Information about Doripenem

Doripenem Uses

Doripenem is used in the treatment of severe bacterial infections. It is used in infections of various body parts like skin and soft tissues, urinary tract, blood and lungs (pneumonia).

How Doripenem works

Doripenem is an antibiotic. It kills bacteria by preventing them from forming the bacterial protective covering (cell wall) which is needed for them to survive.

Common side effects of Doripenem

Vomiting, Headache, Nausea, Diarrhea, Injection site reactions (pain, swelling, redness)
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Expert advice for Doripenem

  • Doripenem is an antibiotic that's usually only given in the hospital for serious infections.
  • It is given by a drip into a vein (intravenous infusion) over 20 to 60 minutes. In severe cases, it may be given slowly for 3 to 4 hours by intravenous infusion.
  • Inform your doctor if you are allergic to penicillin or if you are taking any seizure medication before starting treatment with this medication.
  • Diarrhea may occur as a side effect. Inform your doctor if you develop severe stomach pain or if you find blood in your stools.
  • Your doctor may monitor your liver and kidney function while you are having treatment with this medication.

Frequently asked questions for Doripenem


Q. What is Doripenem used for?

Doripenem is used to fight bacterial infections and prevent bacteria from growing. It acts by interfering with the bacterial protein synthesis which helps to treat the infection. Doripenem is also helpful in the treatment of bacterial infections of the bladder, kidney and other parts of the urinary tract.

Q. Is Doripenem available over-the-counter?

No, Doripenem, just like other antibiotics, requires a valid prescription by a doctor to buy it. Therefore, it is advisable to take Doripenem only if prescribed by a doctor.

Q. How is Doripenem administered?

Doripenem should be administered under the supervision of a trained healthcare professional or a doctor only and should not be self-administered. The dose will depend on the condition you are being treated for and will be decided by your doctor. Follow your doctor’s instructions carefully to get maximum benefit from Doripenem.

Q. Does Doripenem cure flu?

No, antibiotics such as Doripenem will not work for flu or other viral infections. Using antibiotics when they are not needed may increase your risk of getting infection later, that resists antibiotic treatment. Consult your doctor if you have any doubts.

Q. What happens if I take too much of Doripenem?

If you have mistakenly taken too much of Doripenem, you may experience symptoms such as stomach ache, nausea and vomiting. You should consult your doctor immediately or rush to the emergency room in any nearby hospital if you have taken an overdose of Doripenem.

Q. Should I avoid some medicines while taking Doripenem?

Yes. There are some medicines that may reduce the effect of Doripenem, interact with Doripenem or cause serious side-effects when given at the same time. These medicines include Sodium Valproate, Ethinyl Estradiol and Live cholera vaccine. So, always inform and check with your doctor before taking Doripenem with other medications.

Q. How to store Doripenem?

Doripenem should be stored at around the room temperature (not more than 25°C) away from heat and sunlight. Do not freeze it and always keep it out of the reach and sight of the children.


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