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Cefepime

Last updated on 05/07/2021.

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GENERIC NAME: Cefepime

CHINESE NAME: 革菌素

BRAND NAME(S) IN HONG KONG: Maxipime 邁菌平

DRUG CLASS: Antibiotics

SUB CLASS: Cephalosporins (Fourth Generation)

USED FOR: Bacterial infections, urinary tract infections (UTIs), respiratory tract infections, skin and soft tissue infections, intra-abdominal infections

AVAILABLE DOSAGE FORMS:
– 1 g, 2 g (injections,infusion)

What is Cefepime for?

Cefepime belongs to a class of medications called cephalosporin antibiotics. It kills bacteria by interrupting the integrity of bacterial cell walls. It is used to treat infections, including urinary tract infections (UTIs), respiratory tract infections, as well as skin and soft tissue infections. Cefepime does not work for virus or fungus infections.

How to use it?

Cefepime is injected through a needle into a vein or muscle as directed by your doctor. Your doctor will advise you on the dosage and frequency depending on your infection.

Treatment of bacterial infections
Adult
For mild to moderate infections, 1-2 g daily in 2 divided doses. For severe infections, up to 4 g daily in 2 divided doses.
Child 1 month or older
For mild to moderate infections, 100 mg per kg body weight in 2 divided doses. For severe infections, up to 150 mg per kg body weight in 2-3 divided doses.
Neonates 0-4 weeks
30-50 mg per kg body weight every 12 hours.

What are the side effects of Cefepime?

Common side effects of Cefepime include anaemia, abdominal pain, diarrhoea, dizziness, headache, nausea and vomiting, and allergic skin reactions.

Who should not take Cefepime?

– People allergic to Cefepime or any component of the formulation.
– Anyone who is allergic to cephalosporins.

Pharmacist Tips:

– Report severe diarrhoea and ask your doctor or pharmacist before taking antidiarrheal medicines.
– Drink plenty of water to replace any lost fluids due to diarrhoea.

Common dosing schedule:
Cefepime is administered 2-3 times daily.

This schedule is for reference only, adjustments may be made according to individual needs.

Some common medications Cefepime may interact with:
Warfarin
– Antidiarrheal medications

Please notify your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking the above medication, dosage adjustments might be needed.

Where to buy Cefepime in Hong Kong?

In Hong Kong, Cefepime is a prescription only medicine, and requires a prescription from a doctor to be purchased in a pharmacy. It can also be obtained from doctors. To find a pharmacy near you, refer to the list of pharmacies (“Authorized Sellers of Poisons”) from the Hong Kong Department of Health. 

For more information about drug names and ingredients, you can visit Hong Kong’s Drug Office at https://www.drugoffice.gov.hk

Need more information?

For detailed information about the use of Cefepime in children, pregnancy and breastfeeding, and for questions about drug interactions, please check with your pharmacist or doctor.

Disclaimer: our goal is to provide you with the most relevant drug information and common dosage for Hong Kong. This information does not constitute medical advice. For specific treatment recommendations and advice, always discuss with your doctor or pharmacist, and follow the instructions included with your specific medicine.