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Brand Names: Doribax

Generic Name: doripenem (Pronunciation: dor i PEN em)

What is doripenem (Doribax)?

Doripenem is an antibiotic that fights serious infections caused by bacteria.

Doripenem is used to treat severe infections of the stomach, bladder, or kidneys.

Doripenem may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide.

What are the possible side effects of doripenem (Doribax)?

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:

Less serious side effects may include:

  • pain, swelling, or redness where the medicine was injected;
  • mild nausea;
  • headache;
  • mild skin rash or itching;
  • white patches or sores inside your mouth; or
  • vaginal itching or discharge.

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.

What is the most important information I should know about doripenem (Doribax)?

You should not use this medication if you are allergic to doripenem or imipenem (Primaxin), or a history of allergy to penicillin antibiotics such as Amoxil, Augmentin, Omnipen, Principen, Dycill, Dynapen, Bactocill, Beepen-VK, Ledercillin VK, Pen-V, Pfizerpen, Veetids, and others.

Before using doripenem, tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs, or if you have kidney disease or a seizure disorder.

Before using doripenem, tell your doctor if you are using valproic acid (Depakene) or probenecid (Benemid).

You may be shown how to use your medicine at home. Do not self-inject this medicine if you do not fully understand how to mix the medicine, give the injection and properly dispose of needles, IV tubing, and other items used in giving the medicine.

Call your doctor at once if you have serious side effects such as diarrhea that is watery or bloody, trouble breathing, easy bruising or bleeding, seizure (convulsions), or fever, sore throat, and headache with a severe blistering, peeling, and red skin rash.

Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

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