What Is Cefepime Used For?

A healthcare provider may recommend cefepime for people who have pneumonia, a bladder infection, or certain other bacterial infections. Cefepime is used in adults and children as young as two months old. It is approved to help kill certain bacteria by preventing them from forming cell walls. Off-label uses can include treating other types of infections.

An Overview of Uses for Cefepime

Cefepime (Maxipime®) is a prescription antibiotic typically used in hospitals or other similar settings. It is given intravenously (by IV) or by intramuscular (IM) injection.
 
Cefepime is approved for treating the following types of infections:
 
  • Pneumonia
  • Urinary tract infections (UTIs, such as a bladder infection or kidney infection)
  • Abdominal (stomach) infections
  • Skin and skin structure infections
  • Febrile neutropenia (fever and presumed infection in people with low white blood cells, usually due to chemotherapy).
 
Cefepime is approved for treating these infections only when they are caused by certain types of bacteria. Not all bacteria will respond to this drug. Also, bacteria have different resistance patterns in different regions in the country. This means that some bacteria may be susceptible to cefepime in certain parts of the country but not in others. The medication is completely ineffective for treating viral illnesses, such as the common cold or the flu.
 
In some situations, your healthcare provider may perform certain tests to see if your particular infection is susceptible or resistant to cefepime. In other situations, your healthcare provider may decide to try the drug without such tests, especially for infections that are not severe.
 
When used to treat febrile neutropenia, cefepime is used for "empiric" treatment, which is treatment with a "best guess" as to which types of bacteria or fungus (or viruses) are causing the infection. Usually, empiric treatment is started while tests are done to see exactly what organisms are causing the infections. Empiric treatment is often switched to a more targeted medication once the results of the tests are known.
 

Cefepime Antibiotic Information

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