1 What is Invanz?

Brand: Invanz

Generic: Ertapenem

Invanz is a carbapenem antibiotic used for the treatment of bacterial infections in the different parts of the body. This drug kills bacteria by inhibiting bacterial cell wall synthesis. This drug contraindicated to viral infections. This drug is also used as prophylaxis against bacterial infections after having colon and/or rectal surgery. This drug requires a prescription.

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2 What to Know Before Using

Before taking this Invanz, the risks and benefits for your body should be discussed with your healthcare provider. Inform your healthcare provider for any allergic reactions to these drugs or any other drugs, foods, dyes, preservatives, or animals. Carefully read the label of non-prescription drugs for any possible allergic reaction or contraindications.

Studies in infants and children 3 months to 17 years of age have not reported any pediatrics-specific problems that would limit the usefulness of ertapenem. Use in infants younger than 3 months of age is not recommended. Studies in the elderly have not reported any geriatrics-specific problems that would limit the utility of ertapenem. Adjustments in the dose of the elderly may be required since they are more likely to have age-related kidney problems.

Studies have revealed no evidence of harm to the fetus but studies in pregnant women or animals are still inadequate. Infant risk is still undetermined when taking this drug during breastfeeding.

Discuss with your healthcare professional about the risks and benefits of this drug before breastfeeding. Drugs should not be taken together to prevent any interactions but in necessary cases inquire your healthcare provider regarding the adjustments in dosage or any other necessary precautions to prevent any unwanted side effects.

Inform your healthcare professional if you are taking any other drugs such as Valproic Acid, Probenecid, or Tacrolimus. Intake of specific food or using alcohol or tobacco with this drug is associated with an increased risk of certain side effects. Your healthcare professional can give you special instructions about the use of food, alcohol, or tobacco. Inform your healthcare provider for any other medical problems such as brain disease, diarrhea, seizures, or kidney disease.

3 Proper Usage

To use Invanz properly, you must follow all instructions given by your doctor.

Use this drug for the full time of treatment to ensure complete drug therapy and prevent any relapses. An increase in the resistance of your bacterial infection may happen if you fail to do this.

This drug must be taken on a regular basis as it works best when there is a constant amount in the blood or urine. This drug can be administered either as an injection into a muscle, or through a needle placed into a vein. Take this drug exactly as directed in the label or as prescribed by your healthcare professional.

The dose of this drug will be variable for different patients. The directions on the label or the prescription by your healthcare professional should be followed. The dosage of this drug you take depends on the medical problem for which you are using this drug. Adults and teenagers with bacterial infections are given 1 gram injected into a vein or injected into a muscle once a day.

Your healthcare professional will determine your injection site and the length of time that you will take it. Dose in children and infants must be based on body weight and must be determined by your healthcare professional. The usual dose for children and infants is 15 milligram per kilogram of body weight injected into a vein or injected into a muscle twice a day.

Your healthcare professional will determine your injection site and the length of time you will take it. A missed dose should be taken as soon as possible. However, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule if it is almost time for your next dose.

Store the drug in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light. Keep from freezing. Keep out of the reach of children. Dispose any outdated or expired drugs and ask your healthcare professional for the proper disposal of the drugs.

4 Precautions to Take

Before using Invanz, there are some precautions you must take.

Regular visits should be made to your healthcare provider to track your progress and to monitor the effectiveness of the drug. This drug may cause tremors or seizures. Severe diarrhea may be a sign of a serious side effect. Consult with your healthcare professional before you take any other diarrhea drugs as this may make your diarrhea worse or make it last longer.

You may take diarrhea drugs containing kaolin if you have mild diarrhea. Check with your healthcare professional if your symptoms do not improve within a few days or if they become worse.

Contact emergency medical services immediately if you experience symptoms of anaphylaxis such as itching, hives, hoarseness, trouble breathing, trouble swallowing, or any swelling of your hands, face, or mouth while you are using this drug.

This drug is usually mixed with lidocaine (XylocaineВ®). Do not inject this drug if you are allergic to lidocaine.

5 Potential Side Effects

As with many medications, there are several potential side effects associated with Invanz.

Side effects may vary for each individual and prompt medical attention should be given if they occur. Seek advice from your healthcare professional immediately if you experience any unusual symptoms such as bleeding, blistering, burning, coldness, diarrhea, discoloration of skin, feeling of pressure, hives, infection, inflammation, itching, skin lumps, numbness, pain, redness of skin, scarring, skin rash, soreness, stinging, swelling, tenderness, tingling ulceration, unusually warm skin, bluish color changes in skin color, dry, red, hot, or irritated skin, fast, pounding, or irregular heartbeat or pulse, pain, tenderness, or swelling of foot or leg, abdominal or stomach cramps, abdominal tenderness, bloating, convulsions, diarrhea, fainting or loss of consciousness, fast or irregular breathing, fever, increased thirst, loss of bladder control, muscle spasm or jerking of all extremities, nausea, sudden loss of consciousness, swelling of eyes or eyelids, tightness in chest, trouble in breathing, unusual tiredness or weakness, unusual weight loss, vomiting, wheezing, cough, difficulty swallowing, itching, puffiness, or swelling of the eyelids or around the eyes, face, lips, or tongue, seeing, hearing, or feeling things that are not there, or shortness of breath.

Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. As your body adjusts to the medicine, the side effects will slowly disappear. Ask your healthcare professional about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects.

If any of the following side effects persists, or are inconvenient, or if you notice any other effects, or if you have any questions about them, consult with your health care professional. Report any side effects to the FDA hotline at 1-800-FDA-1088.