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    Information about Meropenem

    Meropenem uses

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

    How meropenem works

    Meropenem 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 meropenem

    Rash, Headache, Vomiting, Nausea, Injection site reactions (pain, swelling, redness)
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    Written By
    Dr. Love Sharma
    M.Pharm, PhD, PGDPRA
    Last updated on:
    10 Dec 2018 | 05:56 PM (IST)
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    Expert advice for Meropenem

    • Meropenem 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.
    • 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 kidney function while you are having treatment with this medication.

    Frequently asked questions for Meropenem


    Q. Is Meropenem a strong antibiotic?

    Yes, Meropenem is a strong antibiotic i.e broad spectrum antibiotic (antibiotics that can kill a wide variety of bacteria). It belongs to the category of antibiotics called carbepenam. It is used in the treatment of sever bacterial infections of skin, stomach, brain and lungs.

    Q. For how long is Meropenem used?

    Duration of treatment with Meropenem depends on the severity of your infection, which will be decided by your doctor.

    Q. How long does Meropenem take to work?

    Usually, Meropenem starts working soon after taking it. However, it may take some days to kill all the harmful bacteria and make you feel better.

    Content on this page was last updated on 10 December, 2018, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)