This page contains brief details about the drug , it's indication, dosage & administaration, mechanism of action, related brands with strength, warnings and common side effects.

Background and Date of Approval

Meropenem is an antibiotic medication developed by the U.S. Food And Drug Administration and initially approved in the year 1996, for treating various bacterial infections caused by susceptible organisms.

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Meropenem is used to treat various bacterial infections caused by susceptible organisms. This injection also treats skin, lung, urine, and gynecological infections. Mostly, it can be used during the prevention of surgical site infections.

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Meropenem works by inhibiting the growth of bacteria and preventing them from multiplying. It does this by interfering with the bacterial cell wall synthesis, which is essential for survival.

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Meropenem will be administered to you by a healthcare professional in a hospital setting. It is usually administered as an intravenous injection into a vein. Your doctor will decide the dose, route of administration, and frequency based on your disease condition and other factors.

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This drug is mainly contraindicated in individuals with known hypersensitivity or allergic reactions to other beta-lactam antibiotics, such as penicillins or cephalosporins. If you have experienced severe diarrhea after taking other antibiotics, it is important to inform your physician. Meropenem can reduce the serum concentrations of valproic acid, a medication used to treat seizures and certain mental health conditions. It can lead to decreased effectiveness of valproic acid. If you take valproic acid, your healthcare provider may need to adjust the dose or consider alternative treatments. 


Before starting treatment with Meropenem, it's necessary to inform your physician about any pre-existing medical conditions you have, such as epilepsy (seizures), kidney or liver problems, or if you are on a salt-controlled diet. During treatment, your doctor may recommend blood tests to monitor your blood cell count and kidney function. If you suspect pregnancy or plan to have a baby, inform your doctor about all the medications you have been taking recently, including herbal and supplements.

Side Effects

The side effects known to occur commonly during the treatment with Meropenem are stomach pain, diarrhea, headache, nausea, vomiting, constipation, skin rash, itching, and anemia. Some serious side effects also severe allergic reactions (severe itching, rash, swelling of face, lips, or tongue, trouble breathing or wheezing).

Word Of Advice

Overuse or misuse of antibiotics can contribute to the development of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. It is important to use this drug only as prescribed and directed by your physician. Attend any scheduled follow-up appointments with your healthcare provider to monitor your improvement and discuss any doubts or queries you may have regarding your treatment with Meropenem. 

While this drug is generally well-tolerated, it can cause side effects in some individuals. If you get serious side effects, like severe diarrhea, rash, or difficulty breathing, notify your doctor immediately. It is highly advised not to skip the dose schedules as it may decrease the drug's effectiveness and increase the chance of bacteria developing resistance. It is generally suggested to complete the full treatment schedule as your doctor prescribes.

Frequently Asked Question


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The drug information on this page is not a substitute for medical advice; it is meant for educational purposes only. For further details, consult your doctor about your medical condition to know if you are eligible to receive this treatment.