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Cefepime hydrochloride is a semi-synthetic, broad spectrum, cephalosporin antibiotic for parenteral administration. The chemical name is 1-[[(6R,7R)-7-[2-(2-amino-4-thiazolyl) -glyoxylamido] -2-carboxy-8-oxo-5-thia-1-azabicyclo[4.2.0] oct-2-en-3-yl]methyl]-1-methylpyrrolidinium chloride, 72_ (Z)-(O-methyloxime), monohydrochloride, monohydrate.

Cefepime hydrochloride is a white to pale yellow powder with a molecular formula of C19H25ClN6O5S2HClH20 and a molecular weight of 571.5. It is highly soluble in water.

MAXIPIME® (cefepime hydrochloride) for Injection, is supplied for intramuscular or intravenous administration in strengths equivalent to 500 mg, 1 g and 2 g of cefepime. (See DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION.)

MAXIPIME is a sterile, dry mixture of cefepime hydrochloride and L-arginine. The L-arginine, at an approximate concentration of 725 mg/g of cefepime, is added to control the pH of the constituted solution at 4.06.0. Freshly constituted solutions of MAXIPIME will range in color from colorless to amber.

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