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Drugs reference index «Ertapenem»


Pronunciation: (ER-ta-PEN-em)Class: Carbapenem

Trade Names:Invanz- Powder for injection, lyophilized 1.046 g ertapenem sodium (equivalent to 1 g ertapenem)


Inhibits cell wall synthesis.



Bioavailability for IM dose is approximately 90%. T max is approximately 2.3 h (IM).


Approximately 85% to 95% protein bound (concentration dependent). Vd is approximately 0.12 L/kg in adults; 0.2 L/kg in children 3 mo to 12 yr of age; 0.16 L/kg in children 13 to 17 yr of age (at steady state).


Major metabolite is the inactive ring-opened derivative formed by hydrolysis of the beta-lactam ring.


The t ½ is approximately 4 h. Approximately 80% excreted in urine (approximately 38% as unchanged drug) and 10% in feces.

Special Populations

Renal Function Impairment

Unbound AUC increased 1.5- and 2.3-fold in those with mild and moderate renal function impairment, respectively. No dosage adjustment necessary. Unbound AUC increased 4.4- and 7.6-fold in those with advanced and end-stage renal function impairment, respectively. Dosage adjustment required.

Hepatic Function Impairment

Pharmacokinetics have not been established.


The total and unbound AUC increased 37% and 67%, respectively.

Indications and Usage

Treatment of moderate to severe complicated intra-abdominal infections, complicated skin and skin structure infections, community-acquired pneumonia, complicated UTIs (eg, pyelonephritis), and acute pelvic infections (eg, postpartum endomyometritis, septic abortion, postsurgical gynecologic infections) caused by susceptible microorganisms; prophylaxis of surgical-site infection following elective colorectal surgery.


Hypersensitivity to any component of this product or to other drugs in the same class; patients who have demonstrated anaphylactic reactions to beta-lactams; because of the lidocaine diluent, patients with known sensitivity to local anesthetics of the amide type.

Dosage and Administration

Complicated Intra-Abdominal InfectionsAdults and Children 13 yr of age and older

IV/IM 1 g/day for 7 to 14 days.

Children 3 mo to 12 yr of age

IV/IM 15 mg/kg twice daily for 5 to 14 days.

Complicated Skin and Skin Structure InfectionsAdults and Children 13 yr of age and older

IV/IM 1 g/day for 7 to 14 days.

Children 3 mo to 12 yr of age

IV/IM 15 mg/kg twice daily for 7 to 14 days.

Community-Acquired Pneumonia or Complicated UTIs (eg, Pyelonephritis)Adults and Children 13 yr of age and older

IV/IM 1 g/day for 10 to 14 days.

Children 3 mo to 12 yr of age

IV/IM 15 mg/kg twice daily for 10 to 14 days.

Acute Pelvic InfectionsAdults and Children 13 yr of age and older

IV/IM 1 g/day for 3 to 10 days.

Children 3 mo to 12 yr of age

IV/IM 15 mg/kg twice daily for 3 to 10 days.

Renal Function ImpairmentAdults and Children 13 yr of age and older

IV/IM Ccr 30 mL/min or less: 500 mg/day.

Children 3 mo to 12 yr of age

IV/IM No data available.


IV/IM 500 mg within 6 h prior to hemodialysis and a supplemental dose of 150 mg following the hemodialysis session.

Children 3 mo to 12 yr of age

IV/IM No data available.

Prophylaxis of Surgical SiteAdults

IV 1 g 1 h prior to surgical incision.

General Advice

  • For IV infusion, reconstitute with 10 mL of compatible diluent (water for injection, sodium chloride 0.9% injection, or bacteriostatic water for injection). Do not use diluents containing dextrose. Shake well to dissolve powder, and immediately transfer contents of the reconstituted vial to 50 mL of sodium chloride 0.9% injection. Infuse prescribed dose over 30 min. Complete infusion within 6 h of reconstitution. Do not mix or co-infuse with other medications.
  • Do not administer if reconstituted solution is cloudy, discolored, or contains particulate matter.
  • For IM administration, reconstitute with 3.2 mL of lidocaine hydrochloride 1% injection (without epinephrine). Shake vial thoroughly to form clear solution. Immediately withdraw contents of vial and administer by deep IM injection into large muscle mass. Do not administer IV. Use reconstituted IM solution within 1 h after preparation.
  • Reconstituted solution may exhibit a pale yellow color, which is normal and does not affect potency.
  • If other drugs are being administered through the same IV line, flush IV line before and after infusion with sodium chloride 0.9% injection.
  • Do not mix or coinfuse with other medications; do not use diluents containing dextrose.


Store lyophilized powder below 77°F. Reconstituted solution for IV administration, diluted in sodium chloride 0.9% injection, may be stored at room temperature and used within 6 h or stored under refrigeration for 24 h and used within 4 h after removal from refrigeration. Protect from freezing. Use reconstituted solution for IM administration within 1 h of preparation.

Drug Interactions


Inhibits renal excretion of ertapenem; coadministration not recommended.

Laboratory Test Interactions

None well documented.

Adverse Reactions



Hypertension, hypotension, tachycardia (2%).



Headache (7%); altered mental status (5%); insomnia (3%); dizziness (2%); anxiety, asthenia/fatigue (1%).


Pyrexia (5%); headache (4%); dizziness (2%).





Erythema, pruritus, rash (2%).


Diaper dermatitis (5%); rash (3%); pruritus (2%); dermatitis (1%).



Pharyngitis (1%).


Nasopharyngitis (2%); viral pharyngitis (1%).



Diarrhea (10%); nausea (8%); abdominal swelling, constipation, vomiting (4%); acid regurgitation, small intestine obstruction (2%); dyspepsia, oral candidiasis (1%).


Diarrhea (12%); vomiting (10%); abdominal pain (5%); constipation, loose stools, nausea (2%); abdominal abscess, upper abdominal pain (1%).



UTIs (4%); vaginitis (3%).



Anemia (6%)

Lab Tests


Increased ALT (9%); increased AST (8%); increased platelet count, increased serum alkaline phosphatase (7%); decreased Hgb (5%); decreased Hct (3%); decreased segmented neutrophils, decreased serum albumin, decreased serum potassium, decreased WBC, increased eosinophils, increased serum glucose, increased total serum bilirubin, increased urine RBC and WBC (2%); decreased platelet count, increased PT, increased serum creatinine, increased serum potassium (1%).


Decreased neutrophil count (6%); increased ALT, increased AST (4%); increased alkaline phosphatase, increased eosinophil count, increased platelet count (1%).



Infused vein complication (7%); extravasation, phlebitis/thrombophlebitis (2%).


Pain (7%); erythema (4%); phlebitis, swelling (2%); induration, warmth (1%).



Leg pain (1%).



Dyspnea (3%); cough, pneumonia (2%); rales/rhonchi, respiratory distress (1%).


Cough (4%); upper respiratory tract infection (2%); wheezing (1%).



Wound infections (6%); fever (5%); edema/swelling (3%); anastomotic leak, C. difficile infection/colitis, cellulitis, chest pain, death, postoperative infection (2%); seroma (1%).


Hypothermia (2%); herpes simplex (1%).


Anaphylaxis/anaphylactoid reactions.



Periodic assessment of organ system function, including renal, hepatic, and hematopoietic, is advised during prolonged therapy. Monitor patient's response to therapy.


Category B .


Excreted in breast milk.


Safety and efficacy not established in children younger than 3 mo of age.


Because elderly patients are more likely to have decreased renal function, select dose with caution.


Hypersensitivity reactions may occur; do not administer to patients who have demonstrated anaphylactic reactions to beta-lactams, carbapenams, or penicillin.

Renal Function

Adjust dose accordingly.


May result in bacterial or fungal overgrowth of nonsusceptible organisms.


Seizures and other CNS adverse reactions may occur.

Pseudomembranous colitis

Consider possibility in patients with diarrhea.



Diarrhea, dizziness, nausea.

Patient Information

  • Explain to patient that medication will be prepared and administered by health care provider.
  • Review dosing schedule and prescribed length of therapy with patient. Advise patient that dose and duration of therapy are dependent on site and cause of infection and response to therapy.
  • Advise patient to notify health care provider if infection does not improve or appears to worsen.
  • Instruct patient to report the following symptoms to health care provider: black, furry tongue; diarrhea; difficulty breathing; hives; itching; loose, foul-smelling stools; rash; vaginal itching or discharge.

Copyright © 2009 Wolters Kluwer Health.

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  • ertapenem Concise Consumer Information (Cerner Multum)
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  • Invanz Prescribing Information (FDA)

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