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Cefepime

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Uses

Cefepime is used in the treatment of bacterial infections

How it works

Cefepime is an antibiotic. It kills the bacteria by attacking their cell wall. Specifically, it prevents the synthesis of a substance in the cell wall called peptidoglycan, which provides the required strength to the bacterial cell wall for the survival of the bacteria in the human body.

Common side effects

Nausea, Headache, Rash, Vomiting, Fever, Itching, Diarrhoea

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Expert advice

  • Do not start or continue the cefepime and consult your doctor if you have kidney, liver or blood clotting disorder, stomach or bowel problems, poor nutrition, or if you are taking drugs like aminoglycosides (e.g. gentamycin) and diuretics (e.g. furosemide).
  • Caution should be taken when given to the children < 2 months old or to patients with diabetes as it may affect the results for urine glucose tests.

Frequently asked questions

Cefepime

Q.

Is cefepime beta lactam, penicillin, or sulfa drug?
Cefepime does not contain sulfa and is not a penicillin drug. It is a beta lactam cephalosporin antibiotic

Q.

Is cefepime broad spectrum bacteriostatic or bactericidal?
Cefepime is a broad spectrum bactericidal antibiotic

Q.

Is cefepime compatible with lactated ringer's, normal saline, or vancomycin?
Cefepime is compatible with lactated ringer's or normal saline. Solutions of cefepime should not be added to vancomycin. However, if concurrent therapy with cefepime is indicated, vancomycin can be administered separately. Please consult your doctor before taking the drug

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Is cefepime a vesicant?
No, cefepime is not a vesicant drug

Q.

What organisms does cefepime cover?
Cefepime is mainly effective against methicillin-sensitive Staphylococcus aureus (mssa), gram-negative bacteria, klebsiella, Group B streptococci but not effective against enterococcus, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (mrsa), or anaerobes such as mycoplasma.


Content on this page was last updated on 14 February, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)