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Generic Name: Ertapenem (ER-ta-PEN-em)Brand Name: Invanz

Ertapenem is used for:

Treating moderate to severe infections caused by certain bacteria. It is also used to prevent infection after certain types of surgery. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.

Ertapenem is an antibiotic. It works by killing sensitive bacteria.

Do NOT use Ertapenem if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Ertapenem , to any penicillin antibiotic (eg, amoxicillin, ampicillin), to any cephalosporin antibiotic (eg, cephalexin), or to any other beta-lactam antibiotic (eg, imipenem)
  • you are receiving Ertapenem as an injection into your muscle and you are allergic to local anesthetics of the amide type (eg, lidocaine)

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

Before using Ertapenem :

Some medical conditions may interact with Ertapenem . Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
  • if you receive dialysis treatments, or if you have kidney problems, bladder problems, a history of seizures, or a history of central nervous system problems (eg, brain lesions, seizures)
  • if the patient is a child younger than 9 years old with diarrhea or an infection of the stomach or bowel

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Ertapenem . Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:

  • Probenecid because it may increase the risk of Ertapenem 's side effects
  • Divalproex sodium or valproic acid because their effectiveness may be decreased by Ertapenem

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Ertapenem may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use Ertapenem :

Use Ertapenem as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Ertapenem is usually given as an injection at your doctor's office, hospital, or clinic. If you will be using Ertapenem at home, a health care provider will teach you how to use it. Be sure you understand how to use Ertapenem . Follow the procedures you are taught when you use a dose. Contact your health care provider if you have any questions.
  • Do not use Ertapenem if it contains particles, is cloudy or discolored, or if the vial is cracked or damaged.
  • To clear up your infection completely, use Ertapenem for the full course of treatment. Keep using it even if you feel better in a few days.
  • If you miss a dose of Ertapenem , use it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not use 2 doses at once.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Ertapenem .

Important safety information:

  • Ertapenem may cause dizziness. This effect may be worse if you take it with alcohol or certain medicines. Use Ertapenem with caution. Do not drive or perform other possibly unsafe tasks until you know how you react to it.
  • Be sure to use Ertapenem for the full course of treatment. If you do not, the medicine may not clear up your infection completely. The bacteria could also become less sensitive to this or other medicines. This could make the infection harder to treat in the future.
  • Ertapenem only works against bacteria; it does not treat viral infections (eg, the common cold).
  • Mild diarrhea is common with antibiotic use. However, a more serious form of diarrhea (pseudomembranous colitis) may rarely occur. This may develop while you use the antibiotic of within several months after you stop using it. Contact your doctor right away if stomach pain or cramps, severe diarrhea, or bloody stools occur. Do not treat diarrhea without first checking with your doctor.
  • Long-term or repeated use of Ertapenem may cause a second infection. Tell your doctor if signs of a second infection occur. Your medicine may need to be changed to treat this.
  • Lab tests, including kidney function, liver function, and complete blood cell counts, may be performed while you use Ertapenem . These tests may be used to monitor your condition or check for side effects. Be sure to keep all doctor and lab appointments.
  • Ertapenem should not be used in CHILDREN younger than 3 months old; safety and effectiveness in these children have not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using Ertapenem while you are pregnant. Ertapenem is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use Ertapenem , check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of Ertapenem :

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Diarrhea; dizziness; headache; indigestion; nausea; sleeplessness; vomiting.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); bloody stools; breathing problems; chest pain; fast heartbeat; fever, chills, or sore throat; mental or mood changes (eg, agitation, anxiety, confusion); pain, swelling, or redness at the injection site; seizures; severe or persistent diarrhea; severe stomach cramps or pain; swelling of hands or feet; tremors or abnormal muscle movements; unusual vaginal odor or discharge; white patches in the mouth.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center (http://www.aapcc.org), or emergency room immediately. Symptoms may include diarrhea; dizziness; nausea.

Proper storage of Ertapenem :

Ertapenem is usually handled and stored by a health care provider. If you are using Ertapenem at home, store Ertapenem as directed by your pharmacist or health care provider. Do not freeze. Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep Ertapenem out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Ertapenem , please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Ertapenem is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.

This information is a summary only. It does not contain all information about Ertapenem . If you have questions about the medicine you are taking or would like more information, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.

  • Ertapenem Professional Patient Advice (Wolters Kluwer)
  • ertapenem Concise Consumer Information (Cerner Multum)
  • ertapenem Injection Advanced Consumer (Micromedex) - Includes Dosage Information
  • Invanz Prescribing Information (FDA)

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