Neonatal Drug Therapy Manual


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Alternate Name(s): 
Antibiotic, Carbapenem
Original Date: 
August 2003
Revised Date: 
July 2017
  • Infections due to multiresistant Gram (-) and Gram (+) bacteria
  • IV intermittent infusion: over 15 - 30 minutes
  • < 2 kg:
    • 0 - 14 days: 20 mg/kg/dose Q12h
    • > 14 days: 20 mg/kg/dose Q8h
  • > 2 kg:
    • 0 - 14 days: 20 mg/kg/dose Q8h
    • > 14 days: 30 mg/kg/dose Q8h
  • Suspected meningitis: 40 mg/kg/dose Q8H
Side Effects: 
  • CVS: hypotension
  • Hematologic: leukopenia, neutropenia
  • Hepatic: transient increased AST, ALT, alkaline phosphatase, LDH and bilirubin
  • Local: phlebitis
  • Renal: elevated urea and serum creatinine
Parameters to Monitor: 
  • BP
  • CBC
  • Liver function tests
  • BUN and serum creatinine
  • Injection site
Reconstitution and Stability: 

Meropenem 1 g

  • Add 20 mL SWFI. Take 8 mL (400 mg) and add to 12 mL 0.9% NaCl
  • Final Concentration: 20 mg/mL

- Solutions Compatible: D5W, D10W, 0.9% NaCl, dextose-saline combinations

- Y-site Compatible: dobutamine, dopamine, fluconazole, furosemide, heparin (up to 1 unit/mL), KCl (up to 40 mmol/L), milrinone, morphine, norepinephrine, phenobarbital, SMOF, TPN, vancomycin

- Incompatible: acyclovir, amphotericin B, metronidazole, sodium bicarbonate

  • Contains 3.92 mmol of sodium per gram of meropenem

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- Trissel LA. Handbook on Injectable Drugs. 17th Edition. Bethesda: American Society of health-System Pharmacists; 2013

- van den Anker JN, Pokorna P, Kinzing-Schippers M et al.  Meropenem Pharmacokinetics in The Newborn. Antimicrob Agents Chemother Sept 2009; 53 99) 3871-79

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