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Azactam (injection)

Generic name: Aztreonam (injection) [AZ-tree-oh-nam]
Brand name for:Azactam
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What is Azactam?

Azactam is an antibacterial.Azactam can be used to treat serious infections in the skin, blood, bladder, lungs, or reproductive organs.Azactam can be used in other ways not mentioned in the medication guide.

Side effects of Azactam

If you experience symptoms of an allergy (hives), difficulty breathing (swelling in the face and throat), or severe skin reactions (fever or burning, sore eyes, pain on your skin, or red, purple, or blistered skin with peeling or blistering), seek emergency medical attention.

Azactam may cause serious side effects. If you experience:

  • Severe abdominal pain, diarrhea, watery or bleeding;
  • Chest pain;
  • Easy bruising and bleeding
  • A seizure;
  • Liver problems: loss of appetite, pain in the upper right corner of your stomach, dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice

Azactam can cause the following side effects:

  • Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea;
  • Rash;
  • Vaginal itching, or discharge
  • Pain, bruising, or swelling where the medication was injected.

There may be other side effects. For medical advice on side effects, call your doctor. Report side effects by calling the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.


Please read all the instructions on the label or package of your medication. Inform your doctors about your allergies and medical conditions. Inform them which medications you are currently taking.

Before you take this drug

Azactam should be avoided if it is an allergen.

If you've ever:

  • Kidney disease
  • Liver diseases
  • Allergies can be of any kind.

Tell your doctor immediately if you have an allergy to other medications, such as:

  • Similar antibiotics include imipenem or meropenem.
  • Cephalosporins such as Cefdinir (also known as Cefprozil), Ceftin (also known as Cefzil), Omnicef Keflex, and other cephalosporins
  • A penicillin antibiotic, such as Amoxil (Amoxil), Augmentin (Augmentin), Moxatag, and other brands

Azactam is known to cause harm to an unborn child. Inform your doctor that you're pregnant.Breast-feeding may be unsafe while taking this medication. You should consult your physician about possible risks.Azactam should not be used by children younger than nine months.

How to take  Azactam?

Read all the instructions or guides that come with your medication and follow all the directions. Follow the directions on your prescription label.Azactam can be injected directly into the muscle or infused into a vein. You may be taught how to use this medication properly by a healthcare professional.The duration of treatment will depend on the severity of your infection.Please read and follow all instructions for use that come with your medication. Azactam should not be used if the instructions are unclear. If you still have any questions, ask your pharmacist or doctor.Only prepare your injection when you're ready to administer it. If the color of your medicine changes or if it has any particles, do not use it. For new medication, call your pharmacist.Azactam should be mixed in a liquid before use. If you are using the injections yourself, make sure that you know how to mix and store them. Only use the diluent your pharmacist or doctor has prescribed.Azactam, unmixed, should be stored at room temperature, away from heat and moisture. Store mixed medication in the refrigerator for 7 days or at room temperature for up to 48 hours.Azactam can be mixed with other antibiotics to form a solution. This type of solution may require a different storage method. Be sure to follow all instructions for storage.Azactam supplied in plastic containers as a frozen liquid solution should be kept in the freezer. Keep the freezer at 4 Fahrenheit below zero or lower if possible.The medicine can be thawed in the refrigerator or at room temperature. The medicine should not be heated. Azactam must be taken within two weeks of thawing in the refrigerator or within 48 hours at room temperature.Azactam can be given until the infection is cleared or you are symptom-free for 48 hours.Even if you feel better quickly, continue to take this medication for the entire prescribed time. You can get an infection resistant to the medication if you skip doses. Azactam does not treat viral infections such as the flu and a common cold.

What happens if I miss the dose?

If you are almost due for the next dose, skip the dose that was missed. Never take two doses of the same medicine at once.

What happens if I overdose?

Call 1-800-222-1222 for poison help or seek immediate medical attention.

Avoid this

It is possible that antibiotics can lead to diarrhea. This could be an indication of a fresh infection. Call your doctor if you experience diarrhea that's watery or bleeding.

Interaction with other drug

Azactam may interact with other drugs, such as prescription or over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and herbal products. Inform your doctor of all the medicines you are taking and those that you stop or start using.