Generic Name: Cefepime Brand Name(s): Generics only. No brands available.

Uses

What is cefepime used for?

Cefepime is commonly used to treat bacterial infections in many different parts of the body. However, cefepime will not work for colds, flu, or other virus infections.

Cefepime may be prescribed for other uses; ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

How should I take cefepime?

Cefepime is given as an injection at your doctor’s office, hospital, or clinic. Contact your health care provider if you have any questions.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use this medication.

How do I store cefepime?

Cefepime is best stored in the refrigerator. To prevent drug damage, do not freeze. There may be different brands of cefepime that may have different storage needs. It is important to always check the product package for instructions on storage, or ask your pharmacist. For safety, you should keep all medicines away from children and pets.

You should not flush cefepime down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. It is important to properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist for more details about how to safely discard your product.

Precautions & warnings

What should I know before using cefepime?

Consult with your doctor or pharmacist, if:

  • You are pregnant or breastfeeding. This is because, while you are expecting or feeding a baby, you should only take medicines on the recommendation of a doctor.
  • You are taking any other medicines. This includes any medicines you are taking which are available to buy without a prescription, such as herbal and complementary medicines.
  • You have allergy with any of active or inactive ingredients of cefepime or other medications.
  • You have any other illnesses, disorders, or medical conditions.

Is it safe during pregnancy or breastfeeding?

There are no adequate studies in women for determining risk when using cefepime during pregnancy or while breastfeeding. Please always consult with your doctor to weigh the potential benefits and risks before taking cefepime. Cefepime is pregnancy risk category B, according to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

FDA pregnancy risk category reference below:

  • A=No risk
  • B=No risk in some studies
  • C=There may be some risk
  • D=Positive evidence of risk
  • X=Contraindicated
  • N=Unknown

Side effects

What side effects can occur from cefepime?

Cefepime may cause following side effects, such as:

  • Abdominal or stomach cramps
  • Back, leg, or stomach pains
  • Bleeding gums, nosebleeds
  • Confusion
  • Convulsions
  • Dark urine
  • Difficulty with breathing
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • General body swelling
  • Headache
  • Irregular heartbeats
  • Loss of appetite
  • Mood or mental changes
  • Muscle cramps in the hands, arms, feet, legs, or face
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Numbness and tingling around the mouth, fingertips, or feet
  • Tremor
  • Yellowing of the eyes or skin

Not everyone experiences these side effects. There may be some side effects not listed above. If you have any concerns about a side-effect, please consult your doctor or pharmacist.

Interactions

What drugs may interact with cefepime?

Cefepime may interact with other drugs that you are currently taking, which can change how your drug works or increase your risk for serious side effects. To avoid any potential drug interactions, you should keep a list of all the drugs you are using (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. For your safety, do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any drugs without your doctor’s approval.

Some products that may interact with this drug include:

  • Cholera Vaccine
  • Warfarin

Does food or alcohol interact with cefepime?

Cefepime may interact with food or alcohol by altering the way the drug works or increase the risk for serious side effects. Please discuss with your doctor or pharmacist any potential food or alcohol interactions before using this drug.

What health conditions may interact with cefepime?

Cefepime may interact with your health condition. This interaction may worsen your health condition or alter the way the drug works. It is important to always let your doctor and pharmacist know all the health conditions you currently have.

Especially if you have:

  • Brain disease (e.g., encephalopathy, severe confusion)
  • Colitis (inflammation in the gut)
  • Diarrhea (severe)
  • Myoclonus (muscle twitching or jerking)
  • Seizures
  • Kidney disease

Dosage

The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. You should ALWAYS consult with your doctor or pharmacist before using this medication.

What is the dose of cefepime for an adult?

The recommended dose is 1-2g IV/IM; 2-3 times a day. Your doctor may have prescribed a different dose.

What is the dose of cefepime for a child?

The recommended dose is 50 mg/kg IV every 12 hours for 7 to 10 days depending on the nature and severity of the infection.

The maximum pediatric dose should not exceed the recommended dose for adults.

How is cefepime available?

Cefepime is available in the following dosage forms and strengths:

  • Powder for Solution 1g

What should I do in case of an emergency or overdose?

In case of an emergency or an overdose, call your local emergency services or go to your nearest emergency room.

What should I do if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose of cefepime, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your regular dose as scheduled. Do not take a double dose.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

Sources

Review Date: July 4, 2017 | Last Modified: July 4, 2017

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