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Merrem

Meropenem

MEROPENEM is a carbapenem antibiotic. It is used to treat certain kinds of bacterial infections. It will not work for colds, flu, or other viral infections. Compare penem antibiotics.
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Merrem Side Effects

What should I watch for?

Your condition will be monitored carefully while you are receiving this medicine. Tell your doctor or healthcare professional if your symptoms do not start to get better or if they get worse.

Do not treat diarrhea with over the counter products. Contact your doctor if you have diarrhea that lasts more than 2 days or if it is severe and watery.

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Common and Rare Side Effects

Along with its needed effects, a medicine may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

Check with your doctor or nurse immediately if any of the following side effects occur:

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 side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:

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

Other side effects not listed may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your healthcare professional.

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

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