Ertapenem - Drug Information

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General Information on Ertapenem

Generic Name : Ertapenem

Pronunciation : ER-ta-PEN-em

Latest prescription information about Ertapenem. Learn how to pronounce the drug's name, its indications, dosage, how to take, when to take, when not to take, side effects, special precautions, its storage instructions and warnings if any when taken during pregnancy. Also listed are the International and Indian trade name(s) of the drug and its price list.
ICD Code : Y41.8 | Therapeutic Classification : Anti- Infectives

Trade Names/Brand Names of Ertapenem

India : 

International : 

Invanz

Why is Ertapenem Prescribed? (Indications)

This medication is an antibiotic, prescribed for moderate to severe infections like abdomen, skin, diabetic foot, community acquired pneumonia, urinary tract infections, prophylaxis of surgical-site infection following elective colorectal surgery. It kills sensitive bacteria.  

When should Ertapenem not to be taken? (Contraindications)

Allergic to penicillins or cephalosporins, or local anesthetics.

Pregnancy Category

A B C D X

Category B :

Animal studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus and appropriate studies on pregnant women are lacking.

What is the dosage of Ertapenem?

Adults: IV/IM- 1g/day for 7 to 14 days. Children: 15 mg/kg twice daily.

How should Ertapenem be taken?

It is usually given as an injection at your doctor's office, hospital, or clinic.

What are the warnings and precautions for Ertapenem?

Long-term or repeated use of this medication may cause a second infection.
Monitor kidney function, liver function, and complete blood cell counts while using this medication.
Caution needed for pregnant women, children less than 3 months, and elderly.

What are the side effects of Ertapenem?

  Local: Infused vein complication, pain, redness, extravasation(accidental administration of the drug in the surrounding tissues), inflammation or blood clot in veins, swelling, indurations, and warmth.
  Body as a whole: Abdominal distention, pain, chills, septicemia, septic shock, dehydration, gout, uneasiness, necrosis, candidiasis, weight loss, facial edema, flank pain, incoordination, muscle weakness, syncope and severe allergic reactions.
  Heart: Chest pain, high or low blood pressure, fast heart rate.
  Central Nervous System: Headache, altered mental status, sleeplessness, dizziness, anxiety, weakness/fatigue, seizure, movement disorder, hallucinations, tremor.
  Skin: Diaper dermatitis (rash in the thighs and buttocks of infants), rash.
  Eye and ENT: Inflammation and viral infection of nasopharynx.
  Gastrointestinal: Diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, abdominal pain, constipation, acid regurgitation, inflammation and infection of the large intestine, small intestine obstruction, abdominal abscess.
  Genitourinary: Urinary tract infection, vaginal inflammation.
  Respiratory: Cough, difficulty in breathing, pneumonia, upper respiratory tract infection, respiratory distress.
  Miscellaneous: Anemia, viral infections.

What are the other precautions for Ertapenem?

Continue to use this medication until the full prescribed treatment period is finished.

What are the storage conditions of Ertapenem?

It is usually handled and stored by a health care provider.

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