What Is Cefepime?

As a type of antibiotic, cefepime (Maxipime®) is approved to treat a number of bacterial infections. But what is cefepime used for and how does it work?
 
Cefepime is approved to treat the following conditions in adults and children as young as two months old:
 
  • 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).
 
Your healthcare provider may also recommend cefepime for something other than the conditions listed here. For example, it can be used to treat many other types of infections, particularly if they are caused by bacteria that are susceptible to cefepime.
 
(Click Cefepime for more information on what the drug is used for, how cefepime works, and potential side effects. This article also explains why this medication is not suitable for some people.)
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