Invanz

(ertapenem)

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Treats bacterial infections.

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Invanz (ertapenem) is an antibiotic that's usually only given in hospital for serious infections.

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Quick facts about Invanz
  • Drug class: Infection
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: No lower cost generic available

Upsides

  • Invanz (ertapenem) is good at treating severe and complicated bacterial infections.
  • Most people who take Invanz (ertapenem) usually have few side effects.
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Downsides

  • Invanz (ertapenem) is only available as an injectable, so it's usually only given for serious infections.
  • If you have a history of seizures or take certain seizure medications, Invanz (ertapenem) can raise the risk of seizures.
  • Like most antibacterials, it is common to have diarrhea when taking this medicine.
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How it works

Invanz (ertapenem) is an antibacterial. It kills bacteria by preventing them from making their own protective covering.

Quick facts about Invanz
  • Drug class: Infection
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: No lower cost generic available

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Dosage forms

  • Injection
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  • Possible side effects
  • Anemia
  • Urinary tract infection
  • Wound infection
  • Wound complication
  • Postoperative infection
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Side effect rates for Invanz (ertapenem)

From 802 clinical trials of Invanz when taken for bacterial infection (1 g daily)
  • Diarrhea
    10%10%
  • Nausea
    9%9%
  • Injection site complications
    7%7%
  • Headache
    6%6%
  • Fever
    5%5%
  • Altered mental status
    5%5%
  • Abdominal pain
    4%4%
  • Constipation
    4%4%
  • Vomiting
    4%4%
  • Swelling
    3%3%
  • Insomnia
    3%3%
  • Shortness of breath
    3%3%
  • Rash
    3%3%
  • Death
    3%3%
  • Low blood pressure
    2%2%
  • Dizziness
    2%2%
  • Itching
    2%2%
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Risks and Warnings for Invanz (ertapenem)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • History of allergic reaction to other antibiotics (penicillins, cephalosporins)
    • History of multiple allergies

    In some rare cases, people may have severe allergic reactions when taking Invanz (ertapenem), possibly leading to death. It is important to tell your doctor if you have a history of allergic reactions to medications or foods before taking Invanz (ertapenem). If you get a rash, itchy skin, hives, difficulty breathing, or swelling of your face or mouth while taking Invanz (ertapenem), talk to your doctor or go to the emergency room right away.