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What should I know about imipenem and cilastatin for injection?

Before receiving imipenem-cilastatin sodium, it's important to know that it comes in two forms that are administered differently. The IM form is injected directly into a muscle, while the IV form is administered slowly into a vein. The two forms and how they are administered should not be confused. It's also important to know that certain medications can interact with either formulation. These medications include:

  • penicillins
  • cephalosporins
  • ganciclovir
  • theophylline
  • valproic acid
  • cyclosporine

Certain health conditions can increase the risk for imipenem-cilastatin side effects, including seizures or tremors. These health conditions include:

  • kidney disease
  • history of seizures
  • brain disorders/disease

Tell your doctor if you are pregnant before using imipenem-cilastatin. If you become pregnant while taking this antibiotic, tell your doctor right away.

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