Generic Medicine Info
Indications and Dosage
Lower respiratory tract infections
Adult: Exacerbation in patients with cystic fibrosis: 2 g 8 hourly via infusion over approx 15-30 minutes.
Child: ≥3 months weighing ≤50 kg: 40 mg/kg 8 hourly via infusion over approx 15-30 minutes; >50 kg: Same as adult dose.

Susceptible Gram-negative infections, Susceptible Gram-positive infections
Adult: In cases of severe pneumonia, complicated UTI, complicated intra-abdominal infections, complicated skin and skin structure infections, gynaecological infections: 0.5-1 g 8 hourly via infusion over approx 15-30 minutes or via bolus inj over approx 3-5 minutes.
Child: ≥3 months weighing ≤50 kg: 10-20 mg/kg 8 hourly via infusion over approx 15-30 minutes or via bolus inj over approx 3-5 minutes; >50 kg: Same as adult dose.

Bacterial meningitis
Adult: 2 g 8 hourly via infusion over approx 15-30 minutes.
Child: ≥3 months weighing ≤50 kg: 40 mg/kg 8 hourly via infusion over approx 15-30 minutes; >50 kg: Same as adult dose.
Renal Impairment
CrCl (mL/min) Dosage
<10 Half the usual dose 24 hourly.
10-25 Half the usual dose 12 hourly.
26-50 Usual dose 12 hourly.
Reconstitute vial labelled as containing 500 mg or 1 g with 10 mL or 20 mL of sterile water for inj, respectively, to provide a final concentration of 50 mg/mL. May dilute further with a compatible solution for infusion (e.g. 0.9% NaCl, dextrose 5%) to a final concentration ranging from 1-20 mg/mL.
Hypersensitivity to meropenem or other carbapenems. History of anaphylactic reaction to β-lactams (e.g. penicillins, cephalosporins).
Special Precautions
Patient with CNS disorder (e.g. brain lesions, history of seizures). Renal and hepatic impairment. Children. Pregnancy and lactation.
Adverse Reactions
Significant: Confusional states and seizure; severe cutaneous reactions (e.g. Stevens-Johnson syndrome [SJS], toxic epidermal necrolysis [TEN], drug reaction with eosinophilia and systemic symptoms [DRESS], erythema multiforme, acute generalised exanthematous pustulosis); fungal or bacterial superinfection including C. difficile-associated diarrhoea.
Blood and lymphatic system disorders: Thrombocythaemia, anaemia.
Gastrointestinal disorders: Diarrhoea, vomiting, nausea, abdominal pain, constipation.
General disorders and administration site conditions: Injection site inflammation, pain.
Investigations: Increased transaminases, increased alkaline phosphatase, increased lactate dehydrogenase.
Nervous system disorders: Headache.
Skin and subcutaneous tissue disorders: Rash, pruritus.
Potentially Fatal: Hypersensitivity reactions (e.g. anaphylaxis), antibiotic-associated or pseudomembranous colitis.
IV/Parenteral: B
Patient Counseling Information
This drug may cause seizure, headache, paraesthesia, and delirium, if affected, do not drive or operate machinery.
Monitoring Parameters
Perform culture and sensitivity testing prior to initiation of therapy. Monitor renal function, LFT, CBC (prolonged use). Monitor for signs of anaphylaxis during 1st dose.
Drug Interactions
Increased plasma concentration and prolonged elimination half-life with probenecid. May decrease plasma levels of valproic acid, thus increasing the risk of seizures. May enhance anticoagulant effect of warfarin.
Lab Interference
May give positive direct or indirect Coombs test.
Description: Meropenem is a β-lactam antibiotic. It inhibits bacterial cell wall synthesis by binding to several penicillin-binding proteins (PBPs) in gram-negative and gram-positive bacteria resulting in cell wall assembly arrest and eventually bacterial cell lysis.
Absorption: Time to peak plasma concentration: Approx 1 hour (tissues); 2-3 hours (CSF).
Distribution: Widely distributed into body tissues and fluids including peritoneal fluid, urinary tract, lung, bronchial mucosa, muscle tissue, CSF, and bile. Enters breast milk (small amounts). Volume of distribution: 15-20 L (adult); approx. 0.3-0.4 L/kg (children). Plasma protein binding: Approx 2%.
Metabolism: Metabolised in the liver via hydrolysis into inactive form.
Excretion: Mainly via urine (approx 70% as unchanged drug; approx 28% as inactive metabolite); faeces (2%). Elimination half-life: Approx 1 hour.
Chemical Structure

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Source: National Center for Biotechnology Information. PubChem Database. Meropenem, CID=441130, (accessed on Jan. 22, 2020)

Store between 20-25°C. Reconstituted solution: Store up to 3 hours at 25°C or 12 hours between 2-8°C. Do not freeze.
MIMS Class
Other Beta-Lactams
ATC Classification
J01DH02 - meropenem ; Belongs to the class of carbapenems. Used in the systemic treatment of infections.
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