Azactam is an antibiotic medicine that works by killing bacteria. It does this by preventing the bacteria from making their cell walls. Because bacteria need their cell walls to survive, this causes the bacteria to die.
This drug is approved for use in children as young as nine months old. It has not been adequately studied in younger age groups.
This medication has also not been adequately studied in children with skin and skin structure infections caused by a certain type of bacteria (Haemophilus influenza) or in children with blood infections. Talk with your child's healthcare provider about the risks and benefits of using Azactam in children.
There were not enough older adults in Azactam clinical trials to determine whether they would respond to or tolerate this medication any differently than younger individuals. Because Azactam is removed from the body by the kidneys, lower doses are generally recommended in people who have reduced kidney function. In general, kidney function declines with age.
Therefore, older individuals may need to have tests to check how well their kidneys are working, and may need to be treated with lower Azactam doses.
On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend this medicine for treating something other than the conditions discussed in this article. This is known as an "off-label" use. Possible off-label uses for Azactam may include: