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  • Counsel patients that antibacterial drugs including MAXIPIME should only be used to treat bacterial infections. They do not treat viral infections (e.g., the common cold). When MAXIPIME is prescribed to treat a bacterial infection, tell patients that although it is common to feel better early in the course of therapy, the medication should be taken exactly as directed. Skipping doses or not completing the full course of therapy may (1) decrease the effectiveness of the immediate treatment and (2) increase the likelihood that bacteria will develop resistance and will not be treatable by MAXIPIME or other antibacterial drugs in the future.
  • Diarrhea is a common problem caused by antibacterial drugs, which usually ends when the antibiotic is discontinued. Inform patient that they may develop watery and bloody stools (with or without stomach cramps and fever) during treatment and as late as two or more months after having taken the last dose of the antibiotic. Inform patients that they should contact their physician as soon as possible if this occurs.
  • Advise patients of neurological adverse events that could occur with MAXIPIME use. Instruct patients or their caregivers to inform their healthcare provider at once of any neurological signs and symptoms, including encephalopathy (disturbance of consciousness including confusion, hallucinations, stupor, and coma), aphasia (disturbance of speaking and understanding spoken and written language), myoclonus, seizures and nonconvulsive status epilepticus, for immediate treatment, dosage adjustment, or discontinuation of MAXIPIME.

Last reviewed on RxList: 5/12/2017
This monograph has been modified to include the generic and brand name in many instances.

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