TIENAM 500 FOR INJECTION

Imipenem
Cilastatin

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*Trade Name used in the content below may not be the same as the HSA-registered product.

Active Ingredient / Synonyms

(5R,6S)-3-((2-(Formimidoylamino)ethyl)thio)-6-((R)-1-hydroxyethyl)-7-oxo-1-azabicyclo(3.2.0)hept-2-ene-2-carboxylic acid | (5R,6S)-3-(2-Formimidoylamino-ethylsulfanyl)-6-((R)-1-hydroxy-ethyl)-7-oxo-1-aza-bicyclo[3.2.0]hept-2-ene-2-carboxylic acid | (5R,6S)-6-((R)-1-Hydroxyethyl)-3-(2-(iminomethylamino)ethylthio)-7-oxo-1-azabicyclo(3.2.0)hept-2-ene-2-carbonsaeure | Imipenem anhydrous | Imipenemum | N-formimidoyl thienamycin | N-formimidoylthienamycin | Imipenem |

Description

Semisynthetic thienamycin that has a wide spectrum of antibacterial activity against gram-negative and gram-positive aerobic and anaerobic bacteria, including many multiresistant strains. It is stable to beta-lactamases. Clinical studies have demonstrated high efficacy in the treatment of infections of various body systems. Its effectiveness is enhanced when it is administered in combination with cilastatin, a renal dipeptidase inhibitor. [PubChem]

Indication

For the treatment of bacterial infections caused by susceptible bacteria.

Mechanism of Action

Imipenem acts as an antimicrobial through the inhibition of cell wall synthesis of various gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria. This inhibition of cell wall synthesis in gram-negative bateria is attained by binding to pencillin binding proteins (PBPs). In E. coli and selected strains of P. aeruginosa, imipenem has shown to have the highest affinity to PBP-2, PBP-1a, and PBP-1b. This preferential binding to PBP-2 and PBP-1b results in the direct conversion of the individual cell to a spheroblast, which leads to rapid cell lysis and death without filament formation.

Pharmacodynamics

Imipenem is a beta-lactam antibiotic belongings to the subgroup of carbapenems. Imipenem has a broad spectrum of activity against aerobic and anaerobic Gram positive as well as Gram negative bacteria. It is particularly important for its activity against Pseudomonas aeruginosa and the Enterococcus species. Imipenem is rapidly degraded by the renal enzyme dehydropeptidase when administered alone, and is always co-administered with cilastatin to prevent this inactivation.

Pharmacokinetics

Absorption:

Imipenem is not effectively absorbed from the gastrointestinal tract and therefore must be administered parenterally.

Distribution:

Not Available

Metabolism:

Renal.

Elimination:

Not Available

Half-life

1 hour

Clearance

Not Available

Toxicity

Not Available

Source of information: Drugbank (External Link). Last updated on: 3rd July 18
*Trade Name used in the content below may not be the same as the HSA-registered product.

Active Ingredient / Synonyms

(L)-7-(2-Amino-2-carboxy-ethylsulfanyl)-2-[(2,2-dimethyl-cyclopropanecarbonyl)-amino]-hept-2-enoic acid | (Z)-(S)-6-Carboxy-6-[(S)-2,2-dimethylcyclopropanecarboxamido]hex-5-enyl-L-cysteine | (Z)-7-((R)-2-Amino-2-carboxy-ethylsulfanyl)-2-[((S)-2,2-dimethyl-cyclopropanecarbonyl)-amino]-hept-2-enoic acid | Cilastatina | Cilastatine | Cilastatinum | Cilastatin |

Description

A renal dehydropeptidase-I and leukotriene D4 dipeptidase inhibitor. Since the antibiotic, imipenem, is hydrolyzed by dehydropeptidase-I, which resides in the brush border of the renal tubule, cilastatin is administered with imipenem to increase its effectiveness. The drug also inhibits the metabolism of leukotriene D4 to leukotriene E4. [PubChem]

Indication

Combined intravenously with imipenem in order to protect it from dehydropeptidase and prolong its antibacterial effect.

Mechanism of Action

Cilastatin is a specific and reversible renal dehydropeptidase-I inhibitor. Since the antibiotic, imipenem, is hydrolyzed by dehydropeptidase-I, which resides in the brush border of the renal tubule, cilastatin is administered with imipenem to block the metabolism and thus the inactivation of imipenem so that antibacterial levels of imipenem can be attained in the urine. The drug also prevents the metabolism of leukotriene D4 to leukotriene E4 through the inhibition of leukotriene D4 dipeptidase.

Pharmacodynamics

Cilastatin is a chemical compound which inhibits the human enzyme dehydropeptidase. Dehydropeptidase is found in the kidney and is responsible for degrading the antibiotic imipenem. Cilastatin is therefore combined intravenously with imipenem in order to protect it from dehydropeptidase and prolong its antibacterial effect. However, cilastatin in and of itself does not have any antibacterial activity.

Pharmacokinetics

Absorption:

Not Available

Distribution:

Not Available

Metabolism:

Not Available

Elimination:

Not Available

Half-life

Not Available

Clearance

Not Available

Toxicity

Not Available

References

  1. Health Science Authority of Singapore - Reclassified POM
  2. Drugbank

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Approval Information

TIENAM 500 FOR INJECTION was registered with Health Science Authority of Singapore by MSD PHARMA (SINGAPORE) PTE LTD. It is marketed with the registration number of SIN00706P with effective from 1988-03-05.

This product contains 500mg/vial of Imipenem, and 500mg/vial of Cilastatin in the form of INJECTION, POWDER, FOR SOLUTION.

The medicine was manufactured by MERCK SHARP & DOHME CORP. in UNITED STATES

It is a Presciption Only Medicine which can only be obtained from a doctor or a dentist, or from a pharmacist with a prescription from a Singapore-registered doctor or dentist.

Anatomical Therapeutic Chemical (ATC) Classification

ATC Code: J01DH51

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