Meropenem Induced HypokalemiaCorrespondence Address :
Dr. Veena Nayak,
Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacology, KMC, Manipal University, Udupi-576104, Karnataka, India.
Meropenam, a beta-lactam antibiotic has been used for severe infections of skin, tissue, intra- abdominal and urogenital infections in hospitalized patients. The common adverse effects reported are diarrhoea, vomiting, rashes and hypersensitivity reactions. Here we report two cases of meropenam induced hypokalemia, wherein, meropenam was prescribed for cellulitis and urinary tract infection in the first and second case respectively. Hypokalemia can manifest as muscular weakness, fatigue, muscle cramps, constipation, ileus, flaccid paralysis, hyporeflexia, hypercapnia, tetany, rhabdomyolysis or respiratory failure. Hence, it is necessary to make physicians aware of such an adverse effect which can develop with meropenam.
Antibacterial agents, Beta-lactam antibiotics, Hypokalemia, Infections
T V Anuhya, Raviraj Acharya, Sharath Madhyastha, Ram Bhat, Veena Nayak. MEROPENEM INDUCED HYPOKALEMIA. Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research [serial online] 2017 August [cited: 2017 Oct 19 ]; 11:OD05-OD06. Available from
Date of Submission: Feb 15, 2017
Date of Peer Review: Mar 10, 2017
Date of Acceptance: May 05, 2017
Date of Publishing: Aug 01, 2017
FINANCIAL OR OTHER COMPETING INTERESTS: None.
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