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Brand name: Ertapenem (Kabi) TM

Active ingredients: ertapenem

What it is used for

Ertapenem is indicated for the treatment of patients, aged 3 months or more, with moderate to severe infections (except meningitis, see PRECAUTIONS) caused by susceptible strains of microorganisms which are suspected or proven to be resistant to all other antibiotics, or for patients unable to tolerate other antibiotics.,Ertapenem is also indicated for initial empiric therapy for the treatment of complicated intra-abdominal infections and acute pelvic infections including post-partum endomyometritis, septic abortion and post-surgical gynaecological infections.,Ertapenem is also indicated for the treatment of diabetic foot infections, which require parenteral antibiotic therapy and are caused by susceptible bacterial pathogens which are suspected or proven to be resistant to all other registered antibiotics, or for patients unable to tolerate other antibiotics.,Appropriate specimens for bacteriological examination should be obtained in order to isolate and identify the causative organisms and to determine their susceptibility to ertapenem. Therapy with ertapenem may be initiated empirically before the results of these tests are known; once these results become available, antimicrobial therapy should be adjusted accordingly.

How to take it

The way to take this medicine is: Intravenous Infusion.

  • Store below 25 degrees Celsius
  • Store in Original Container
  • Shelf lifetime is 24 Months.

You should seek medical advice in relation to medicines and use only as directed by a healthcare professional.

Always read the label. If symptoms persist see your healthcare professional.

Visual appearance

white to yellowish powder

Do I need a prescription?

This medicine is available from a pharmacist and requires a prescription. It is Schedule 4 : Prescription Only Medicine.

Pregnant or planning a pregnancy?

For the active ingredient ertapenem

You should seek advice from your doctor or pharmacist about taking this medicine. They can help you balance the risks and the benefits of this medicine during pregnancy.

Reporting side effects

You can help ensure medicines are safe by reporting the side effects you experience.

You can report side effects to your doctor, or directly at www.tga.gov.au/reporting-problems

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