Meropenem is an antibiotic that fights bacteria.

Meropenem is used to treat severe infections of the skin or stomach. Meropenem is also used to treat bacterial meningitis (infection of brain or spinal cord).

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  • Merrem, Merrem Novaplus
  • More common
    Redness and swelling at the injection site
    Less common
    Bluish lips or skin
    chills
    cold, clammy skin
    confusion
    dizziness
    fainting
    fast heartbeat
    fast, weak pulse
    fever
    itching skin
    lightheadedness
    not breathing
    pain at the injection site
    rapid, shallow breathing
    skin rash and itching
    sweating
    Rare
    Abdominal or stomach cramps and severe pain
    agitation
    black, bloody, or tarry stools
    black, bloody vomit
    bloating or swelling of the face, arms, hands, lower legs, or feet
    blurred vision
    burning while urinating
    burning, crawling, itching, numbness, prickling, "pins and needles", or tingling feelings
    convulsions (seizures)
    cough
    dark urine
    decreased urine output
    depression
    diarrhea (watery and severe), which may also be bloody
    difficult or painful urination
    difficulty with breathing
    dilated neck veins
    extreme fatigue
    fever with or without chills
    headache
    hostility
    irregular breathing
    irritability
    lethargy
    light-colored stools
    loss of consciousness
    muscle twitching
    nausea
    no blood pressure or pulse
    nosebleed
    pale skin
    pounding in the ears
    rapid weight gain
    severe constipation
    severe vomiting
    slow, irregular heartbeat
    stopping of the heart
    stupor
    tightness in the chest
    troubled breathing with exertion
    unconsciousness
    unpleasant breath odor
    unusual bleeding or bruising
    unusual tiredness or weakness
    unusual weight gain or loss
    vomiting of blood or material that looks like coffee grounds
    weight gain
    yellow eyes or skin
    Incidence not known
    Back, leg, or stomach pains
    bleeding gums
    blistering, peeling, or loosening of the skin
    chest pain
    cough or hoarseness
    general body swelling
    general feeling of tiredness or weakness
    joint or muscle pain
    large, hive-like swelling on the face, eyelids, tongue, throat, hands, legs, feet, or sex organs
    loss of appetite
    lower back or side pain
    red skin lesions, often with a purple center
    red, irritated eyes
    sore throat
    sores, ulcers, or white spots in the mouth or on the lips
    swollen glands
    Some of the side effects that can occur with meropenem may not need medical attention. As your body adjusts to the medicine during treatment these side effects may go away. Your health care professional may also be able to tell you about ways to reduce or prevent some of these side effects. If any of the following side effects continue, are bothersome or if you have any questions about them, check with your health care professional:

    More common
    Constipation
    Less common
    Body aches or pain
    cold hands and feet
    cold sweats
    congestion
    cool pale skin
    dryness or soreness of the throat
    increased hunger
    indigestion
    nightmares
    passing of gas
    redness, swelling, or soreness of the tongue
    runny nose
    shakiness
    slurred speech
    sneezing
    stomach pain, fullness, or discomfort
    trouble swallowing
    vaginal yeast infection
    voice changes
    Rare
    Acid or sour stomach
    belching
    excess air or gas in the stomach or intestines
    full feeling
    heartburn
    hives or welts
    redness of the skin
    seeing, hearing, or feeling things that are not there
    sleepiness or unusual drowsiness
    trouble sleeping
    white patches in the mouth, tongue, or throat
  • (intravenous solution, intravenous powder for injection)
  • Bacterial Infection

    Treating certain bacterial infections. It may be used in combination with other medicines to treat acne or certain amoeba infections. It may be used to prevent certain types of malaria in travelers who will be visiting malaria-infected areas for less than 4 months. It may also be used to prevent or slow the progression of anthrax after exposure. Doryx delayed-release capsules are a tetracycline antibiotic. It works by slowing the growth of bacteria. Slowing the bacteria's growth allows the body's immune system to destroy the bacteria.