Ertapenem - Pharmacokinetics


Unlike imipenem and meropenem, ertapenem is highly protein bound, which results in a longer half life (4 hours).

Ertapenem is excreted primarily (80%) by the kidneys. Metabolism by the liver is not clinically important and does not affect dosing.

Patients on haemodialysis should be given ertapenem at least 6 hours before dialysis. If it is given less than six hours before dialysis, then the patient should be given an additional dose of 150 mg IV after dialysis. Ideally, patients on haemodialysis should be given ertapenem immediately following dialysis.

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