Cefepime (SEF-e-peem)Brand Name:
Cefepime is used for:
Treating certain bacterial infections.
Cefepime is a cephalosporin antibiotic. It works by killing sensitive bacteria.
Do NOT use Cefepime if:
- you are allergic to any ingredient in Cefepime
- you are allergic to cephalosporins (eg, cephalexin), penicillins (eg, amoxicillin), or other beta-lactam antibiotics (eg, imipenem)
Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.
Before using Cefepime :
Some medical conditions may interact with Cefepime . Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:
- if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
- if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
- if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
- if you have stomach or bowel problems (eg, inflammation), blood clotting problems, kidney or liver problems, or poor nutrition
Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Cefepime . Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:
- Aminoglycosides (eg, gentamicin) or diuretics (eg, furosemide) because the risk of toxic effects on the kidneys may be increased
This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Cefepime may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.
How to use Cefepime :
Use Cefepime as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
- Cefepime is usually given as an injection at your doctor's office, hospital, or clinic. If you will be using Cefepime at home, a health care provider will teach you how to use it. Be sure you understand how to use Cefepime . Follow the procedures you are taught when you use a dose. Contact your health care provider if you have any questions.
- Do not use Cefepime if it contains particles, is cloudy or discolored, or if the vial is cracked or damaged.
- To clear up your infection completely, use Cefepime for the full course of treatment. Keep using it even if you feel better in a few days.
- Keep this product, as well as syringes and needles, out of the reach of children and pets. Do not reuse needles, syringes, or other materials. Ask your health care provider how to dispose of these materials after use. Follow all local rules for disposal.
- If you miss a dose of Cefepime , take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose. Go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.
Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Cefepime .
Important safety information:
- Cefepime only works against bacteria; it does not treat viral infections (eg, the common cold).
- Be sure to use Cefepime for the full course of treatment. If you do not, the medicine may not clear up your infection completely. The bacteria could also become less sensitive to this or other medicines. This could make the infection harder to treat in the future.
- Long-term or repeated use of Cefepime may cause a second infection. Tell your doctor if signs of a second infection occur. Your medicine may need to be changed to treat this.
- Contact your doctor right away if stomach pain or cramps, severe diarrhea, or bloody stools occur. Do not treat diarrhea without first checking with your doctor.
- Mild diarrhea is common with antibiotic use. However, a more serious form of diarrhea (pseudomembranous colitis) may rarely occur. This may develop while you use the antibiotic or within several months after you stop using it. Contact your doctor right away if stomach pain or cramps, severe diarrhea, or bloody stools occur. Do not treat diarrhea without first checking with your doctor.
- Cefepime may reduce the ability of your blood to clot. Avoid activities that may cause bruising or injury. Tell your doctor if you have unusual bruising or bleeding. Tell your doctor if you have dark, tarry, or bloody stools.
- Diabetes patients - Cefepime may cause the results of some tests for urine glucose to be wrong. Ask your doctor before you change your diet or the dose of your diabetes medicine.
- There have been reports of nervous system problems (eg, fainting, confusion, hallucinations, coma, seizures) in some patients who take Cefepime . Talk to your doctor if you develop any of these symptoms or if you have any questions or concerns.
- Cefepime may interfere with certain lab tests. Be sure your doctor and lab personnel know you are using Cefepime .
- Lab tests, including kidney or liver, blood clotting, or blood cell counts, may be performed while you use Cefepime . These tests may be used to monitor your condition or check for side effects. Be sure to keep all doctor and lab appointments.
- Use Cefepime with caution in the ELDERLY; they may be more sensitive to its effects.
- Use Cefepime with extreme caution in CHILDREN younger than 2 months old; safety and effectiveness in these children have not been confirmed.
- PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using Cefepime while you are pregnant. Cefepime is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use Cefepime , check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.
Possible side effects of Cefepime :
All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:
Mild pain, redness, or swelling at the injection site.
Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:
Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue; unusual hoarseness); bloody stools; fever; mood or mental changes (eg, coma, confusion, fainting, hallucinations); muscle twitching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin; seizures; severe diarrhea; severe nausea or vomiting; severe pain, redness, or swelling at the injection site; stomach pain/cramps; unusual bruising or bleeding; unusual tiredness; vaginal irritation or discharge; white patches in the mouth; yellowing of the skin or eyes.
This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.
If OVERDOSE is suspected:
Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center (http://www.aapcc.org), or emergency room immediately. Symptoms may include hallucinations; muscle spasms; seizures; severe confusion; severe mental/mood changes.Proper storage of Cefepime :
Cefepime is usually handled and stored by a health care provider. If you are using Cefepime at home, store Cefepime as directed by your pharmacist or health care provider. Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep Cefepime out of the reach of children and away from pets.
- If you have any questions about Cefepime , please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- Cefepime is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
- If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
This information is a summary only. It does not contain all information about Cefepime . If you have questions about the medicine you are taking or would like more information, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- Cefepime Prescribing Information (FDA)
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