Doripenem (Injection)

Introduction

Doripenem (dor-i-PEN-em)

Treats infections caused by bacteria. This medicine is an antibiotic.

Brand Name(s)

Doribax

There may be other brand names for this medicine.

When This Medicine Should Not Be Used

You should not receive this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to doripenem or similar medicines such as ertapenem (Invanz®), imipenem/cilastatin (Primaxin®), meropenem (Merrem®), amoxicillin (Amoxil®), ampicillin (Principen®), cefaclor (Ceclor®), cefdinir (Omnicef®), cefotaxime (Claforan®), ceftriaxone (Rocephin®), cephalexin (Keflex®), or penicillin.

How to Use This Medicine

Injectable

  • Your doctor will prescribe your exact dose and tell you how often it should be given. This medicine is given through a needle placed in one of your veins.
  • A nurse or other trained health professional will give you this medicine.

Drugs and Foods to Avoid

Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

  • Make sure your doctor knows if you are using probenecid (Benemid®), sodium valproate (Depacon®), or valproic acid (Depakene®).

Warnings While Using This Medicine

  • Make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or if you have kidney disease or a history of seizures.
  • Tell your doctor if you have ever had an allergic reaction to any other antibiotic.
  • If you have severe diarrhea, ask your doctor before taking any medicine to stop the diarrhea.It may occur 2 months or more after you stop taking this medicine.
  • Do not use this medicine for any condition that has not been checked by a doctor. This antibiotic will not treat the flu or common cold.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they get worse, call your doctor.

Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine

Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:

  • Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in your face or hands, swelling or tingling in your mouth or throat, chest tightness, trouble breathing
  • Blistering, peeling, or red skin rash
  • Severe diarrhea (watery or bloody)

If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:

  • Headache
  • Mild diarrhea or nausea
  • Mild skin rash or itching
  • Pain, redness, tenderness, or swelling on your skin where the needle is placed

If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088

Version Info

  • Last Reviewed on 06/12/2013

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This page was last updated: June 18, 2013

         
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