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Aztreonam Nebulizer solution

It is used to improve breathing symptoms in patients with cystic fibrosis (CF) with certain bacteria... more

Generic Name: Cayston

What is this medicine?

AZTREONAM (AZ tree oh nam) is a monobactam antibiotic. It is used to improve breathing symptoms in patients with cystic fibrosis (CF) with certain bacteria in their lungs. It will not work for colds, flu, or other viral infections.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to aztreonam, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast-feeding

How should I use this medicine?

This medicine is for inhalation using a nebulizer. Nebulizers make a liquid into an aerosol that you breathe in through your mouth and into your lungs. You will be taught how to use your nebulizer. Use this medication as soon as you mix it. Do not mix more than one dose at a time. Do not mix with any other medicines in your nebulizer. Follow the directions on your prescription label. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed. Take all of your medicine as directed even if you think you are better. Do not skip doses or stop your medicine early.

You will get an information sheet with each prescription and refill. Read this sheet carefully each time. This sheet may change.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. While this drug may be prescribed for children as young as 7 years old for selected conditions, precautions do apply.

Overdosage: If you think you've taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Take your doses at least 4 hours apart. Do not take double or extra doses.

What may interact with this medicine?

Interactions are not expected.

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Visit your doctor or health care professional as directed. Tell your doctor or healthcare professional if your symptoms do not start to get better or if they get worse.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
  • breathing problems

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (Report these to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome.):

  • chest discomfort
  • cough
  • fever
  • nasal congestion
  • sore throat
  • stomach pain
  • vomiting

Where should I keep my medicine?

Keep out of the reach of children.

Store in the refrigerator between 2 and 8 degrees C (36 and 46 degrees F). You can also store this medicine at room temperature, up to 25 degrees C (77 degrees F) for up to 28 days. Protect from light. Do not use if the medicine is cloudy. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.

Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.


Last Updated: February 24, 2010
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