Maxipime

Generic Name: Cefepime

  • What is Maxipime?

    Maxipime is an antibiotic used to treat certain bacterial infections of the lower respiratory (lung) or urinary tract and skin or abdominal infections. It may also be used to treat other bacterial infections, as determined by your doctor. This medicine can be administered intravenously (through a vein in your arm) or intramuscularly (injected into the muscle).

  • What is the most important information I should know about Maxipime?

    Do not receive Maxipime if you are allergic to it, any of its ingredients, or similar antibiotics (such as cefazolin, cefaclor, or cefotetan). If you are allergic to penicillin antibiotics, it is possible for you to have an allergic reaction to this medication. Tell your doctor immediately if you receive Maxipime and feel signs of an allergic reaction (such as rash, swelling, or difficulty breathing).

    Maxipime can cause life-threatening episodes of confusion, hallucinations, stupor, and coma; sudden, involuntary muscle jerks; or seizures. Tell your doctor immediately if you develop any of these signs and symptoms.

    Maxipime can cause diarrhea or colitis (inflammation of the colon). This can occur a couple of months after receiving the last dose of Maxipime. Tell your doctor immediately if you have diarrhea or colitis.

  • Who should not take Maxipime?

    Your doctor will not administer Maxipime to you if you are allergic to it, any of its ingredients, or other similar antibiotics.

    Your doctor will not administer Maxipime to treat viral infections, such as the common cold.

  • What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Maxipime?

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Maxipime. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have allergies, liver or kidney disease, stomach disease, or colitis.

  • What is the usual dosage?

    The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.

    Adults: Your doctor will administer the appropriate dose and duration of treatment for you based on the type and severity of your infection.

    If you have kidney impairment, your doctor will administer and adjust your dose appropriately.

    Children 2 months-16 years: Your doctor will administer the appropriate dose and duration of treatment for your child, based on their weight or the type and severity of their infection.

  • How should I take Maxipime?

    Your doctor will administer Maxipime for you in a hospital or clinic setting.

  • What should I avoid while taking Maxipime?

    Do not miss your scheduled follow-up appointments with your doctor.

  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Maxipime?

    If Maxipime is used with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Maxipime with certain antibiotics (such as amikacin, gentamicin, or streptomycin) or certain diuretics (water pills) (such as furosemide).

  • What are the possible side effects of Maxipime?

    Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.

    Side effects may include: colitis, diarrhea, fever, headache, inflammation of your vagina, injection-site reactions, itchiness, nausea, rash, upset stomach, vomiting

  • Can I receive Maxipime if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    The effects of Maxipime during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Maxipime can be found in your breast milk if you receive it during breastfeeding. Tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of Maxipime?

    Maxipime should be given under special circumstances as determined by your doctor.

  • How should I store Maxipime?

    Your doctor will store this medication for you.