Treats infections caused by bacteria. This medicine is a cephalosporin antibiotic.
There may be other brand names for this medicine.
When This Medicine Should Not Be Used
You should not receive this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to cefepime or to other cephalosporin antibiotics such as cefaclor, cefadroxil, cefdinir, cefprozil, cefuroxime, cephalexin, Duricef®, Keflex®. You should not receive this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to penicillin antibiotics such as amoxicillin, amoxicillin/clavulanate, penicillin, Amoxil®, Augmentin®, Trimox®, or Veetids®.
How to Use This Medicine
- Your doctor will prescribe your exact dose and tell you how often it should be given. This medicine is given as a shot into a muscle or vein.
- A nurse or other trained health professional will give you this medicine.
If a dose is missed:
- This medicine needs to be given on a fixed schedule. If you miss a dose or forget to use your medicine, call your doctor or pharmacist for instructions.
Drugs and Foods to Avoid
Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
- Make sure your doctor knows if you are using an aminoglycoside antibiotic (such as amikacin, gentamicin, streptomycin, tobramycin, Garamycin®, TOBI®), or a diuretic (water pill, such as furosemide, Lasix®).
Warnings While Using This Medicine
- Make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or if you have kidney disease, liver disease, brain disease, or a history of seizures, colitis, or severe diarrhea.
- If you have severe diarrhea, ask your doctor before taking any medicine to stop the diarrhea.It may occur 2 months or more after you stop using this medicine.
- Tell your doctor right away if you have confusion, loss of consciousness, jerking or twitching muscles, seizures, severe sleepiness, or hallucinations.
- Make sure any doctor or dentist who treats you knows that you are using this medicine. This medicine may affect the results of certain medical tests.
- Your doctor will need to check your progress at regular visits while you are using this medicine. Be sure to keep all appointments.
- If your symptoms do not improve or if they get worse, call your doctor.
- Use this medicine only if your doctor has prescribed it to treat a bacterial infection. This medicine will not treat viral infections, such as the flu or the common cold.
Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine
Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:
- Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in your face or hands, swelling or tingling in your mouth or throat, chest tightness, trouble breathing
- Blistering, peeling, red skin rash
- Change in how much or how often you urinate
- Confusion, seizures
- Dark-colored urine or pale stools, nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, pain in your upper stomach, yellow skin or eyes
- Diarrhea that may contain blood
- Fever, chills, cough, sore throat, or body aches
- Numbness and tingling around the mouth, fingertips, or feet
- Seeing, hearing, or feeling things that are not there
- Severe sleepiness
- Unusual bleeding, bruising, or weakness
If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
- Mild skin rash
- Pain, itching, burning, swelling, or a lump under your skin where the needle is placed
If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088
- Last Reviewed on 06/12/2013
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