Information about Meropenem

Meropenem uses

Meropenem is used in serious bacterial infections.

How meropenem works

Meropenem 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 of meropenem

Nausea, Vomiting, Seizure.

Available Medicine for Meropenem

  • ₹1475 to ₹2733
    Astra Zeneca
    2 variant(s)
  • ₹270 to ₹646
    Macleods Pharmaceuticals Pvt Ltd
    3 variant(s)
  • ₹285 to ₹4200
    Cipla Ltd
    8 variant(s)
  • ₹174 to ₹1286
    Zuventus Healthcare Ltd
    4 variant(s)
  • ₹378
    Aristo Pharmaceuticals Pvt Ltd
    1 variant(s)
  • ₹214 to ₹988
    Lupin Ltd
    4 variant(s)
  • ₹1378 to ₹2705
    Zydus Cadila
    2 variant(s)
  • ₹228 to ₹969
    Aristo Pharmaceuticals Pvt Ltd
    4 variant(s)
  • ₹399 to ₹3600
    Glenmark Pharmaceuticals Ltd
    3 variant(s)
  • ₹1445 to ₹2772
    Sanofi India Ltd
    2 variant(s)

Expert advice for Meropenem

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 for Meropenem


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
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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.

Content on this page was last updated on 13 February, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)