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Cefepime use while Breastfeeding

Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Aug 8, 2022.

Drugs containing Cefepime: Maxipime

Cefepime Levels and Effects while Breastfeeding

Summary of Use during Lactation

Although no information is available on the use of cefepime during breastfeeding, the levels in breastmilk appear to be low and cephalosporins are generally not be expected to cause adverse effects in breastfed infants. Occasionally disruption of the infant's gastrointestinal flora, resulting in diarrhea or thrush have been reported with cephalosporins, but these effects have not been adequately evaluated. Cefepime is acceptable in nursing mothers.

Drug Levels

Maternal Levels. The manufacturer reports that the concentration of cefepime in breastmilk is about 0.5 mcg/mL, following a single intravenous dose of 1 gram. This is consistent with the low levels of other cephalosporins in breastmilk.

Infant Levels. Relevant published information was not found as of the revision date.

Effects in Breastfed Infants

Relevant published information was not found as of the revision date.

Effects on Lactation and Breastmilk

Relevant published information was not found as of the revision date.

Alternate Drugs to Consider

Ceftazidime, Ceftriaxone

Substance Identification

Substance Name

Cefepime

CAS Registry Number

88040-23-7

Drug Class

Breast Feeding

Lactation

Milk, Human

Anti-Infective Agents

Antibacterial Agents

Cephalosporins

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