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12.12 Meropenem (Merrem)

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Generic Name

Meropenem

Trade/Brand Name

Merrem

Indication

  • Bacterial meningitis
  • Skin and skin structure infections
  • Complicated intra-abdominal infections
  • Sepsis/Septic shock

Action

Inhibits bacterial wall synthesis

Therapeutic Class

Antibiotic

Pharmacologic Class

Carbapenem

Nursing Considerations

  • Caution in patients with cephalosporin allergy
  • May cause
    • Seizures
    • Anaphylactic reactions
    • C-diff
  • May lead to
    • Stevens-Johnson syndrome
    • Superinfection
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