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Aztreonam (AZ tree oh nam)

Pediatric Medication

Brand Names: U.S.

Azactam; Azactam in Dextrose; Cayston

Brand Names: Canada

Cayston

What is this drug used for?

  • It is used to treat bacterial infections.

What do I need to tell the doctor BEFORE my child takes this drug?

  • If your child has an allergy to this drug or any part of this drug.
  • If your child is allergic to any drugs like this one or any other drugs, foods, or other substances. Tell the doctor about the allergy and what signs your child had, like rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
This drug may interact with other drugs or health problems.
Tell the doctor and pharmacist about all of your child’s drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for your child to take this drug with all of their drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug your child takes without checking with the doctor.

What are some things I need to know or do while my child takes this drug?

All products:

  • Tell dentists, surgeons, and other doctors that your child is using this drug.
  • Very bad and sometimes deadly allergic side effects have rarely happened. Talk with your child’s doctor.
  • Do not give to your child longer than you have been told. A second infection may happen.

If your child is pregnant or breast-feeding a baby:

  • Talk with the doctor if your child is pregnant, becomes pregnant, or is breast-feeding a baby. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks of using this drug.

Shot:

  • Have your child’s blood work checked. Talk with your child’s doctor.

What are some side effects that I need to call my child’s doctor about right away?

WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your child’s doctor or get medical help right away if your child has any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:

All products:

  • Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Shot:

  • Pain where the shot was given.
  • Redness or swelling where the shot is given.
  • Any bruising or bleeding.
  • Very bad skin irritation.
  • It is common to have loose stools (diarrhea) when taking this drug. Rarely, a very bad and sometimes deadly form of loose stools may occur (pseudomembranous colitis). This may happen while your child is taking this drug or within a few months after he/she stops taking it. Call your child’s doctor right away if your child has stomach pain or cramps, very loose or watery stools, or bloody stools. Do not try to treat loose stools without first checking with the doctor.

Liquid for breathing in:

  • Chest pain.
  • Cough that does not go away.
  • Lung function has gotten worse in some people after taking this drug for 28 days. Have your child’s lung function checked while taking this drug. Call the doctor right away if your child’s breathing problems are new or worse after starting this drug.

What are some other side effects of this drug?

All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your child’s doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother your child or do not go away:

All products:

  • Upset stomach or throwing up.

Shot:

  • Loose stools (diarrhea).

Liquid for breathing in:

  • Cough.
  • Stuffy nose.
  • Sore throat.
  • Belly pain.
These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your child’s doctor. Call your child’s doctor for medical advice about side effects.
You may report side effects to your national health agency.

How is this drug best given?

Give this drug as ordered by your child’s doctor. Read and follow the dosing on the label closely.

All products:

  • Give as you have been told, even if your child feels well.
  • To gain the most benefit, do not miss giving your child doses.
  • Do not use if the solution is cloudy, leaking, or has particles.

Shot:

  • It is given as a shot into a muscle or vein.
  • Your child’s doctor may teach you how to give this drug.
  • Follow how to use carefully.
  • Do not use if solution changes color.
  • Throw away needles in a needle/sharp disposal box. When the box is full, follow all local rules for getting rid of it. Talk with a doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.

Liquid for breathing in:

  • Follow how to give this drug as you have been told by your child’s doctor. Do not give more than you were told to give.
  • For breathing in only.
  • Your child will use by breathing in from the mouth with a special machine (nebulizer). Your child’s doctor will teach you the right way to use.
  • Use right away after mixing.
  • Do not mix other drugs in nebulizer.
  • Use a puffer (inhaler) that helps open your child’s airways before giving this drug. Talk with your child’s doctor.
  • Give this drug after other breathed in drugs.

What do I do if my child misses a dose?

All products:

  • Give a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
  • Do not give 2 doses at the same time or extra doses.

Shot:

  • If it is close to the time for your child’s next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your child’s normal time.

Liquid for breathing in:

  • If the next dose is less than 4 hours away, skip the missed dose and go back to your child’s normal time.

How do I store and/or throw out this drug?

Shot:

  • Most of the time, this drug will be given in a hospital or doctor’s office. If stored at home, follow how to store as you were told by the 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.
  • Do not freeze.

All products:

  • Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to throw out unused drugs.

General drug facts

  • If your child’s symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your child’s doctor.
  • Do not share your child’s drug with others and do not give anyone else’s drug to your child.
  • Keep a list of all your child’s drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your child’s doctor.
  • Talk with your child’s doctor before giving your child any new drug, including prescription or OTC, natural products, or vitamins.
  • Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. If you have any questions about this drug, please talk with your child’s doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.

Consumer Information Use and Disclaimer

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only the healthcare provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for a specific patient. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from the healthcare provider. You must talk with the healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.

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