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Cefepime HCl injection
CEFEPIME INJECTION

Important Note

The following information is intended to supplement, not substitute for, the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacist or other healthcare professional. It should not be construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. Consult your healthcare professional before using this drug.

CEFEPIME INJECTION

(SEFF-eh-peem)

COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Maxipime

Uses

This medication is an antibiotic used in the treatment of a wide variety of bacterial infections such as urinary tract infections, pneumonia and skin infections.

How To Use

This medication is given by injection into a muscle o vein usually twice a day for 7 to 10 days based on the type and severity of your infection. Antibiotics work best when the amount of medicine in your body is kept at a constant level. Do this by using the medication at evenly spaced intervals throughout the day and night as prescribed. Continue to use this medication for the full time prescribed even if symptoms disappear after a few days. Stopping the medication too early may allow bacteria to continue to grow resulting in a reoccurrence of the infection. Do not use this medication if cloudy.

Side Effects

This medication may cause headache, nausea, dizziness, vaginal yeast infection and irritation at the injection site. If any of these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor promptly. Tell your doctor immediately if you have any of these unlikely but serious side effects: mental/mood changes, vomiting, severe stomach cramps, watery or bloody diarrhea, fever or unusual weakness, muscle twitching (myoclonus), unusual bleeding or bruising, yellowing of the eyes or skin. Tell your doctor immediately if you have any of these very unlikely but serious side effects: change in amount of urine, seizures. An allergic reaction to this drug is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of an allergic reaction include: skin rash, hives, severe dizziness, itching, difficulty breathing.. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Precautions

Tell your doctor if you have: allergies (especially to penicillin, cephalosporins or other antibiotics), kidney disease, liver disease, bleeding disorders, seizure disorders, colitis. Use of this medication for prolonged or repeated periods may result in a secondary infection (e.g., oral, bladder, colon or vaginal yeast infection). Use in patients under 2 months of age has not been established. Caution is advised when using this drug in the elderly because they may be more sensitive to the effects of the drug. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant before using this medication. This drug is excreted into breast milk in small amounts. Consult with your doctor before breast-feeding.

Drug Interactions

Tell your doctor of any nonprescription or prescription medication you may take, including: blood thinners, water pills (diuretics), other antibiotics. This drug may interfere with the effectiveness of birth control pills. Discuss using other methods of birth control with your doctor. This drug may cause false positive results in tests for sugar in the urine. Diabetics should use TesTape rather than Clinitest tablets to test for sugar while using this medication. Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.

Overdose

If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately. Symptoms of overdose may include severe mental/mood changes, muscle spasms, seizures, and coma.

Notes

This medication has been prescribed for your current condition only. Use this as directed. Make sure needles, tubing and supplies are stored safely and disposed of properly as directed by your care provider.

Missed Dose

Try to use each dose as scheduled. If you miss a dose, use it as soon as remembered but not if it is near the time for the next dose. Instead, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not "double-up" the dose to catch up.

Storage

Store solution in the refrigerator as directed. Check the expiration date on the label and properly discard any unused medication after that time.