Consumer Medicine Information
What is in this leaflet
This leaflet answers some common questions about AZACTAM.* It does not take the place
of talking to your doctor or pharmacist.
All medicines have risks and benefits. Your doctor has weighed the risks of you taking
AZACTAM against the benefits that are expected. This leaflet does not contain everything
about AZACTAM. Your doctor has been provided with full information and can answer
any questions you may have. Follow your doctor's advice even if it differs from what
is in this leaflet.
Please read this leaflet carefully and keep it in a safe place so you may refer to
What AZACTAM is used for
AZACTAM is used for the treatment of serious infections caused by bacteria. AZACTAM
may be used in the treatment of infections present in various parts of the body and
sometimes AZACTAM is given with other antibiotics.
Your doctor may have prescribed AZACTAM for another use. Ask your doctor if you have
any questions about why AZACTAM was prescribed for you.
How AZACTAM works
AZACTAM works by killing or preventing the growth of the bacteria that is causing
The use of AZACTAM to treat your condition can lead to side-effects, which are discussed
How AZACTAM is used
AZACTAM will be administered as an injection or infusion in a hospital or clinic.
Your doctor or nurse will administer AZACTAM to you. AZACTAM may be used alone or
with other medicines.
Before you receive AZACTAM
When you must not take AZACTAM:
You must not take AZACTAM if you have a history of severe allergic reactions to AZACTAM
or to any of the ingredients listed at the end of this leaflet.
Tell your doctor if you have allergies to:
any other medicines, particularly antibiotics
any other substances, such as foods, preservatives or dyes.
Tell your doctor if you have or have had any medical conditions, especially the following:
You have diarrhoea or usually get diarrhoea when you take antibiotics or have ever
suffered problems with your bowel. If you develop severe, prolonged or bloody diarrhoea
during or after using AZACTAM. This side effect may be serious and require treatment.
Do not treat with over-the-counter diarrhoea treatments, please consult your doctor.
You have or have had liver disease
You are pregnant or intend to become pregnant
You are breast-feeding or plan to breast-feed
You have renal (kidney) impairment
Taking other medicines
It is especially important to tell your doctor if you are taking any other medicines,
including any that you buy without a prescription from your pharmacy, supermarket
or health food shop. These medicines may be affected by AZACTAM or they may affect
how well AZACTAM works.
Tell your doctor if you are taking any other medicines; especially if you are taking
any of the following:
Probenecid (medicine to treat gout)
Frusemide (medicine that reduces fluid)
Know the medicines you take. Keep a list of your medicines with you to show your doctor
If you have not told your doctor about any of the above, tell them before you take
While you are receiving AZACTAM
Things you must do:
If you get severe diarrhoea tell your doctor or nurse immediately even if it occurs
several weeks after AZACTAM has been stopped. Diarrhoea may mean that you have a serious
condition affecting your bowel. You may need urgent medical care. Do not take any
diarrhoea medicine without checking with your doctor first.
You must tell your doctor immediately if you become pregnant during AZACTAM treatment
Tell all of the doctors, dentists and pharmacists who are treating you that you are
If you are about to be started on any new medicine, tell your doctor and pharmacist
that you are taking AZACTAM.
How to take AZACTAM
The dose of AZACTAM will be determined by your doctor; your doctor will consider the
severity and location of your infection, your size and your medical history.
The dose of AZACTAM can range from 1.5g to 8g each day. This dose is given over 2,
3 or 4 injections throughout a 24-hour period. AZACTAM will be injected directly into
your vein over 3-5 minutes or it will be administered as an infusion over 30 minutes.
AZACTAM can also be administered as an injection into a large muscle, such as the
buttocks or thigh.
The AZACTAM injection will be prepared and administered by your doctor or nurse. You
will not administer AZACTAM yourself.
If too much is given (overdose)
As your dose of AZACTAM will be determined and administered by a doctor, the chance
of receiving an overdose is most unlikely. However, if an overdose should be given
your doctor will give the appropriate treatment.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist as soon as possible if you do not feel well while you
are taking AZACTAM.
Like all medicines, it is possible that AZACTAM may have unwanted side effects in
some people. During treatment with AZACTAM you will require close medical supervision.
The more common side effects of AZACTAM are:
Allergic reaction, itchy skin, flushing
Rash, red/purple spots under the surface of the skin (bleeding under the skin), dermatitis
Changes in blood cell counts and liver function tests (these will be monitored by
Diarrhoea, nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramps/bloating, mouth ulcer, altered taste
Soreness at the injection site
Tell your doctor if you notice any of the following -
Oral thrush - white, furry, sore tongue and mouth
Vaginal thrush - sore and itchy vagina and/or discharge, itching or burning while
Swelling, pain or inflammation at the site of the injection
Any change to your bowel habits - diarrhoea or constipation, pain in the gut, indigestion
or upset stomach
Skin rash or itchiness, skin redness
confusion, impairment of consciousness, epilepsy (fits or seizures), movement disorders;
particularly in patients with renal (kidney) impairment and in association with beta-lactam
Tell your doctor immediately, or go to accident and emergency at your nearest hospital
if you notice any of the following:
Signs of allergic reaction, such as swelling of the face, lips, tongue and/or throat
with difficulty in swallowing or breathing.
Severe and sudden onset of pinkish, itchy swellings
blistering of the skin usually on the trunk or genital areas
ulcers in the eyes or mouth
fever, generally feeing unwell, flu-like symptoms
Severe, persistent or bloody diarrhoea (which may be associated with stomach pain
or fever). This is a rare side effect which may occur after treatment with antibiotics
and can be a sign of serious bowel inflammation.
These are serious side effects. You may need urgent medical attention or hospitalisation.
After treatment with AZACTAM is finished.
Tell your doctor immediately if you notice any of the following side effects, particularly
if they occur several weeks after the treatment with AZACTAM has stopped -
severe abdominal cramps or stomach cramps
watery and severe diarrhoea, which may also be bloody
fever with one or both of the above symptoms
Although these side effects are rare, you may have a serious condition affecting your
bowel and may need urgent medical attention. Do not take medicine to treat diarrhoea
without first checking with your doctor.
Other side effects not listed above may also occur in some patients. Tell your doctor
if you notice anything else that is making you feel unwell.
AZACTAM for is a white powder that is prepared a solution intended for injection by
your doctor or nurse.
Active Ingredient: Aztreonam
Inactive Ingredients: L-arginine
AZACTAM will be stored in the hospital or pharmacy under the appropriate conditions.
Bristol-Myers Squibb Australia Pty Ltd,
4 Nexus Court, Mulgrave,
Victoria 3170, Australia
AZACTAM 1g vial (pack of 10 vials) (AUST R 14032)
Where to get further information
Your doctor is the best person to answer any further questions you may have about
AZACTAM. Anything your doctor tells you about AZACTAM should be followed even if it
is different from what is in this leaflet.
Date of Preparation: June 2019
*AZACTAM is a registered trademark of Bristol-Myers Squibb Company.