Azactam is a medicine containing the active ingredient(s) aztreonam. On this page you will find out more about Azactam, including side effects, age restrictions, food interactions and whether the medicine is subsidised by the government on the pharmaceutical benefits scheme (PBS)
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Active ingredient in this medicine: aztreonam
Information for medicine and pack size:
Azactam 1 g powder for injection, 1 vial
Consumer Medicine Information leaflet:
This leaflet may also be found inside the medicine package. It contains information on side effects, age restrictions and other useful data.
What this medicine is for
INDICATIONS AS AT 23 MAY 1991: 1. Azactam is indicated for use as a single agent in the treatment of infections known or strongly suspected to be due to susceptible gram negative aerobes, such as urinary tract infection, gonorrhoea, etc. 2. In combination with other suitable antibiotics to treat serious infections due to problem organisms known or likely to be susceptible to aztreonam. Some patients with serious Pseudomonas infections may benefit from concurrent use of Azactam and an aminoglycoside because of synergistic action. However, this enhanced activity is not predictable. If such concurrent therapy is considered in patients with serious infections, susceptibility tests should be performed in vitro to determine the activity of the drugs in combination. Because of the potential nephrotoxicity and ototoxicity of aminoglycoside antibiotics, renal function should be monitored according to the aminoglycoside manufacturer's prescribing information, especially if high dosages of the aminoglycoside are to be used or if therapy is prolonged. 3. Meningitis caused by Haemophilus influenzae or Neisseria meningitidis. Azactam should not be used alone, but only in combination with other suitable antibiotics, in cases where meningitis is known or presumed to be due to the above organisms. Appropriate therapy should be instituted when results of sensitivity tests are known. Before instituting treatment with Azactam, appropriate specimens should be obtained for isolation of the causative organism(s) and for determination of susceptibility to aztreonam. Treatment with Azactam should normally be initiated on the basis of susceptibility tests, but it may be initiated in the above situations before the results of identification and sensitivity testing of the causative organism become available.
Table of characteristics
|Visual appearance||White to off-white, free flowing powder|
|Dosage Form||Injection, powder for|
|Route of administration||Intramuscular|
5 X 1g: Prescription Only Medicine, or Prescription Animal Remedy
There is one type of pack available.
Pack type 1
|Storage temperature||Store below 30 degrees Celsius|
|Storage conditions||No information available|
|Life time||4 Years|
We were unable to verify that this medicine is available on the PBS (Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme). Please consult your pharmacist if you need further information
The PBS provides a list of government subsidised medicines available to be dispensed to patients. Further information can be found on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme website.
Is this medication banned in sport?
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