The usual recommended dosage of Azactam for treating mild-to-moderate infections in children is 30 mg per kg body weight (13.6 mg per lb) every eight hours. For moderate-to-severe infections, the usual recommended dose is 30 mg per kg every six or eight hours.
It is recommended that children receive Azactam as an IV injection. This is because intramuscular administration of Azactam has not been adequately studied in children. Azactam has also not been adequately studied in children with kidney disease and is, therefore, only recommended for use in children whose kidneys are functioning normally.
Some considerations to keep in mind during treatment with Azactam include the following:
- This medication is given as an injection into a vein (an intravenous, or IV, injection) or a muscle (an intramuscular, or IM, injection). It is usually given every 6 to 12 hours.
- Intravenous doses may be given directly into a vein over 3 to 5 minutes, or as a slow injection (an IV infusion) over a 20- to 60-minute period. IM injections are given into a large muscle, such as the buttocks or thigh.
- IV administration is recommended for serious infections and in the treatment of children.
- In general, Azactam treatment will continue for at least 48 hours after your infection has cleared to make sure the infection is entirely gone.
- For the medication to work properly, it must be used as prescribed. You should finish the entire course of this medication, even if you feel better. Skipping doses or stopping it too early could cause your infection to return or lead to the development of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
- If you are unsure about anything related to your dosage, please talk with your healthcare provider, nurse, or pharmacist.