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Cefepime is a custom drug, a cephalosporin antibiotic that is used to destroy bacteria and treat pneumonia as well as many infections affecting the kidney, skin, urinary tract, and stomach. Cefepime is also indicated for patients who are at great risk for infection due to low white blood cell count.

How to Use Cefepime

Cefepime is an injectable intravenous medication. Usually patients will receive an injection within a healthcare facility administered by a trained healthcare provider. If your physician prescribes a course of cefepime for your at home use it is imperative that you understand how to use it and administer your injections. Seek specific instructions on usage and delivery from your physician and use only as directed by them.

Possible Side Effects

Side effects often differ from patient to patient while some patients experience no side effects at all. Side effects seen with cefepime are:

    Pain, Redness, Swelling or Bleeding Near Injection Site
  • Headaches
  • Diarrhea

Some other side effects are possible as each person's body is unique, so if any of the above or any other side effects are experienced, watch closely and seek medical help if you feel it is warranted, or if any side effects are increasing in intensity and/or seem to be lingering.

Severe Side Effects:

Seek emergency medical assistance right away if you experience any of the following serious and severe side effects:

  • Seizures
  • Rash and/or Itching
  • Difficulty Breathing
  • Difficulty Swallowing
  • Watery Stool
  • Bloody Stool
  • Stomach Cramps
  • Fever
  • Swelling (throat and/or tongue)
  • Signs of Infection
  • Confusion
  • Hallucinations
  • Nausea or Vomiting
  • Coma


Do not take cefepime if you have any of the following issues or conditions:

  • Seizures
  • A Decrease in the Blood-Clotting Protein–Prothrombin
  • Myoclonus
  • Disorder of the Brain
  • Clostridium Difficile Infection
  • Mild to Moderate Kidney Impairment
  • Increased Risk of Bleeding
  • Inflammation of the Large Intestine

Do not use cefepime if you are pregnant, about to become pregnant, breast-feeding or about to breast-feed unless you have consulted with your physician beforehand and they have deemed the use of cefepime to be necessary for you.

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