What are the side effects of imipenem-cilastatin?

Common side effects of imipenem-cilastatin include:

  • diarrhea
  • dizziness
  • fatigue
  • heartburn
  • injection site irritation, inflammation or redness
  • nausea
  • rash
  • ringing in the ears
  • sore throat
  • stomach ache
  • vaginal itching or discharge
  • vomiting

If any common symptoms become persistent or worsen, tell your doctor right away.

Serious side effects can also develop. If any of the following serious side effects develop, seek medical attention immediately. Serious side effects include:

  • abdominal pain
  • confusion/hallucinations
  • darkening of urine
  • fainting
  • flu-like symptoms
  • irregular or excessive heartbeats
  • jaundice
  • lightheadedness
  • loss of appetite
  • seizures
  • severe or sudden stomach ache
  • severe rash with blistering, peeling and reddening of skin

Imipenem-cilastatin can affect a fetus and a nursing infant; it's not recommended for use during pregnancy or breast-feeding. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or become pregnant while using imipenem-cilastatin.

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