh would travel straight to my bad knees and make them start hurting even worse. I also still have lumps in my buttocks. The injections are not as painful as Bicillin since the needles are much smaller.

Tip: If you do not use Lidocaine and use the saline to mix your Rocephin vial with then yes it is one of the most painful injections you can get. I gave myself one injection with Rocephin and saline and instantly my buttocks and leg began to burn like crazy and the arthritis in my knee was inflamed. Talk about extra unwanted severe pain, ouch!



Gallbladder Problem Symptoms

Gall bladder problems can cause symptoms that include:

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Indigestion
  • Intolerance to fatty foods
  • Abdominal bloating
  • Pain in the right upper and central upper abdomen
  • Referred pain may radiate to the back and the right shoulder

**(Remember these are just some of the symptoms)


Actigall Side Effects

Side effects from actigall/ursodiol can occur. Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away:

  • diarrhea
  • constipation
  • upset stomach
  • indigestion
  • dizziness
  • vomiting
  • cough
  • sore throat
  • runny nose
  • back pain
  • muscle and joint pain
  • hair loss

If you experience any of the following symptoms, call your doctor immediately:

  • frequent urination or pain when you urinate
  • cough with fever