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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 bacteria.

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

Doripenem may also be used for 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; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Call your doctor at once if you have:

  • diarrhea that is watery or bloody; or
  • severe itching or skin rash.

Other common side effects may include:

  • headache;
  • diarrhea, nausea;
  • vaginal itching or discharge;
  • mild rash; or
  • pain, swelling, or redness where the medicine was injected.

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 receive this medication if you are allergic to doripenem, ertapenem (Invanz), imipenem (Primaxin), or meropenem (Merrem).

To make sure doripenem is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have kidney disease, seizures, a history of allergy to a penicillin antibiotic.

Tell your doctor if you also use probenecid or valproic acid.

Call your doctor at once if you have a severe skin rash, or diarrhea that is watery or bloody.

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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