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Meropenem

Molecule Description

Meropenem is an antibiotic used in the treatment of severe bacterial infections ...
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    Uses
    Contraindications
    Side effects
    Precautions and Warnings
    Mode of Action
    Interactions
    Dosage
    FAQs
    References
uses

Uses of Meropenem

  • Infection of covering of brain and spinal cord (meningitis)
  • Skin and skin structure infections like cellulitis
  • Infection affecting the lungs (pneumonia)
  • Complicated urinary tract infections
  • Complicated infections of the stomach and intestine
contraindications

Contraindications of Meropenem

When should one not use Meropenem

  • Have allergic reaction to Meropenem, Penicillins or Cephalosporins
  • Breastfeeding
  • Have kidney disease
sideEffects

Side effects of Meropenem

Common side effects of this drug are:

  • Severe allergic reactions - skin rash, itchy skin, swelling of face, vomiting, nausea
  • Stomach pain
  • Headache
  • Rise in numbers of platelets in the blood
  • Red or brown urine
  • Fits
  • Sore veins where Meronem is injected
  • Difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep
  • Black, bloody or tarry stools
  • Burning sensation while urinating
precautionsAndWarnings

Precautions and Warnings of Meropenem

pregnancy

Pregnancy

Q:
Can I take Meropenem during pregnancy?
A:
It is preferable to avoid this medicine during pregnancy as sufficient data is not avaialble to prove it’s safety.
breastfeeding

Breast Feeding

Q:
Can I take Meropenem while breastfeeding?
A:
Small amounts of this medicine may pass into breast milk. Take only if prescribed by your doctor.
driving

Driving

Q:
Can I drive if I have consumed Meropenem?
A:
Caution is advised as this medicine can cause muscle movements beyond your control or fits.
alcohol

Alcohol

Q:
Can I consume alcohol with Meropenem?
A:
No known interactions are known to occur.
otherGeneralWarnings

Other General Warnings

Talk to your doctor if
  • Fits
  • Brain disease
  • Kidney or liver disease
modeOfAction

Mode of Action of Meropenem

How Does It Work?

Meropenem prevents the growth of bacteria by attacking their cell wall, which results in the prevention of synthesis of peptidoglycan which provides the cell wall with the strength required for the su...
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interactions

Interactions of Meropenem

Interactions with other medicines

Meropenem can cause a severe problem when taken with few medicines at the same time. Inform your physician if you are taking any of like Probenecid (used for gout), Valproic Acid (used for epilepsy), ...
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Interactions with food items

No specific interactions with food have been reported.
dosage

Dosage of Meropenem

Overdose

The symptoms of overdose can be – headache, nausea, vomiting, constipation, etc. If you happen to receive an overdose of the medicine, seek emergency medical care immediately. The effects of an overdo...
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Missed a Dose

Do not have a double dose (two injections at the same time) to make up for a missed dose.

Content Details

WRITTEN BY
doctor

Dr. Arpit Verma

MBBS, MD (Pharmacology)

REVIEWED BY
doctor

Dr. Ritu Budania

MBBS, MD (Pharmacology)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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Q: What should I discuss with my healthcare expert before taking Meropenem?

A: Inform the doctor about your detailed medical, surgical and allergy history. Inform your physician if you have any of the conditions like kidney disease, history of head injury, if you are pregnant, breastfeeding or planning a pregnancy.
Last Updated on: 05 Oct 2020 | 10:47 PM (IST)

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