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Doribax Patient Information including How Should I Take
In this Article
- What is doripenem (Doribax)?
- What are the possible side effects of doripenem (Doribax)?
- What is the most important information I should know about doripenem (Doribax)?
- What should I discuss with my health care provider before receiving doripenem (Doribax)?
- How is doripenem given (Doribax)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (Doribax)?
- What happens if I overdose (Doribax)?
- What should I avoid while receiving doripenem (Doribax)?
- What other drugs will affect doripenem (Doribax)?
- Where can I get more information?
What should I discuss with my health care provider before receiving doripenem (Doribax)?
You should not receive this medication if you are allergic to doripenem, ertapenem (Invanz), imipenem (Primaxin), or meropenem (Merrem).
To make sure doripenem is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have:
- kidney disease;
- seizures; or
- a history of allergy to penicillin antibiotics such as Amoxil, Augmentin, Bactocill, Bicillin L-A, Dycill, Dynapen, Moxatag, Omnipen, Principen, PC Pen VK, Pfizerpen, Ticar, Timentin, Unasyn, and others.
FDA pregnancy category B. Doripenem is not expected to harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment.
It is not known whether doripenem passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
How is doripenem given (Doribax)?
Follow all directions on your prescription label. Do not use this medicine in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.
Doripenem is injected into a vein through an IV. You may be shown how to use an IV at home. Do not self-inject this medicine if you do not understand how to give the injection and properly dispose of used needles, IV tubing, and other items used to inject the medicine.
Doripenem is usually given for 5 days to 2 weeks, depending on the condition being treated. You may be switched to an oral (pill form) antibiotic after the first few days of receiving doripenem by injection.
Doripenem is a powder that must be mixed with a liquid (diluent). You will need to place the doripenem and diluent mixture in an IV bag of infusion solution before using it. If you are using the injections at home, be sure you understand how to properly mix and store the medicine. Ask your pharmacist if you have questions.
Use this medication for the full prescribed length of time. Your symptoms may improve before the infection is completely cleared. Skipping doses may also increase your risk of further infection that is resistant to antibiotics. Doripenem will not treat a viral infection such as the common cold or flu.
After mixing the doripenem and diluent mixture with an IV infusion solution, you may store it at room temperature or in a refrigerator. Do not freeze.
At room temperature: You may store the mixture for up to 4 hours if your infusion solution is 5% dextrose, or up to 12 hours if your infusion solution is normal saline.
In a refrigerator: You may store the mixture for up to 24 hours if your infusion solution is 5% dextrose, or up to 72 hours if your infusion solution is normal saline.
Doripenem does not contain a preservative. Throw away any doripenem mixture not used within the correct number of hours based on your infusion solution and storage method.
Additional Doribax Information
- Doribax Drug Interactions Center: doripenem iv
- Doribax Side Effects Center
- Doribax Overview including Precautions
- Doribax FDA Approved Prescribing Information including Dosage
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