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Aztreonam

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Notes
Related terms
Uses
Dosing
Safety
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Notes

    Related terms
    • Brand Names: U.S.: Azactam®;Cayston®
    • Pharmacologic Category: Antibiotic, Miscellaneous

    Uses
    • It is used to treat bacterial infections.
    • Aztreonam works to harm the bacteria and fight the infection.

    Dosing

    How to take

    • Shot:
    • It is given as a shot into a muscle or vein.
    • Liquid for breathing in:
    • For breathing in only as a liquid (solution) by a special machine (nebulizer) into the lungs.
    • Use a puffer (inhaler) that helps open your airways before using this drug. Talk with your doctor.
    • Use this drug after other breathed in drugs.

    Missed Dose

    • Call your doctor to find out what to do.

    Storage

    • Shot:
    • Store as you have been told by your doctor.
    • Liquid for breathing in:
    • Store in a refrigerator or at room temperature. If stored at room temperature, throw away any part not used after 28 days.
    • Protect from light.
    • Use right away after mixing.

    Safety



    Avoid

    • If you have an allergy to aztreonam or any other part of this drug.
    • Tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs. Make sure to tell about the allergy and what signs you had. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.

    Precautions

    • All products:
    • Check all drugs you are taking with your doctor. This drug may not mix well with some other drugs.
    • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant.
    • Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding.
    • Shot:
    • If you have kidney disease, talk with your doctor.

    Side Effects

    • Upset stomach or throwing up. Many small meals, good mouth care, sucking hard, sugar-free candy, or chewing sugar-free gum may help.
    • Loose stools. Yogurt or probiotics may help. You may get these products at health food stores or in some pharmacies.
    • Cough.

    Monitoring

    • Change in the health problem being treated. Is it better, worse, or about the same?
    • For unwanted side effects of this drug.

    Contact a healthcare provider

    • If you think there was an overdose, call your local poison control center or ER right away.
    • Signs of a very bad reaction to the drug. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; seizures; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat.
    • Trouble breathing.
    • Very upset stomach or throwing up.
    • Very loose stools, even after drug is stopped.
    • Very bad irritation where the shot was given.
    • Any rash.
    • Health problem is not better or you are feeling worse.

    General Statements

    • If you have a very bad allergy, wear an allergy ID at all times.
    • Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
    • Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
    • Most drugs may be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.
    • In Canada, take any unused drugs to the pharmacy. Also, visit http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hl-vs/iyh-vsv/med/disposal-defaire-eng.php#th to learn about the right way to get rid of unused drugs.
    • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
    • Call your doctor for help with any side effects. If in the U.S., you may also call the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or if in Canada, you may also call Health Canada's Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.
    • Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including OTC, natural products, or vitamins.

    Author information
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    The information in this monograph is intended for informational purposes only, and is meant to help users better understand health concerns. Information is based on review of scientific research data, historical practice patterns, and clinical experience. This information should not be interpreted as specific medical advice. Users should consult with a qualified healthcare provider for specific questions regarding therapies, diagnosis and/or health conditions, prior to making therapeutic decisions.


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