PATIENT MEDICATION

Imipenem / cilastatin

 

Description

Imipenem / cilastatin (also called Primaxin®) is a medicine used to treat infections. Imipenem / cilastatin is available as a clear to yellow liquid that is given into a vein (IV).

Possible side effects

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Rash
  • Itching
  • Feeling sleepy or dizzy
  • Low blood pressure
  • Seizures
  • Changes in kidney or liver function tests
  • Swelling at the injection site
  • Change in taste
  • Allergic reaction with the following symptoms: rash, hives, itching, fever, or shortness of breath
  • Decreased blood counts

These are the most common side effects, but there may be others. Please report all side effects to the doctor or nurse.

In case of a severe side effect or reaction, call the doctor, nurse, or pharmacist at 901-595-3300. If you are outside the Memphis area, dial toll-free 1-866-2STJUDE (1-866-278-5833), and press 0 once the call is connected.

Special instructions

  • If you have decreased kidney function, tell your doctor before you receive imipenem / cilastatin.
  • Imipenem / cilastatin may cause a false-positive urine test result when checking your urine for sugar (glucose) levels.

 

This document is not intended to take the place of the care and attention of your personal physician or other professional medical services. Our aim is to promote active participation in your care and treatment by providing information and education. Questions about individual health concerns or specific treatment options should be discussed with your physician.

St. Jude complies with health care-related federal civil rights laws and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, or sex.

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