SALT INFORMATIONMeropenem(1000 mg)
Meropenem is used to treat bacterial infections of lung (pneumonia), brain (meningitis), urinary tract, abdomen, blood, skin and soft tissue. It is also used to treat lung and bronchial infections and infections during or after delivery. It may be used in the management of reduced white blood cells (neutropenic) patients with fever.
How it works
Meropenem belongs to a group of medicines called carbapenem beta-lactam antibiotics. It kills bacteria by inhibiting bacterial cell wall (outer coating of bacteria) formation. As a result, the bacterial cell wall is weakened and ruptures, thereby killing the bacteria.
Common side effects
itching of skin, inflammation and pain at the site of injection, raised, Increased blood platelets, nausea, fungal infection in mouth and vagina, numbness, abdominal pain, abnormal blood counts, vomiting, creatinine, increased level of bilirubin, burning of skin paresthesia, or urea in blood; inflammation of a vein caused by a blood clot, pale red, diarrhea, rash, itchy skin rash., pricking, tingling, headache
Meropenem is given as an injection directly into a vein by a doctor or nurse using water for injections or a suitable infusion fluid. Do not start or continue the meropenem and consult your doctor:
- If you have kidney or liver problems.
- If you have a history of seizures or central nervous system problems (e.g. brain lesions).
- If you experience severe and persistent diarrhea after taking antibiotics.
- If you are taking other drugs like probenecid, valproic acid, or oral anticoagulants like warfarin.
- If you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant or breastfeeding.
Frequently asked questions
Q. Is meropenem a penicillin, cephalosporin, or beta lactam drug?
Meropenem is not a penicillin or cephalosporin drug. It is a carbapenem beta-lactam antibiotic.
Q. Is meropenem safe?
Meropenem is relatively safe if used at prescribed doses for the prescribed duration as advised by your doctor.
Q. Is meropenem dialyzable?
Yes, meropenem is dialyzable.
Q. Is meropenem compatible with vancomycin, or potassium?
Meropenem may be compatible with potassium or vancomycin. Please consult your doctor before taking the drug.
Q. Is meropenem nephrotoxic, vesicant or cause thrombocytopenia?
Meropenem may be nephrotoxic, vesicant, and may cause thrombocytopenia. Please consult your doctor if you experience these side effects.
Q. What organisms does meropenem cover?
Meropenem is active against gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria, aerobes as well as anaerobes. It is effective against enterococcus, streptococcus, and methicillin-sensitive Staphylococcus aureus (MSSA), but not effective against listeria or methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus.