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General Information
What should I know before taking this drug
Dosage information
Adverse reactions
Additional information if any
Meronem inj (Astra Zeneca)
Feropenem vial (Feron LS) 
Meropenem is a prescription drug available from your pharmacy store only with the prescription of a qualified medical practitioner. 
Meropenem pronounced as: mer oh PEH nem 
Meropenem is an anti infective / antibacterial drug. 
Meropenem is used in the treatment of serious infection like peritonitis, meningitis, infections in neutropenic patients, intra abdominal infections, hospital acquired pneumonia, pelvic infections etc 
Take Meropenem exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you do not understand ask your pharmacist, nurse or doctor to explain them to you.
Meropenem is available as injection, read the instruction leaflet provided thoroughly.
Meropenem is given intravenously under strict aseptic precautions as prescribed by your doctor.
Do not skip any doses. Continue to take it even when you feel better.
You must complete the entire course of medication to get maximum benefit; else the infection will not clear completely and in due course result in development of resistance.
  • Inform your doctor if you are using any prescription drugs like Probenecid, anticonvulsants(valproate) or other OTC including vitamin and mineral supplements
  • Inform your doctor if you are allergic to other penicillin drugs (e.g. amoxicillin, carbenicillin) and Cephalosporin drugs (cephelexin, cephaloridin) as it may cause allergic reaction in these patients.
  •   Inform your doctor if you have following medical conditions as Meropenem should be used cautiously in the below mentioned conditions
    1. Seizure disorder
    2. History of head injury
    3. Renal impairment
Do not take meropenem if you are hypersensitive to it.
Children: Caution is advised for usage in children.
Old people:  
Pregnant woman: Meropenem belongs to FDA pregnancy category B. This means that meropenem is safe during pregnancy and is not expected to cause any harm to the unborn baby. Always inform your doctor if you are pregnant or are planning for conception.
Lactating women: It is not known whether meropenem passes into breast milk or if it could harm the baby. Do not take meropenem with out first talking to doctor if you are breast feeding baby.
Meropenem is available as injection. 
Use as directed by your physician, your physician prescribes depending on the severity of disease.
Use the complete course of medication as prescribed by your physician even though you feel better after one or two days of usage of medication.
For detailed dosage information, consult your doctor who will prescribe you depending on the severity of the disease. 
If it is almost the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not take two doses at same time to cover up the missed dose. 
In case of overdose contact your nearest poison control centre or emergency medical centre for immediate care by physician.
The overdose symptoms of meropenem are not known. 
Meropenem may causes following side effects like
  • Redness, pain swelling at the site of injection
  • Diarrhoea 
  • Headache
  • Constipation 
  • Nausea& vomiting
Consult your doctor immediately if notice following symptoms.
  • Allergic reaction like swollen lips, hives, difficulty in breathing, rashes peeling of skin, blistering etc
  • Easy bruising or bleeding
  • Fatigue and paleness of skin
  • Convulsions
  • Severe watery diarrhoea
Store meropenem at room temp (15 – 30 degrees C). Avoid excessive heat, moisture or direct sunlight, never store in the bathroom.
Keep it out of reach of children. Make sure that any leftover portion is disposed off safely. 
Antibiotics usually cause mild diarrhoea. Consult your doctor immediately if it is severe, associated with mucus or bloody stools, as it could be sign of new infection or pseudomembranous colitis.

When Meropenem is prescribed for long period, your doctor may advise you to undergo lab test like complete cell count, liver and renal function test to look for side effects.

It is imp to read manufacturing packaging instruction carefully if available and always do not hesitate to consult pharmacist or physician for any information.

Written by: Healthplus24 team
Date last updated: May 31, 2012

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