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If you have certain types of bacterial infections, a healthcare provider may prescribe a medication called Maxipime. It is given as an injection into a vein (intravenous, or IV, injection) or as an intramuscular (IM) injection. Most people who use this drug will tolerate it well. However, side effects are possible and may include diarrhea, nausea, and a rash.

What Is Maxipime?

Maxipime® (cefepime) 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 Maxipime Uses for more information on this topic, including possible off-label uses.)

Who Makes This Medicine?

Brand-name Maxipime was made by Bristol-Myers Squibb Company but is no longer available. Generic versions are still available and are made by various manufacturers.

How Does Maxipime Work?

Maxipime is a cephalosporin antibiotic. Cephalosporins are part of a larger group of medications known as beta-lactam antibiotics, named after the ring-like "lactam" structure of these antibiotics.
Maxipime works by stopping bacteria from making cell walls, which eventually causes the bacteria to die. Cephalosporins are related to penicillins. Maxipime is usually classified as a "fourth-generation" cephalosporin.

When and How to Use It

Some general considerations to keep in mind during treatment with Maxipime include the following:
  • This medication is given by IV or by intramuscular injection, usually once every 8 or 12 hours, or less often if you have kidney disease.
  • For serious infections, it is usually best to give this drug by IV rather than by intramuscular injection.
  • This antibiotic is often given for a few days after the infection has cleared up. For serious infections, an even longer treatment course may be recommended.
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