Maxipime, generically known as cefepime, is a cephalosporin antibiotic. It is an injection used to treat a variety of infections, including life-threatening infections. It has been prescribed to treat respiratory, skin, genital, bone and urinary infections.

The FDA has recently been linking the use of Maxipime to deaths in patients taking the antibiotic. In 2007, a report was published in the Lancet Infectious Diseases, which found that the death rate among Maxipime users was higher than patients using other similar antibiotics. This study looked at 57 different clinical trials to determine this link and its causes.

Serious side effects may include:

  • Confusion, hallucinations, or seizure (black-out or convulsions)
  • Diarrhea that is watery or bloody
  • Skin rash, bruising, severe tingling, numbness, pain, muscle weakness
  • Fever, chills, body aches, flu symptoms
  • Easy bruising or bleeding, unusual weakness
  • Sore throat and headache with a severe blistering, peeling, and red skin rash

Less serious side effects may include:

  • Pain, swelling, or skin rash where the injection was given
  • Stomach pain, nausea, vomiting
  • Headache
  • Skin rash or itching
  • White patches or sores inside your mouth or on your lips
  • Vaginal itching or discharge
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