Ertapenem is an antibiotic that fights bacteria. Ertapenem is used to treat severe infections of the skin, lungs, stomach, pelvis, and urinary tract. It is also used to prevent infection in people having certain types of surgery. Ertapenem may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
Ertapenem, brand name Invanz, belongs to a class of drugs known as Carbapenems. Ertapenem is used in medicine for treating moderate to severe infections that are caused by certain bacteria in the body of a patient. Ertapenem may also be used to prevent infections after certain types of surgery are carried out on a patient. Ertapenem generally functions by killing sensitive bacteria.