Cefepime or Maxipime is a cephalosporin antibiotic used in bacterial infections that are susceptible. It has a broad spectrum of activity, and is available only for injection.
Cephalosporin antibiotics are classified in "generation" according to their antibacterial activity: first generation - cefadroxil, cefazolin, cephalexin, cephalothin, cephapirin, cephradine; second generation - cefaclor, cefamandole, cefmetazole, cefonicid, ceforanide, cefotetan, cefoxitin, cefprozil, cefuroxime, loracarbef; third generation - cefixime, cefoperazone, cefotaxime, cefpodoxime, ceftazidime, ceftizoxime, ceftriaxone.
Cefepime or Maxipime inhibits bacterial cell wall formation and the bacteria dies.
Cefepime or Maxipime can cause diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, constipation, headache, and fever.
Because there is a cross sensitivity with penicillins, people who are allergic to penicillin should use Cefepime or Maxipime, and all cephalosporins, carefully.
As with all antibiotics and in combination with other antibiotics, Cefepime or Maxipime has the ability to cause bacterial resistance to antibiotics.
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The relevant product monographs must be regarded as the appropriate sources of prescribing information.