AZACTAM is used for the treatment of serious infections caused by bacteria. AZACTAM may be used in the treatment of infections present in various parts of the body and sometimes AZACTAM is given with other antibiotics.
Your doctor may have prescribed AZACTAM for another use. Ask your doctor if you have any questions about why AZACTAM was prescribed for you.
AZACTAM works by killing or preventing the growth of the bacteria that is causing your infection.
The use of AZACTAM to treat your condition can lead to side-effects, which are discussed below.
AZACTAM will be administered as an injection or infusion in a hospital or clinic. Your doctor or nurse will administer AZACTAM to you. AZACTAM may be used alone or with other medicines.
Tell your doctor if you have allergies to:
Tell your doctor if you have or have had any medical conditions, especially the following:
It is especially important to tell your doctor if you are taking any other medicines, including any that you buy without a prescription from your pharmacy, supermarket or health food shop. These medicines may be affected by AZACTAM or they may affect how well AZACTAM works.
Tell your doctor if you are taking any other medicines; especially if you are taking any of the following:
Know the medicines you take. Keep a list of your medicines with you to show your doctor or pharmacist.
If you have not told your doctor about any of the above, tell them before you take AZACTAM.
The dose of AZACTAM will be determined by your doctor; your doctor will consider the severity and location of your infection, your size and your medical history.
The dose of AZACTAM can range from 1.5g to 8g each day. This dose is given over 2, 3 or 4 injections throughout a 24-hour period. AZACTAM will be injected directly into your vein over 3-5 minutes or it will be administered as an infusion over 30 minutes. AZACTAM can also be administered as an injection into a large muscle, such as the buttocks or thigh.
The AZACTAM injection will be prepared and administered by your doctor or nurse. You will not administer AZACTAM yourself.
As your dose of AZACTAM will be determined and administered by a doctor, the chance of receiving an overdose is most unlikely. However, if an overdose should be given your doctor will give the appropriate treatment.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist as soon as possible if you do not feel well while you are taking AZACTAM.
Like all medicines, it is possible that AZACTAM may have unwanted side effects in some people. During treatment with AZACTAM you will require close medical supervision.
The more common side effects of AZACTAM are:
Tell your doctor if you notice any of the following -
Tell your doctor immediately, or go to accident and emergency at your nearest hospital if you notice any of the following:
These are serious side effects. You may need urgent medical attention or hospitalisation.
Tell your doctor immediately if you notice any of the following side effects, particularly if they occur several weeks after the treatment with AZACTAM has stopped -
Although these side effects are rare, you may have a serious condition affecting your bowel and may need urgent medical attention. Do not take medicine to treat diarrhoea without first checking with your doctor.
Other side effects not listed above may also occur in some patients. Tell your doctor if you notice anything else that is making you feel unwell.
AZACTAM for is a white powder that is prepared a solution intended for injection by your doctor or nurse.
Active Ingredient: Aztreonam
Inactive Ingredients: L-arginine
AZACTAM will be stored in the hospital or pharmacy under the appropriate conditions.