meropenem (Merrem)

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    Jay W. Marks, MD

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GENERIC NAME: meropenem

BRAND NAME: Merrem

DRUG CLASS AND MECHANISM: Meropenem is an injectable carbapenem antibiotic. It is similar to impenem and cilastin (Primaxin). Meropenem prevents bacteria from forming the walls that surround them. The walls are necessary to protect bacteria from their environment and to keep the contents of the bacterial cell together. Bacteria cannot survive without a cell wall. Meropenem is effective against susceptible strains of E. coli, H. influenzae, K. pneumoniae, N. meningitidis, P. aeruginosa, and many other bacteria.

The FDA approved meropenem in June 1996.

PRESCRIBED FOR: Meropenem is used to treat infections such as bacterial meningitis, abdominal infections, and complicated skin and soft tissue infections caused by susceptible organisms.

SIDE EFFECTS: Common side effects of meropenem are:

Injection site pain and inflammation

Serious reactions rarely may occur such as:

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/24/2014

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