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Treats infections caused by certain bacteria. This medicine is an antibiotic.
Novaplus Merrem, Merrem IV
There may be other brand names for this medicine.
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 antibiotics 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 are also using probenecid (Benemid®), or valproic acid (Depakene®).
Warnings While Using This Medicine
- Make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant or breast feeding, or if you have kidney problems. Make sure your doctor knows if you have seizures, or if you have a condition that makes you more likely to have seizures, such as a central nervous system (CNS) disorder.
- Your doctor will need to check your progress at regular visits while you are using this medicine. Be sure to keep all appointments.
- Make sure any doctor or dentist who treats you knows that you are using this medicine. This medicine may affect the results of certain medical tests.
- Keep using this medicine for the full treatment time, even if you feel better after the first few doses. Your infection may not clear up if you stop using the medicine too soon.
- If you have severe diarrhea, ask your doctor before taking any medicine to stop the diarrhea.
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, red skin rash.
- Change in how much or how often you urinate.
- Chest pain, or fast, slow, or pounding heartbeat.
- Diarrhea that may contain blood.
- Difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, or coughing up blood.
- Fever, chills, cough, sore throat, and body aches.
- Numbness or weakness in your arm or leg, or on one side of your body.
- Pain in your lower leg (calf).
- Sudden or severe headache, problems with vision, speech, or walking.
- Swelling in your hands, ankles, or feet.
- Yellowing of your skin or the whites of your eyes.
If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
- Nausea, vomiting, constipation, or stomach pain.
- Skin numbness, tingling, itching, or burning.
- Rapid weight gain.
- Redness, irritation, pain, burning, or swelling where the shot was given.
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