CEFDINIR

COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Omnicef

GENERIC NAME(S): CEFDINIR

 

Description: Cefdinir kills bacteria by stopping its production of cell wall.

Cefdinir, a cephalosporin antibiotic, treats a wide variety of bacterial infections by stopping the growth of bacteria. This antibiotic treats only bacterial infections.

How to use cefdinir

Take this medication by mouth, with or without food, usually once a day, or twice a day every 12 hours, or as directed by your doctor.

The dosage is based on your medical condition and response to therapy. Do not take more than the maximum recommended amount of 600 milligrams per day.

Antibiotics work best when the amount of medicine in your body is kept at a constant level. Therefore, take this drug at evenly spaced intervals.

Continue to use this medication until the full prescribed amount is finished even if symptoms disappear after a few days. Stopping the medication too early may allow bacteria to continue to grow, which may result in a relapse of the infection.

Some medications can bind with cefdinir preventing its full absorption. If you take antacids containing magnesium or aluminum, iron supplements, or vitamin/mineral products, take them at least 2 hours apart from cefdinir.

Inform your doctor if your condition persists or worsens.

Notify your doctor or pharmacist promptly if any of these effects persist or worsen diarrhea, headache, or nausea.

This medication may cause harmless reddish stools.

Tell your doctor immediately if any of these rare but very serious side effects occur:

  • stomach/abdominal pain
  • persistent nausea/vomiting
  • yellowing eyes or skin
  • dark urine
  • unusual fatigue
  • new signs of infection (e.g., persistent sore throat, fever)
  • easy bruising/bleeding
  • change in the amount of urine
  • mental/mood changes (such as confusion)

This medication may rarely cause a severe intestinal condition (Clostridium difficile-associated diarrhea) due to a resistant bacteria.

Use of this medication for prolonged or repeated periods may result in oral thrush or a new vaginal yeast infection (oral or vaginal fungal infection).

A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is unlikely.

This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Precautions

  • Allergic reaction to this medication.
  • Patients with medical history of kidney disease, intestinal disease (colitis).
  • Elderly people may be more sensitive to this drug.
  • Used only when clearly needed during pregnancy.
  • Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

Consult your doctor regarding the precautions mentioned above.

 

Interactions

Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all prescription and nonprescription/herbal products you may use, especially of live bacterial vaccines.

Although most antibiotics probably do not affect hormonal birth control such as pills, patch, or ring, some antibiotics may decrease their effectiveness.

This medication may cause false positive results with certain diabetic urine testing products (cupric sulfate-type). This drug may also affect the results of certain lab tests.

This document does not contain all possible interactions.

Overdose

If overdose is suspected, contact a poison control center or emergency room immediately. Symptoms of overdose may include severe vomiting, seizures.

Notes: Do not share this medication with others.

This medication has been prescribed for your current condition only. Do not use it later for another infection unless told to do so by your doctor. A different medication may be necessary in those cases.

Missed Dose: If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you remember. If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not double the dose to catch up.

Storage: Store at room temperature (77 degrees F or 25 degrees C) away from light and moisture. Brief storage between 59-86 degrees F (15-30 degrees C) is permitted. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep all medicines away from children and pets.

Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. Properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist or local waste disposal company for more details about how to safely discard your product.

 

Brands

Available brands

  • Orcef-DS [ Stallion Labs ]

Also marketed as

  • Cefnaxl [ XL Lab ]
  • Nirocef [ Sel-J Pharma ]
  • Safdicure [ XL Lab ]

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