True/False Quiz | CAYSTON® (aztreonam for inhalation solution)

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Question 1/6

You can save time by doing your other cystic fibrosis treatments at the same time because the order doesn't matter.

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If you are taking several medicines or treatments to manage your CF symptoms, guidelines recommend that you take them in this order1:

  1. Bronchodilators to open the airways
  2. Mucolytics to make the mucus thinner
  3. Airway Clearance Techniques to help clear mucus from your lungs
  4. Inhaled antibiotics to treat the infection

“Inhaled antibiotics always after, not while wearing the Vest!” - Emily, Living with CF

1. Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Antibiotics.

Question 2/6

Your CAYSTON should always be stored at room temperature.

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CAYSTON vials should be stored in the refrigerator at 36 °F to 46 °F until you begin your course of therapy. Once removed from the refrigerator, your CAYSTON and saline may be stored at room temperature (less than 77 °F) for up to 28 days. Do not use any CAYSTON that has been stored at room temperature for more than 28 days.1

“Before starting my treatment cycle, CAYSTON has got to be kept in the fridge. Then once I’ve started my CAYSTON treatment, it stays at room temperature for up to 28 days. I just need to watch out for extreme temperatures and keep CAYSTON protected from light.” - Brian, Living with CF

1. CAYSTON. Prescribing information. Gilead sciences; 2019.

Question 3/6

You only need to clean the aerosol head and not the whole handset after each use.

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After each treatment, disconnect and disassemble the ALTERA® Nebulizer Handset part as per the manufacturer's Instructions For Use. Thoroughly rinse each disassembled part under warm running tap water for approximately 10 seconds each. Rinse the aerosol head for at least 10 full seconds on each side.1

“It is important to rinse the ALTERA handset, at a minimum, after each treatment so that the handset does not get blocked by medication. It is important to never use a brush or any other object to clean the aerosol head. Always remember to rinse both sides of the aerosol head after each treatment to help prevent clogging.” - Mark, Living with CF

1. ALTERA Nebulizer System Instructions for Use. PARI Respiratory Equipment, Inc.; 2010.

Question 4/6

Do not mix your CAYSTON with the saline until right before you are ready to take it.

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According to the CAYSTON Prescribing Information, you should mix your CAYSTON with the saline right before you are ready to use it.1

“Before mixing, check the expiration date on the CAYSTON vial and the saline ampule, and do not use them if beyond the expiration date. Also, remember to look at the saline ampule and throw it away if it looks cloudy!” – Lisa, mom of son and daughter with CF

1. CAYSTON. Prescribing information. Gilead Sciences; 2019.

Question 5/6

Once you start to feel better, you can stop taking your CAYSTON.

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Complete the full 28-day course of CAYSTON even if you are feeling better because not doing so will decrease the effectiveness of treatment and increase the chances of developing resistance which may cause CAYSTON and other antibacterial drugs to not work as well in the future.1

“3 times a day at least four hours apart for your CAYSTON month! It is common to feel better early in the course of treatment with CAYSTON, but you still have to finish the full 28-day course.” - Kat, mom of son with CF

1.CAYSTON. Prescribing information. Gilead Sciences; 2019.

Question 6/6

The most common side effects of CAYSTON are a bad taste in your mouth and ringing in your ears.

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The most common side effects of CAYSTON include1:

  • cough
  • nasal congestion
  • wheezing
  • sore throat
  • fever, which may be more common in children than in adults
  • chest discomfort
  • vomiting
  • stomach area (abdominal) pain

Other possible side effects of CAYSTON include swelling or pain in joints. These are not all the possible side effects of CAYSTON.

Brian, living with CF

“If you experience side effects, you should talk to your doctor. They can help.” - Brian, Living with CF

1. CAYSTON. Prescribing information. Gilead Sciences; 2019.


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