ERTAZEN INJECTION 1GM belongs to a class of medications called ‘antibiotics’ used to treat bacterial infections. It can be used to treat intra-abdominal (stomach) infections, skin infections such as diabetic foot infections, community-acquired pneumonia (lung infection), and acute (short-term) gynaecological infections such as urinary tract infections and pelvic infections. It is also used to prevent surgical site infections in patients who have undergone surgery on the colon or rectum.
ERTAZEN INJECTION 1GM contains ‘Ertapenem’, which belongs to the class of ‘carbapenem antibiotics. It has bactericidal action and kills the bacteria that are causing the infection. It works by destroying the cell wall (outer layer of the bacteria), which is essential for its survival. ERTAZEN INJECTION 1GM does not work against infections caused by viruses.
ERTAZEN INJECTION 1GM is available in the form of injection and infusion. You should take this medicine exactly as prescribed by your doctor. The common side-effects of ERTAZEN INJECTION 1GM are nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, headache, and injection site pain. These side effects are usually mild and temporary. However, if these side effects persist or worsen, inform your doctor immediately.
Do not take ERTAZEN INJECTION 1GM if you are allergic to ‘Ertapenem’ or antibiotics such as penicillins, cephalosporins, and carbapenems. Before taking ERTAZEN INJECTION 1GM, inform your doctor if you have diarrhoea, brain disorders such as seizures (fits), have been taking valproic acid medicine for treating seizures, have kidney failure, and be on a controlled sodium diet. Also, inform your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Do not use ERTAZEN INJECTION 1GM in children below 2 years of age. In the elderly, dosage adjustments may not be necessary except in patients with kidney failure. ERTAZEN INJECTION 1GM may not interact with alcohol. ERTAZEN INJECTION 1GM may cause dizziness (less common), so do not drive or operate heavy machinery if you feel dizzy.
ERTAZEN INJECTION 1GM contains ‘Ertapenem’, which belongs to the class of ‘carbapenem antibiotics. It is used in the treatment of high-risk or serious bacterial infections. Ertapenem has bactericidal action and works by killing the bacteria causing the infection. It interferes with the formation of the cell wall, which is essential for the bacteria's survival. It has a broad spectrum of activity and is active against both gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria. It can act against various bacterial strains, such as Enterobacteriaceae (cause infections in healthcare settings), Streptococcus pneumonia (cause community-acquired pneumonia), and anaerobic bacteria, which are common causes of serious infections.
Directions for Use
ERTAZEN INJECTION 1GM is given by a doctor or a healthcare professional, so do not self-administer. The dose and duration are determined by the doctor based on your health condition.
Store in a cool and dry place away from sunlight
Side Effects of ERTAZEN INJECTION 1GM
Injection site pain
Do not take ERTAZEN INJECTION 1GM for prolonged periods as long-term use may cause superinfection (additional infection caused by other microbes). ERTAZEN INJECTION 1GM should not be used in patients with diabetic foot infections with ‘osteomyelitis’ (an infection of the bone) as there is no much research regarding the safe use of ERTAZEN INJECTION 1GM in these populations. ERTAZEN INJECTION 1GM should be used with caution in patients with brain disorders such as seizures (fits) as it may worsen the condition. If you experience diarrhoea before, during, or after the treatment, do not take self-medication without discussing it with your doctor. Diarrhoea may also occur due to the inflammation of the colon. ERTAZEN INJECTION 1GM contains sodium, so it should be used with caution in patients on a sodium-restricted diet. ERTAZEN INJECTION 1GM may also cause a change in liver function tests, a change in platelet count, and a change in white blood cell count (in children). So, it is essential to monitor these tests if you are taking this medicine frequently.
Drug-Drug Interactions: ERTAZEN INJECTION 1GM may interact with a medication used to treat seizures (valproic acid) and a medication used to treat gout (probenecid).
Drug-Food Interactions: No interactions found.
Drug-Disease Interactions: ERTAZEN INJECTION 1GM should be used with caution in patients with diarrhoea, brain disorders such as seizures (fits), and kidney failure.
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Diet & Lifestyle Advise
Eat healthily. Opt for a balanced and nutrient-rich diet.
Avoid foods rich in calcium, grapefruit, and grapefruit juice, as they might hinder antibiotic absorption.
Avoid consumption of alcohol to treat your condition effectively.
Avoid usage of tobacco.
ERTAZEN INJECTION 1GM may cause live bacterial vaccines (such as typhoid vaccine) to not work as well. Do not have any immunizations/vaccinations while using this medication unless your doctor tells you to.
Intra-abdominal infections: It is a broader term used to describe infections associated with the stomach, intestine, peritoneum (lining of the abdominal wall), or other parts present in the abdomen. It mostly occurs due to a complication of another condition, such as appendicitis, following surgery, or a trauma. Symptoms depend on the organ affected or the site of infection. Common symptoms include nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, and change in bowel habits.
Diabetic foot infections: These are major complications of diabetes. In this condition, the skin tissues break down and expose the inner parts of the skin layer. This diabetic foot infection occurs when the diabetes level becomes uncontrollable. It is one of the most common causes of hospitalization among diabetic patients.
Community-acquired pneumonia: It is called community-acquired as this infection is acquired outside the hospital. It is most commonly caused by the bacteria Streptococcus pneumonia. Symptoms include cough, heavy sputum, shortness of breath, fever, and chills. The risk factors are smoking, age above 65 years, alcoholism, and a weak immune system.
Urinary tract infection (UTI): It is an infection in any part of the urinary system- the kidneys, bladder, or urethra. A bladder infection may cause an increased urge to urinate, pelvic pain, pain during urination, and blood in the urine. A kidney infection may cause tenderness and pain in the back, fever, chills, nausea, and vomiting. The causes of UTI include a weak immune system, kidney stones, enlarged prostate, prolonged use of urinary catheters, diabetes, poor bathroom hygiene, sexual activity, and age.
Pelvic infections: It is also called pelvic inflammatory disease (PID). It is a sexually transmitted infection of the female reproductive organs. Symptoms include pelvic pain, fever, and vaginal discharge.
ERTAZEN INJECTION 1GM may not interact with alcohol. However, it is advised not to consume alcohol as it may interfere with your ability to fight infections.
ERTAZEN INJECTION 1GM is a category B medicine and may not cause harmful effects on the unborn baby. However, your doctor may prescribe this medicine if the benefits outweigh the risks.
ERTAZEN INJECTION 1GM may get secreted in the breast milk. Your doctor may advise you to stop breastfeeding while using this medicine.
ERTAZEN INJECTION 1GM may cause dizziness in some cases. So, do not drive or operate heavy machinery if you feel dizzy.
Safe if prescribed
ERTAZEN INJECTION 1GM is probably safe when used in patients with liver diseases. However, if you have liver problems, inform your doctor before taking this medicine.
ERTAZEN INJECTION 1GM should be used with caution if you have kidney problems. Your doctor may adjust the dose if necessary based on your condition.
ERTAZEN INJECTION 1GM is not recommended for use in children below 2 years of age. Your doctor will decide the dose of ERTAZEN INJECTION 1GM based on your child's age and condition.
How does ERTAZEN INJECTION 1GM work?
ERTAZEN INJECTION 1GM contains ‘Ertapenem’, which belongs to the class of ‘carbapenem antibiotics. It has bactericidal action and kills the bacteria that are causing the infection. It works by destroying the cell wall (outer layer of the bacteria), which is essential for its survival.
Does ERTAZEN INJECTION 1GM cause anemia?
ERTAZEN INJECTION 1GM may not cause anemia. However, it can lower platelet and white blood cell (WBC) count in some patients. Consult your doctor immediately.
What are the side-effects of ERTAZEN INJECTION 1GM?
ERTAZEN INJECTION 1GM may cause side effects such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, headache, and injection site pain. These side effects are usually mild and temporary. However, if any of these side effects persist or get severe, consult a doctor immediately.
Does ERTAZEN INJECTION 1GM treat all types of pneumonia?
ERTAZEN INJECTION 1GM is used only to treat community-acquired pneumonia. However, it is not used in patients with community-acquired pneumonia associated with osteomyelitis (a bone infection). So, you must inform your doctor about all the symptoms and illnesses you have before using ERTAZEN INJECTION 1GM.
What are intra-abdominal infections?
intra-abdominal infection is a broader term used to describe infections associated with the stomach, intestine, peritoneum (lining of the abdominal wall), or other parts present in the abdomen. It mostly occurs due to a complication of another condition, such as appendicitis, following surgery, or a trauma. Common symptoms include nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, and change in bowel habits.
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