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Cefepime use while Breastfeeding

Drugs containing Cefepime: Maxipime

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Nov 3, 2018.

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 0.5 mcg/mL, although the dosage and study methodology are not reported.[1] This would be consistent with the low levels of other cephalosporins in breastmilk.

Infant Levels. Relevant published information was not found as of the revision date. Reported Side Effects In Breastfed Infants: Relevant published information was not found as

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


Anon. Maxipime package insert. Elan Pharmaceuticals, Inc. South San Francisco, CA. August, 2010.

Cefepime Identification

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Drug Class

Breast Feeding


Anti-Infective Agents

Antibacterial Agents


Administrative Information

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