Some general considerations for when and how to use 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.
The dose of Azactam your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on several factors, including:
- Your age
- Your weight (in children)
- The location and severity of the infection being treated
- The bacteria causing the infection
- How well your kidneys are functioning.
As is always the case, do not adjust your dosage unless your healthcare provider specifically tells you to do so.
(Click Azactam Dosage for more information.)