Merrem

(meropenem)

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Treats bacterial infections.

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Our bottom line

Merrem (meropenem) is an antibiotic that's usually only given in the hospital for serious infections. It can be given at home, but you'll have to be taught how to inject it correctly.

Quick facts about meropenem
  • Drug class: Infection
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (meropenem)

Upsides

  • Merrem (meropenem) is available as a generic.
  • It’s good at treating severe and complicated bacterial infections.
  • It kills bacteria that are resistant to other antibiotics.
  • Most people who take Merrem (meropenem) usually have few side effects.
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Downsides

  • Merrem (meropenem) 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, Merrem (meropenem) can raise the risk of seizures.
  • Merrem (meropenem) may make you feel weak or confused.
  • When taking Merrem (meropenem), you might experience stiff muscles or abnormal muscle movements.
  • Like most antibacterials, it is common to have diarrhea when taking this medicine.
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How it works

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

Quick facts about meropenem
  • Drug class: Infection
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (meropenem)

Used for

Dosage forms

  • Injection
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What to expect when you take Merrem (meropenem) for Bacterial infection

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  • Possible side effects
  • Diarrhea
  • Severe diarrhea (C. difficile)
  • Allergic reaction
  • Seizure
  • Confusion
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Side effect rates for Merrem (meropenem)

  • Diarrhea
    5%5%
  • Nausea/vomiting
    4%4%
  • Redness or swelling at injection site
    2%2%
  • Headache
    2%2%
  • Rash
    2%2%
  • Blood stream infection
    2%2%
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Risks and Warnings for Merrem (meropenem)

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

    Some people taking Merrem (meropenem) have had severe allergic reactions, possibly leading to death. However, this is very rare. It is important to tell your doctor if you have a history of allergic reactions to medications or foods before taking this medicine. If you get a rash, itchy skin, hives, difficulty breathing, or swelling of your face or mouth while taking Merrem (meropenem), talk to your doctor or go to the emergency room right away.