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Meropenem ( mer-oh-PEN-em) is used in the treatment of infections caused by bacteria. It works by killing bacteria or preventing their growth. This medicine will not work for colds, flu, or other virus infections.
This medicine is available only with your doctor's prescription, in the following dosage form:
Before Using This Medicine
In deciding to use a medicine, the risks of using the medicine must be weighed against the good it will do. This is a decision you and your doctor will make. For meropenem, the following should be considered:
Allergies- Tell your doctor if you have ever had any unusual or allergic reaction to meropenem, imipenem, penicillins, or cephalosporins. Also tell your health care professional if you are allergic to any other substances, such as foods, preservatives, or dyes.
Pregnancy- Studies have not been done in humans. However, meropenem has not been reported to cause birth defects or other problems in animal studies.
Breast-feeding- It is not known whether meropenem passes into the breast milk. Although most medicines pass into breast milk in small amounts, many of them may be used safely while breast-feeding. Mothers who are taking this medicine and who wish to breast-feed should discuss this with their doctor.
Children- This medicine has been tested in children 3 months of age and older and, in effective doses, has not been reported to cause different side effects or problems in children than it does in adults.
Older adults- Many medicines have not been studied specifically in older people. Therefore, it may not be known whether they work exactly the same way they do in younger adults. There is no specific information comparing use of meropenem in the elderly with use in other age groups.
Other medicines- Although certain medicines should not be used together at all, in other cases two different medicines may be used together even if an interaction might occur. In these cases, your doctor may want to change the dose, or other precautions may be necessary. When you are taking meropenem, it is especially important that your health care professional know if you are taking the following:
Other medical problems- The presence of other medical problems may affect the use of meropenem. Make sure you tell your doctor if you have any other medical problems, especially:
Proper Use of This Medicine
To help clear up your infection completely, meropenem must be given for the full time of treatment , even if you begin to feel better after a few days. Also, this medicine works best when there is a constant amount in the blood or urine. To help keep the amount constant, it must be given on a regular schedule.
The dose of meropenem will be different for different patients. If you are receiving this medicine at home, follow your doctor's orders or the directions on the label . The following information includes only the average doses of meropenem. If your dose is different, do not change it unless your doctor tells you to do so.
The amount of medicine that you receive depends on the strength of the medicine. Also, the number of doses you receive each day, the time allowed between doses, and the length of time you take the medicine depend on the medical problem for which you are receiving meropenem .
Precautions While Using This Medicine
Some patients may develop tremors or seizures while receiving this medicine. If you already have a history of seizures and you are taking anticonvulsants, you should continue to take them unless otherwise directed by your doctor.
In some patients, meropenem may cause diarrhea .
Side Effects of This Medicine
Side Effects of This Medicine
Along with its needed effects, a medicine may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.
Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur:
Also, check with your doctor if the following side effect occurs:
Other side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. However, check with your doctor if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome:
After you stop using this medicine, your body may need time to adjust. The length of time this takes depends on the amount of medicine you were using and how long you used it. During this period of time check with your doctor immediately if you notice any of the following side effects:
Other side effects not listed above may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your doctor.
Once a medicine has been approved for marketing for a certain use, experience may show that it is also useful for other medical problems. Although these uses are not included in product labeling, meropenem is used in certain patients with the following medical condition:
Other than the above information, there is no additional information relating to proper use, precautions, or side effects for its use.
Last updated: Tue, 06 Jan 2009 00:20:03 GMT