Information about Sulbactam

Sulbactam Uses

Sulbactam is used in the treatment of severe bacterial infections. It treats severe bacterial infections (most commonly pneumonia, bacteremia and skin and skin structure infections) caused by the pathogen Acinetobacter baumanii.

How Sulbactam works

Sulbactam is a beta-lactamase inhibitor. It works by blocking an enzyme called beta lactamase produced by bacteria to inactivate antibiotics. Sulbactam is frequently combined with beta-lactam antibiotics, such as ampicillin, cefoperazone, meropenem. As a single medicine, it treats infection caused by a type of bacterium called Acinetobacter baumanii. This activity is mediated by its interaction with certain proteins.

Common side effects of Sulbactam

Diarrhea, Injection site pain
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Available Medicine for Sulbactam

AcinostopGlenmark Pharmaceuticals Ltd
443 to ₹7022 variant(s)
KivizaLa Renon Healthcare Pvt Ltd
295 to ₹5502 variant(s)
SulbacipCipla Ltd
390 to ₹7502 variant(s)
Marzon SBEris Lifesciences Ltd
300 to ₹5002 variant(s)
190 to ₹4282 variant(s)
AddbactamFusion Healthcare Pvt Ltd
269 to ₹4992 variant(s)

Expert advice for Sulbactam

  • Sulbactam is used in treatment of severe bacterial infections, in combination with certain antibiotics. 
  • It is also used alone in the treatment of serious infections caused by pathogen Acinetobacter baumannii including those resistant to other antibiotics.
  • It is preferentially given as an injection directly into a vein over a period of 15-60 minutes.
  • When used alone, it is associated with few adverse effects, mainly pain at the injection site and diarrhea.

Frequently asked questions for Sulbactam


Q. Is Sulbactam used alone?

Sulbactam is usually combined with other antibiotics to treat bacterial infection. However, Sulbactam is used alone to treat severe bacterial infection caused by bacteria Acinetobacter baumannii.


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