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Composition FOR ERTEM

Ertapenem(1000 mg)

food interaction for ERTEM

alcohol interaction for ERTEM

pregnancy interaction for ERTEM

lactation interaction for ERTEM

medicine interaction for ERTEM

It can be taken with or without food, but it is better to take Ertem 1000mg injection at a fixed time.
Interaction with alcohol is unknown. Please consult your doctor.
Ertem 1000mg injection is probably safe to use during pregnancy.
Animal studies have shown low or no adverse effect on the foetus, however, there are limited human studies. Please consult your doctor.
Unknown. Human and animal studies are not available. Please consult your doctor.


Ertapenem(1000 mg)


Ertem 1000mg injection is used in serious bacterial infections and prevention of infection after surgery of the colon or rectum

How it works

Ertem 1000mg injection is an antibiotic. It kills the bacteria by attacking their cell wall. Specifically, it prevents the synthesis of a substance in the cell wall called peptidoglycan, which provides the cell wall with the strength required for survival of bacteria in human body.

Common side effects

Nausea, Vomiting, Seizure


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Expert advice FOR ERTEM

  • Do not start ertapenem, if you are allergic to ertapenem, or to any of the other ingredients in ertapenem tablets, or other antibiotics such as penicillins, cephalosporins or carbapenems.
  • Do not take ertapenem, if you have developed diarrhea just before or after taking ertapenem.
  • Doctor’s advice should be considered in case of patients with following history of disease conditions: kidney disease (especially if you are receiving dialysis treatments), localized tremors, or fits; high blood pressure or other diseases.
  • Avoid using ertapenem, if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or breast-feeding.

Frequently asked questions FOR ERTEM


Q. Is ertapenem and penicillin or a sulfa drug or a beta lactam or does ertapenem contain penicillin?
Ertapenem is an antibiotic of the beta-lactam group, similar in structure to penicillins. However, they are used for the treatment of different infections. Ertapenem is not a sulfa drug

Q. what is ertapenem used for?
Ertapenem is used to treat infections in various parts of the body caused by bacteria that are susceptible it. These include gynecologic and abdominal infections, pneumonia, skin and underlying tissue infections due to diabetes (e.g. diabetic foot). It is also used to prevent infection after certain types of surgeries

Q. What is ertapenem sodium?
Ertapenem sodium is sodium salt of the ertapenem antibiotic

Q. Is ertapenem nephrotoxic?
Yes. It increases serum creatinine and serum urea

Q. What is ertapenem IV?
Ertapenem IV is intravenous preparation of ertapenem i.e. solution of ertapenem that is used for direct injection into a blood vessel (vein) over few minutes or hours

Q. Does ertapenem cover enterococcus or enterococcus faecalis or pseudomonas?
No, ertapenem is not effective against enterococcus or enterococcus faecalis and pseudomonas at all

Q. Does ertapenem cover VRE or ESBL or MSSA?
Ertapenem covers ESBL (extended spectrum beta lactamase) producing bacteria as well as MSSA (methicillin sensitive staphylococcus aureus). It does not cover and is ineffective to treat VRE (vancomycin resistant enterococci)

Q. Is ertapenem compatible with d5w?
Ertapenem is not compatible with dextrose 5% injection solution

Q. Is ertapenem a vesicant?
Ertapenem is not a vesicant. However, leakage of the ertapenem solution during injection can cause pain and swelling of the surrounding skin and underlying tissue, as well as skin ulceration.


Content on this page was last updated on 12 January, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)