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Maxipime Uses

Maxipime may be given to adults or children as young as two months old to treat certain types of bacterial infections, such as pneumonia, urinary tract infections, or skin infections. There are also occasions where a person might use Maxipime for off-label (unapproved) purposes, such as to treat infections that are not considered officially approved uses for the drug.

What Is Maxipime Used For?

Maxipime® (cefepime) is a prescription antibiotic typically used in hospitals or other similar settings. It is given intravenously (by IV) or by intramuscular (IM) injection.
Maxipime is approved for treating the following types of infections:
  • Pneumonia
  • Urinary tract infections (UTIs, such as a bladder infection or kidney infection)
  • Abdominal (stomach) infections
  • Skin and skin structure infections
  • Febrile neutropenia (fever and presumed infection in people with low white blood cells, usually due to chemotherapy).
Maxipime is approved for treating these infections only when they are caused by certain types of bacteria. Not all bacteria will respond to the drug. Also, bacteria have different resistance patterns in different regions in the country. This means that some bacteria may be susceptible to Maxipime in certain parts of the country but not in others. This drug is completely ineffective for treating viral illnesses, such as the common cold or the flu.
In some situations, your healthcare provider may perform certain tests to see if your particular infection is susceptible or resistant to Maxipime. In other situations, your healthcare provider may decide to try the drug without such tests, especially for infections that are not severe.
When used to treat febrile neutropenia, Maxipime is used for "empiric" treatment, which is treatment with a "best guess" as to which types of bacteria or fungus (or viruses) are causing the infection. Usually, empiric treatment is started while tests are done to see exactly what organisms are causing the infections. Empiric treatment is often switched to a more targeted medication once the results of the tests are known.

Maxipime Drug Information

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