Sulbactam is used in combination with penicillins and other beta-lactam antibiotics to treat bacterial infections. It is often prescribed in cases where other beta-lactam antibiotics are ineffective. Sulbactam is used to treat pseudomonas infections, staph infections resistant to methicillin, gynecological infections, intra-abdominal infections and skin infections.


What is Sulbactam?

Sulbactam inhibits the beta-lactamase enzyme. In this way, it stimulates a protective effect against antibiotics that would otherwise be inactivated by its action.


How should Sulbactam be taken?

Sulbactam can be taken orally or in the form of injections (intravenously or intramuscularly)


Side effects associated with Sulbactam

The most common and severe side effects caused by sulbactam are exfoliative dermatitis and bone marrow suppression.


Among the other possible side effects of Sulbactam include the following:


  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Abdominal pains
  • Urination difficulties
  • Epistaxis
  • Inflammation of the tongue
  • Nausea


 You should immediately contact a doctor if you experience:


  • Rash
  • Urticaria
  • Itch
  • Difficulty breathing or swallowing
  • Tightness in the chest
  • Swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue
  • Convulsions


Contraindications and warnings associated with the use of Sulbactam

Before starting treatment with Sulbactam, it is important to tell your doctor if:


  • You have any allergies to the active substance, its excipients or any other drugs (particularly to penicillin or other antibiotics) or food
  • You are taking any other medications, herbal remedies or supplements
  • You are suffering (or have suffered) from diseases and health problems (in particular diabetes)
  • You are taking oral contraceptives
  • You are pregnant or breast-feeding


It is also important to inform physicians, surgeons and dentists of any ongoing treatment with Sulbactam.