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Faropenem is used to treat bacterial infections of the respiratory tract including nose, ears, lungs, tonsils. It is also used to treat kidney and bladder infections, prostate infections and various skin infections.

How it works

Faropenem belongs to a group of medicines called carbapenem beta-lactam antibiotics. It kills bacteria by inhibiting the 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

Angioedema (swelling of deeper layers of skin), Decreased blood pressure, Diarrhoea, Dizziness, Shortness of breath, Flushing, Increased sweating, Feeling of discomfort, Black and bloody stools, Renal impairment, Ringing in ear, Stomach pain, Wheezing


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Expert advice

Faropenem tablet should be used with caution in patients with poor oral intake or poor general state because of vitamin K deficiency and elderly people. Do not start or continue the faropenem and consult your doctor:
  • If you have a family history of allergy (atopy) or severe allergic reaction (hypersensitivity) to penicillin,cephalosporin or carbapenem drugs.
  • If you have kidney problem.
  • If you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or breastfeeding.
  • If you experience diarrhea andloose bowel movements.

Frequently asked questions


Q. What is faropenem sodium?
Faropenem is a carbapenem beta-lactamase inhibitor used as the sodium salt to increase the antibacterial activity.
Q. Is faropenem safe?
Faropenem is relatively safe if used at prescribed doses for the prescribed duration as advised by your doctor.
Q. What organisms does faropenem cover?
Faropenem is drug of choice for many gram-positive as well as gram-negative bacteria, including some anaerobes. It is mainly effective against Streptococcus pyogenes, Staphylococcus saprophyticus, Staphylococcus epidermidis, Streptococcus milleri, Streptococcus viridans, Staphylococcus aureus, oxacillin susceptible staphylococci, Enterococcus faecalis, Enterococcus faecalis, Enterococcus faecium, Neisseria gonorrhoeae, Neisseria meningitides, Haemophillus influenzae, Moraxella catarrhalis, Escherichia coli, Proteus mirabilis, Providentia stuartii, Bacteroides fragilis, Clostridium perfringens, Citrobacter spp., Salmonella spp., Shigella spp., Klebsiella spp., and Peptostreptococcus spp.

Content on this page was last updated on 30 September, 2016, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)