What Is Cefdinir (Omnicef)?
Cefdinir is an antibiotic with a broad spectrum of activity prescribed to treat a wide range of bacterial infections, including certain types of strep throat, sore throat, middle-ear infections and a myriad of skin infections. Cefdinir belongs to the antibiotics class of cephalosporins which work by killing the bacteria or slowing down their growth.
Cefdinir was formerly sold under Omnicef (brand name) which has now been discontinued. It may interest you to know that the cefdinir which is available in capsules or in a strawberry-flavored powder will not work on viral infections. It will be inappropriate for a physician to prescribe cefdinir for flu or common cold.
Cefdinir should therefore, be used only to treat bacterial infections that have been strongly confirmed through series of laboratory tests and reports. The use of antibiotics in non-implicated medical condition or its over use has been linked to the growth of antibiotic -resistant bacteria (“superbugs”).
Before taking cefdinir, inform your doctor of any allergies or previous reaction to cefdinir or penicillin or any other drug belonging to the class of cephalosporins such as cephalexin. Also, make sure you inform your doctor if you have any history of hepatic impairment- Kidney disease or colitis.
Cefdinir should only be administered during pregnancy after considering the risk to benefit ratio as there have been no reports of the drug’s effect in lactating mother or pregnant woman. Since cefdinir can affect the results of certain laboratory tests, such as some diabetic-urine testing products, make sure you inform your doctor you are on cefdinir.
Cefdinir (Omnicef) Side Effects
Common Side Effects of Cefdinir:
Vaginal yeast infections
The diarrhea associated with this medication use usually subsides when you have completed your prescribed course of antibiotics. If you notice any bloody stain or watery stool, contact your doctor immediately. Do not use any anti-diarrhea medication before consultation as it may worsen the stooling.
Serious Side Effects of Cefdinir:
The following side effects can indicate an allergic reaction to cefdinir, and you need to call your doctor immediately:
Swelled tongue, face, lips, or throat
Shortness of breath
Fever, chills, body aches, cough, flu-like symptoms.
Leukopenia (lower white blood cell count)
Pale or yellow skin or eyes
Black, sticky stools
Cefdinir and Alcohol
One of the peculiar side effects of cefdinir is drowsiness, and drinking alcohol can intensify this side effect,
Cefdinir (Omnicef) Dosage
Cefdinir is presented in 300 milligram (mg) capsules, and in a powder usually 125 or 250mg to be mixed with water. The total daily dose for all infections is 600mg except for skin infections and pneumonia, which 300mg of cefdinir can be taking twice a day or in one single 600mg dose.
Antibiotics generally are usually time dependent and they need to be taken religiously at the appropriate time. The drug works best if taken at the same time every day.
For skin infections and pneumonia, take cefdinir twice a day in 300 mg doses
Depending on the child’s bodyweight, children 6 months to 12 years old placed on liquid cefdinir, the total daily dose for all infections is 14mg, up to a maximum daily dose of 600 mg
Children with skin infections should take cefdinir twice a day.
Contact a poison control center or get to an emergency room immediately. Overdose symptoms can include nausea, severe vomiting, and seizures.