What Is Aztreonam Injection Used For?

How Does This Drug Work?

Aztreonam injection 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.
 

Can Children Use It?

Aztreonam injection 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 aztreonam injection in children.
 

Is It Safe for Older Adults to Use Aztreonam Injection?

There were not enough older adults in clinical trials to determine whether they would respond to or tolerate this medication any differently than younger individuals. Because this medicine 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 doses.  
 

What About Off-Label Uses?

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 aztreonam injection may include:
 
 

Aztreonam Injection Information

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