Generic Name: Meropenem (mer oh PEN em)
Brand Name: Merrem
Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Jun 8, 2020.
Uses of Merrem:
- It is used to treat bacterial infections.
What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take Merrem?
- If you have an allergy to meropenem or any other part of Merrem (meropenem).
- If you are allergic to Merrem (meropenem); any part of Merrem (meropenem); or any other drugs, foods, or substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had.
- If you are taking any of these drugs: Divalproex or valproic acid.
- If you are taking probenecid.
This is not a list of all drugs or health problems that interact with Merrem (meropenem).
Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all of your drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for you to take Merrem (meropenem) with all of your drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug without checking with your doctor.
What are some things I need to know or do while I take Merrem?
- Tell all of your health care providers that you take Merrem (meropenem). This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
- Severe and sometimes deadly allergic side effects have rarely happened with drugs like this one.
- Avoid driving and doing other tasks or actions that call for you to be alert until you see how Merrem (meropenem) affects you.
- Have blood work checked as you have been told by the doctor. Talk with the doctor.
- Do not use longer than you have been told. A second infection may happen.
- A severe and sometimes deadly reaction has happened. Most of the time, this reaction has signs like fever, rash, or swollen glands with problems in body organs like the liver, kidney, blood, heart, muscles and joints, or lungs. If you have questions, talk with the doctor.
- If you are 65 or older, use Merrem (meropenem) with care. You could have more side effects.
- Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, plan on getting pregnant, or are breast-feeding. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks to you and the baby.
How is this medicine (Merrem) best taken?
Use Merrem (meropenem) as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.
- It is given as an infusion into a vein over a period of time.
What do I do if I miss a dose?
- Call your doctor to find out what to do.
What are some side effects that I need to call my doctor about right away?
- Stiff muscles, shakiness, or muscle movements that are not normal.
- A burning, numbness, or tingling feeling that is not normal.
- Feeling very tired or weak.
- Feeling confused.
- Diarrhea is common with antibiotics. Rarely, a severe form called C diff–associated diarrhea (CDAD) may happen. Sometimes, this has led to a deadly bowel problem (colitis). CDAD may happen during or a few months after taking antibiotics. Call your doctor right away if you have stomach pain, cramps, or very loose, watery, or bloody stools. Check with your doctor before treating diarrhea.
- A very bad skin reaction (Stevens-Johnson syndrome/toxic epidermal necrolysis) may happen. It can cause very bad health problems that may not go away, and sometimes death. Get medical help right away if you have signs like red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin (with or without fever); red or irritated eyes; or sores in your mouth, throat, nose, or eyes.
What are some other side effects of Merrem?
If OVERDOSE is suspected:
How do I store and/or throw out Merrem?
- If you need to store Merrem (meropenem) at home, talk with your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist about how to store it.
Consumer information use
- If your symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your doctor.
- Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
- Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
- Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. Check with your pharmacist. If you have any questions about Merrem (meropenem), please talk with your doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
More about Merrem (meropenem)
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- Drug class: carbapenems