Cefepime (Maxipime®) is a prescription antibiotic approved to treat a variety of different infections. It is approved for use in adults and children as young as two months old.
As part of a group of drugs called cephalosporins, cefepime works by stopping bacteria from making cell walls, which eventually causes the bacteria to die.
Cefepime is given by a slow injection into a vein (IV) or by intramuscular (IM) injection, usually once every 8 or 12 hours, or perhaps less often if you have kidney disease. For serious infections, it is usually best to give cefepime by IV rather than by intramuscular injection.
(Click Cefepime for more tips on how this antibiotic is given, what strengths are available, and warnings and precautions associated with this product.)
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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