Brand NamesErtapenem, Invanz
What is Ertapenem
Ertapenem is an antibiotic that fights bacteria. This medication is intended to treat severe infections of the skin, lungs, stomach, pelvis, and urinary tract. It is also used to prevent infection in people having certain types of surgery.
Side effects of Ertapenem
There is a list of serious side effects caused by this medication:
- hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat;
- skin rash, bruising, severe tingling, numbness, pain, muscle weakness;
- tremors, twitching, or rigid (very stiff) muscles;
- seizures (black-out or convulsions);
- diarrhea that is watery or bloody.
Other less serious side effects may include:
- mild nausea or diarrhea, constipation;
- vaginal itching or discharge;
- pain, redness, or mild swelling where the medicine was injected.
This medication is intended to treat severe infections of the skin, lungs, stomach, pelvis, and urinary tract. It is also used to prevent infection in people having certain types of surgery.
You should not use this medication if you have:
- allergy to ertapenem or to any other antibiotic, especially: meropenem (Merrem); imipenem (Primaxin); a cephalosporin such as cefdinir (Omnicef), cefprozil (Cefzil), cefuroxime (Ceftin), cephalexin (Keflex), and others; a penicillin such as amoxicillin (Amoxil, Augmentin), ampicillin (Omnipen, Principen), dicloxacillin (Dycill, Dynapen), oxacillin (Bactocill), or penicillin (Bicillin C-R, PC Pen VK, Pen-V, Pfizerpen, and others).
- kidney disease;
- epilepsy or other seizure disorder;
- a history of head injury or brain tumor;
- are allergic to a numbing medicine such as lidocaine or Novocain.
The dose will be determined by your doctor.