Merrem IV

1 What is Merrem IV?

Brand: Merrem IV

Generic: Meropenem

Merrem IV is an antibiotic. It is used in the treatment of certain bacterial infection. It kills bacteria by blocking the growth of bacterial cell wall.

It will not treat any cold, flu or viral infection. It is also used in other condition as determined by your doctor. It is available in the form of powder (for solution) and only with your doctor’s prescription.

2 What to Know Before Using

Before using Merrem IV, you must know all about the risks and complications associated with it.

Allergy

Inform your doctor if you are allergic to any food, preservatives, dyes, or had an allergic reaction when you used this drug before.

Children

It does not cause any different side effects from adults. However, it should not be used in infants younger than 3 months as safety and efficacy have not been established.

Elderly

This medicine does not cause any different side effects or problem than it does in younger adults. However, it should be used with caution if you have age-related kidney problems.

Pregnancy

It is a category B drug. It is safe in pregnancy.

Breast Feeding

There are no adequate studies which prove that Meropenem passes into breast milk. If you are using Meropenem while nursing, discuss it with your doctor for possible risk factors.

Drug Interactions

Meropenem may interact with other drugs.

Your doctor should be informed of any other medicines which you are taking. He may want to change the dosage or drug.

Some of them are listed below,

  • Probenecid
  • Divalproex sodium
  • Valproic acid
  • Tramadol

Other Medical Problems

Several other conditions may reduce its effectiveness.

Make sure you inform your doctor of conditions such as:

  • Previous history of allergy to penicillins, cephalosporins, or other allergens
  • Brain infection (bacterial meningitis)
  • Brain lesion (tumor)
  • History of seizures: May causes side effects to become worse.
  • Kidney disease

3 Proper Usage

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

It is injected into your vein through a needle by a doctor or nurse or other trained health professional. It is injected slowly and takes about15 to 30 minutes to be fully injected.

4 Precautions to Take

Before using Merrem IV, there are some precautions you must take. Your doctor should check your daily progress at regular visits.

It causes diarrhea in many patients. Do not take any antidiarrheal drug without consulting with your doctor. These drugs may worsen your diarrhea. Meropenem can cause anaphylactic reactions.

Inform your doctor immediately if you start having:

  • rash
  • itching
  • fainting
  • palpitation
  • trouble breathing
  • swelling of hand face and mouth

Meropenem may cause:

  • drowsiness
  • dizziness
  • blurred vision
  • light-headedness

These effects may be worse if you take it with alcohol or certain medicines. Use Meropenem with caution. Do not drive or perform other possibly unsafe tasks until you know how you react to it.

Records have shown that it may cause seizures in some patients. Do not stop taking anticonvulsants if you or your child has a history of seizures, unless your doctor tells you so.

5 Potential Side Effects

As with many medications, there are several potential side effects associated with Merrem IV. Some people may experience none or minor side effects. Consult with your doctor if they become problematic or frequent.

Most common are:

Less common are:

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

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