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Medications and Drugs

Brand Names: Merrem

Generic Name: meropenem (Pronunciation: mer oh PEH nem)

What is meropenem (Merrem)?

Meropenem is an antibiotic. It fights bacteria in the body.

Meropenem is used in the treatment of infections of the abdomen, such as appendicitis and peritonitis, bacterial meningitis (infection of the lining of the brain), and skin infections.

Meropenem may also be used for purposes other than those listed here.

What are the possible side effects of meropenem (Merrem)?

If you experience a rare but serious side effects, stop taking meropenem and seek emergency medical attention or contact your doctor immediately:

  • allergic reaction (difficulty breathing; closing of the throat; swelling of the lips, tongue, or face; or hives)
  • seizures;
  • severe or watery diarrhea;
  • a skin rash;
  • unusual tiredness or weakness; or
  • unusual bleeding or bruising.

Other less serious side effects may be more likely to occur. Continue to use meropenem and talk to your doctor if you experience:

  • nausea or vomiting;
  • diarrhea or constipation;
  • headache; or
  • soreness, redness, or mild swelling at the injection site.

Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What is the most important information I should know about meropenem (Merrem)?

Do not take meropenem without first talking to your doctor if you have an allergy to meropenem, imipenem (Primaxin), a penicillin antibiotic, or a cephalosporin antibiotic.



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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