Azactam

Generic Name: Aztreonam

  • What is Azactam?

    Azactam is an antibiotic used to treat certain bacterial infections of the lower respiratory (lung) tract, urinary tract, blood, skin, abdomen as well as gynecologic infections. Azactam may also be used to treat other bacterial infections, as determined by your doctor. Azactam is administered intravenously (through a vein in your arm) or intramuscularly (injected into the muscle).

  • What is the most important information I should know about Azactam?

    Mild diarrhea is common with antibiotic use. However, a more serious form of diarrhea, although rare, may occur. Contact your doctor immediately if you experience stomach pain or cramps, severe diarrhea, or bloody stools. Do not treat the diarrhea without first checking with your doctor.

    Serious or severe allergic reactions can occur while you are receiving Azactam. Tell your doctor immediately if you experience a severe rash or difficulty breathing.

    Like all antibiotics, Azactam works only against bacteria. It will not cure an infection caused by a virus, such as the common cold or flu.

  • Who should not take Azactam?

    Your doctor will not administer Azactam to you if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients.

  • What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Azactam?

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Azactam. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have a history of allergies to similar antibiotics (such as ceftriaxone, cefuroxime, ertapenem, meropenem, or penicillin); liver or kidney disease; or are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What is the usual dosage?

    The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.

    Adults: Your doctor will administer the appropriate dose for you based on the type and severity of your infection.

    If you have kidney impairment, your doctor will adjust your dose appropriately.

    Children ≥9 months: Your doctor will administer the appropriate dose for your child, based on their weight.

  • How should I take Azactam?

    Your doctor will administer Azactam to you.

  • What should I avoid while taking Azactam?

    Do not miss your scheduled follow-up appointments with your doctor.

  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Azactam?

    No significant interactions have been reported with Azactam at this time. However, always tell your doctor about any medicines you take, including over-the-counter medications, vitamins, or herbal supplements.

  • What are the possible side effects of Azactam?

    Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.

    Side effects may include: diarrhea, discomfort or swelling at the injection site, fever, nausea, rash, vomiting

  • Can I receive Azactam if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    The effects of Azactam during pregnancy is unknown. Azactam can be found in your breast milk if you receive it while breastfeeding. Tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of Azactam?

    Azactam should be given under special circumstances determined by your doctor.

  • How should I store Azactam?

    Your doctor will store this medication for you.