Cefepime (Injection)

Introduction

Cefepime (SEF-e-peem)

Treats infections caused by bacteria. This medicine is a cephalosporin antibiotic.

Brand Name(s)

Maxipime

There may be other brand names for this medicine.

When This Medicine Should Not Be Used

You should not receive this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to cefepime or to other cephalosporin antibiotics such as cefaclor, cefadroxil, cefdinir, cefprozil, cefuroxime, cephalexin, Duricef®, Keflex®. You should not receive this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to penicillin antibiotics such as amoxicillin, amoxicillin/clavulanate, penicillin, Amoxil®, Augmentin®, Trimox®, or Veetids®.

Drugs and Foods to Avoid

Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

  • Make sure your doctor knows if you are using an aminoglycoside antibiotic (such as amikacin, gentamicin, streptomycin, tobramycin, Garamycin®, TOBI®), or a diuretic (water pill, such as furosemide, Lasix®).

Warnings While Using This Medicine

  • Make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or if you have kidney disease, liver disease, brain disease, or a history of seizures, colitis, or severe diarrhea.
  • Ask your doctor before you take any medicine to stop severe diarrhea.It may occur 2 months or more after you stop using this medicine.
  • Tell your doctor right away if you have confusion, loss of consciousness, jerking or twitching muscles, seizures, severe sleepiness, or hallucinations.
  • Tell any doctor or dentist who treats you that you are using this medicine. This medicine may affect certain medical test results.
  • Your doctor will check your progress and the effects of this medicine at regular visits. Keep all appointments.
  • Call your doctor if your symptoms do not improve or if they get worse.
  • Use this medicine only if your doctor has prescribed it to treat a bacterial infection. This medicine will not treat viral infections, such as the flu or the common cold.

Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine

Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:

  • Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in your face or hands, swelling or tingling in your mouth or throat, chest tightness, trouble breathing
  • Blistering, peeling, red skin rash
  • Change in how much or how often you urinate
  • Confusion, seizures
  • Dark-colored urine or pale stools, nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, pain in your upper stomach, yellow skin or eyes
  • Diarrhea that may contain blood
  • Fever, chills, cough, sore throat, or body aches
  • Numbness and tingling around the mouth, fingertips, or feet
  • Seeing, hearing, or feeling things that are not there
  • Severe sleepiness
  • Unusual bleeding, bruising, or weakness

If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:

  • Mild skin rash
  • Pain, itching, burning, swelling, or a lump under your skin where the needle is placed

If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088

How to Use This Medicine

Injectable

  • Your doctor will prescribe your exact dose and tell you how often it should be given. This medicine is given as a shot into a muscle or vein.
  • A nurse or other health provider will give you this medicine.

If a dose is missed:

  • You must use this medicine on a fixed schedule. Call your doctor or pharmacist if you miss a dose.
Review Date: March 4, 2014
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