Which medications in the drug class Monobactams are used in the treatment of Acute Pyelonephritis?

Updated: Jul 01, 2021
  • Author: Tibor Fulop, MD, PhD, FACP, FASN; Chief Editor: Vecihi Batuman, MD, FASN  more...
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Unlike the penicillins and cephalosporins, aztreonam is a monobactam. Monobactams such as aztreonam are bactericidal; however, they lack activity against gram-positive activity.

Aztreonam (Azactam)

Aztreonam is approved for the treatment of complicated and uncomplicated cystitis. It is approved for the treatment of pyelonephritis caused by Escherichia coli, Klebsiella pneumoniae, Proteus mirabilis, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Enterobacter cloacae, Klebsiella oxytoca, Citrobacter species, and Serratia marcescens. Aztreonam lacks cross-sensitivity with beta-lactam antibiotics and may be used in patients allergic to penicillins or cephalosporins. General dosing recommendations include administering 1 g IV every 8-12 hours.

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