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Cefepime is given as an injection into a vein or a muscle to treat a number of different bacterial infections. This prescription medication works by stopping the bacteria from making cell walls, which eventually causes the bacteria to die. Although most people tolerate this medicine well, side effects are possible and include nausea, diarrhea, and a rash.

What Is Cefepime?

Cefepime (Maxipime®) is a prescription cephalosporin antibiotic licensed to treat a number of different infections. It is given intravenously (by IV) or by intramuscular (IM) injection.
 
(Click What Is Cefepime Used For? for more information on this topic, including possible off-label uses.)
 

Are There Side Effects?

Just like any medicine, cefepime can cause side effects. However, not everyone who uses the drug will experience problems. Most people tolerate it quite well.
 
If reactions do occur, in most cases, they are mild and either require no treatment or are treated easily by you or your healthcare provider. Serious side effects are less common.
 
Common side effects of cefepime include but are not limited to:
 
 
(Click Cefepime Side Effects to learn more, including potentially serious side effects you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)
 
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