Treats infections. This medicine is an antibiotic.
There may be other brand names for this medicine.
Merrem IV, Novaplus Meropenem, Novaplus Merrem
When This Medicine Should Not Be Used
You should not receive this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to meropenem or any other antibiotic, such as penicillins or cephalosporins.
How to Use This Medicine
- Your doctor will prescribe your exact dose and tell you how often it should be given. This medicine is given through a needle placed in one of your veins.
- A nurse or other trained health professional will give you this medicine.
Drugs and Foods to Avoid
Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
- Make sure your doctor knows if you also use divalproex sodium (Depakote®), probenecid (Benemid®), or valproic acid (Depakene®).
Warnings While Using This Medicine
- Make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant or breastfeeding or if you have kidney problems. Make sure your doctor knows if you have a history of seizures, or if you have a condition that makes you more likely to have seizures.
- If you have severe diarrhea, ask your doctor before taking any medicine to stop the diarrhea.Diarrhea may occur 2 months or more after you stop using this medicine.
- This medicine may cause seizures, headaches, numbness, or a tingling sensation. Do not drive, use machines, or do anything else that could be dangerous until you know how this medicine affects you.
- Your doctor will need to check your progress at regular visits while you are using this medicine. Be sure to keep all appointments.
Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine
Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:
- Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in your face or hands, swelling or tingling in your mouth or throat, chest tightness, trouble breathing
- Blistering, peeling, or red skin rash
- Numbness, tingling, or burning pain in your hands, arms, legs, or feet
- Severe diarrhea that may contain blood
- Unusual bleeding, bruising, or weakness
If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
- Mild diarrhea, nausea, constipation
- Redness, irritation, pain, burning, or swelling where the needle is placed