Omnicef (Cefdinir) became the most popular cephalosporin antibiotic in the USA in 2008. For the first time, it appeared on the market in 1991. In 1997, the drug was approved by the FDA. This medication is taken orally. It is available in the form of suspension and capsules, and its dosage is determined based on different factors, including the type of infection that needs to be treated.
What Is It Used for?
Omnicef belongs to cephalosporin antibiotics. It is able to fight bacteria in the body. The drug is effective in treatment of different types of bacterial infections, including community-acquired pneumonia, acute bacterial otitis media, acute maxillary sinusitis, acute exacerbations of chronic bronchitis, skin structure infections, pharyngitis/tonsillitis and others. Omnicef works by preventing bacteria from further growth. It should not be used in treatment of viral infections.
What Precautions Should Be Taken
Omnicef should not be used by people who experience an allergic reaction to it or other antibiotics, including Cefzil, Keflex, Ceftin and others. Before you are prescribed with this medication, you should tell your healthcare provider if you have intestinal problems or kidney diseases.
You should not stop using this drug once you notice some improvements, because it does not necessarily mean that the infection has been treated. Avoid skipping your doses as it may decrease the effects of this drug. You should stop using Omnicef if you have bloody or watery diarrhea. In this case, you should contact your healthcare provider. No anti-diarrhea medication should be used without consulting your doctor.
What Side Effects May Occur?
The following are the most common side effects:
Vaginal discharge or itching.
You should immediately contact your healthcare provider if you experience the following symptoms:
Bloody or watery diarrhea;
Severe peeling, blistering and red skin rash;
Yellow or pale skin;
Weakness or confusion;
Feeling short of breath;
Loss of appetite;
Does It Interact with Other Medications?
There are 83 medications known to be able to interact with Omnicef. You should not combine the use of Omnicef with the use of the following drugs:
You should tell your healthcare provider if you wish to take Omnicef along with other prescription or non-prescription medications.