What is it? Overview Usage Side Effects and Warnings

Aztreonam Overview

Written by FoundHealth.

(AZ tree oh nam)

U.S. Brand Names

Azactam®; Cayston®

Canadian Brand Names


Pharmacologic Category

Antibiotic, Miscellaneous

Reasons not to take this medicine

• If you have an allergy to aztreonam or any other part of this medicine.

• Tell healthcare provider if you are allergic to any medicine. Make sure to tell about the allergy and how it affected you. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other symptoms involved.

How does it work?

• Aztreonam works to injure the bacteria and fight the infection.

How is it best taken?


• This medicine is given as a shot into a muscle or vein.


• For inhaling as a liquid (solution) through a special machine (nebulizer) into the lungs.

• Use an inhaler that helps open your airways before using this medicine. Talk with healthcare provider.

• Use this medicine after other inhaled medicines.

What do I do if I miss a dose? (does not apply to patients in the hospital)

• Call healthcare provider for instructions.

What should I monitor?

• Change in condition being treated. Is it better, worse, or about the same?

• If you are diabetic, this medicine may interfere with Clinitest®. Use another method of urine glucose testing like Clinistix® or Tes-Tape®.

• For the occurrence of side effects.

How should I store this medicine?


• Store as directed by healthcare provider.


• Store in a refrigerator or at room temperature. If stored at room temperature, throw away any unused portion after 28 days.

• Protect from light.

• Use right away after mixing.

General statements

• If you have a life-threatening allergy, wear allergy identification at all times.

• Do not share your medicine with others and do not take anyone else's medicine.

• Keep all medicine out of the reach of children and pets.

• Most medicines can be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.

• Keep a list of all your medicines (prescription, natural products, supplements, vitamins, over-the-counter) with you. Give this list to healthcare provider (doctor, nurse, nurse practitioner, pharmacist, physician assistant).

• Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or in Canada to Health Canada's Canada Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.

• Talk with healthcare provider before starting any new medicine, including over-the-counter, natural products, or vitamins.

Created: 2005-04-07 16:20:30.0

Modified: 2010-03-09 08:27:44.0

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