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All about: Maxipime

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Generic Name: Cefepime (SEF-e-peem)
Brand Name: Maxipime

Maxipime is used for:

Treating bacterial infections.

Maxipime is a cephalosporin antibiotic. It works by killing sensitive bacteria.

Do NOT use Maxipime if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Maxipime
  • you are allergic to cephalosporins (eg, cephalexin), penicillins (eg, amoxicillin), or other beta-lactam antibiotics (eg, imipenem)

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

Before using Maxipime :

Some medical conditions may interact with Maxipime . Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
  • if you have stomach or bowel problems (eg, inflammation), blood clotting problems, kidney or liver problems, or poor nutrition

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Maxipime . Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:

  • Aminoglycosides (eg, gentamicin) or diuretics (eg, furosemide) because the risk of toxic effects on the kidneys may be increased

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Maxipime may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use Maxipime :

Use Maxipime as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Maxipime is usually given as an injection at your doctor's office, hospital, or clinic. If you will be using Maxipime at home, a health care provider will teach you how to use it. Be sure you understand how to use Maxipime . Follow the procedures you are taught when you use a dose. Contact your health care provider if you have any questions.
  • Do not use Maxipime if it contains particles, is cloudy or discolored, or if the vial is cracked or damaged.
  • To clear up your infection completely, use Maxipime for the full course of treatment. Keep using it even if you feel better in a few days.
  • Keep this product, as well as syringes and needles, out of the reach of children and pets. Do not reuse needles, syringes, or other materials. Ask your health care provider how to dispose of these materials after use. Follow all local rules for disposal.
  • If you miss a dose of Maxipime , take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose. Go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.

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

Important safety information:

  • Maxipime only works against bacteria; it does not treat viral infections (eg, the common cold).
  • Be sure to use Maxipime for the full course of treatment. If you do not, the medicine may not clear up your infection completely. The bacteria could also become less sensitive to this or other medicines. This could make the infection harder to treat in the future.
  • Long-term or repeated use of Maxipime may cause a second infection. Tell your doctor if signs of a second infection occur. Your medicine may need to be changed to treat this.
  • Contact your doctor right away if stomach pain or cramps, severe diarrhea, or bloody stools occur. Do not treat diarrhea without first checking with your doctor.
  • Diabetes patients - Maxipime may cause the results of some tests for urine glucose to be wrong. Ask your doctor before you change your diet or the dose of your diabetes medicine.
  • Maxipime may interfere with certain lab tests. Be sure your doctor and lab personnel know you are using Maxipime .
  • Lab tests, including kidney or liver tests or blood cell counts, may be performed while you use Maxipime . These tests may be used to monitor your condition or check for side effects. Be sure to keep all doctor and lab appointments.
  • Use Maxipime with caution in the ELDERLY; they may be more sensitive to its effects.
  • Use Maxipime with extreme caution in CHILDREN younger than 2 months old; safety and effectiveness have not been established.
  • Use Maxipime with extreme caution in CHILDREN younger than 10 years old who have diarrhea or an infection of the stomach or bowel.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using Maxipime while pregnant. Maxipime is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use Maxipime , check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of Maxipime :

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Diarrhea; headache; nausea; vomiting.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); bloody stools; confusion; decreased urination; fever; hallucinations; hoarseness; loss of consciousness; mental/mood change; muscle twitching; pain, redness, or swelling at the injection site; red, swollen, or blistered skin; seizures; severe diarrhea; severe nausea or vomiting; stomach pain/cramps; unusual bruising or bleeding; unusual tiredness; vaginal irritation or discharge; white patches in the mouth; yellowing of the skin or eyes.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions or need medical advice about side effects, contact your doctor or health care provider. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 (1-800-332-1088) or at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center (http://www.aapcc.org/findyour.htm), or emergency room immediately. Symptoms may include hallucinations; muscle spasms; seizures; severe confusion; severe mental/mood changes.

Proper storage of Maxipime :

Maxipime is usually handled and stored by a health care provider. If you are using Maxipime at home, store Maxipime as directed by your pharmacist or health care provider. Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep Maxipime out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Maxipime , please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Maxipime is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.

This information is a summary only. It does not contain all information about Maxipime . If you have questions about the medicine you are taking or would like more information, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.

Issue Date: September 5, 2007
Database Edition 07.3.1.003
Copyright © 2007 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

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