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Maxipime and Pregnancy

Studies that involved giving Maxipime (cefepime) to pregnant animals showed that this drug does not appear to cause problems during pregnancy. In general, it is usually considered safe to give the drug to a pregnant woman. However, because it has not been adequately studied in such situations, Maxipime should only be used if the benefits outweigh potential risks.

Can Pregnant Women Use Maxipime?

Maxipime® (cefepime) is a prescription antibiotic given intravenously (by IV) or by intramuscular (IM) injection. It is usually considered safe for use during pregnancy.
 

What Is Pregnancy Category B?

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) uses a category system to classify the possible risks to a fetus when a specific medicine is taken during pregnancy. Maxipime is classified as a pregnancy Category B medication.
 
Pregnancy Category B is given to medicines that have not been adequately studied in pregnant humans but do not appear to cause harm to the fetus in animal studies. Medications that have been shown to be safe for use in pregnancy in humans but have caused problems in laboratory animals are also given a Category B rating.
 
Maxipime was given a pregnancy Category B rating because studies in pregnant rats, rabbits, and mice did not appear to cause any problems. However, it is important to note that animals do not always respond to medicines in the same way that humans do. Therefore, a pregnancy Category B medicine, including Maxipime, should be given to a pregnant woman only if her healthcare provider believes that the benefits to the woman outweigh any possible risks to her unborn child.
 

Final Thoughts

If you are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant while using Maxipime, let your healthcare provider know. He or she will consider both the benefits and risks before making a recommendation in your particular situation.
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