Omnicef (Cefdinir)

What is Omnicef?

Omnicef is an effective and potent cephalosporin antibiotic that fights bacteria within the body. Cefdinir, as an active ingredient of the treatment, decreases bacteria development and prevents its further growth and spreading. As a result, Omnicef is prescribed as a treatment of multiple types infectious diseases. However, the treatment may be used for other purposes that are not listed in the safety guide.


Recommendations for Use

Talk to your healthcare provider before Omnicef administration. Make sure your physician knows about all the health problems you have and medications you use. This information is inevitable for proper dose adjustment.

Follow prescription and safety instructions without any changes. Do not use Omnicef in higher or lower doses than recommended. Otherwise, you can either get no effect or overdose. Use the antibiotic for the whole length of the course. Keep taking the drug even if the symptoms seem to improve. The signs of the infection may disappear earlier than bacteria are totally killed.

Omnicef is an oral medication that should be taken regularly. Use Omnicef with or without food. The drug may affect the results of certain medical tests, thus, tell your doctor you are under Omnicef treatment. Once you have missed Omnicef dose, take it as soon as possible. However, skip the dose in case the following scheduled one should be administered soon. Never increase the medication dose to avoid possible complications and side effects from the drug overuse.

Precautions and Contraindications

Consult your medical professional primarily to Omnicef use. Inform your healthcare provider about all the other disorders you have, including minor and major problems. Do not launch the treatment course if you are allergic to the active component of the medication, Cefdinir, or similar antibiotics. Additionally, the drug should not be used by pregnant and breastfeeding women. Despite the complete effect Omnicef produces on an unborn or nursing child has not been discovered yet, it is better to eliminate its intake to prevent possible adverse reactions.

Certain medical conditions may interact with Omnicef decreasing its positive effect, producing harmful effects and causing other health complications. Tell your physician about kidney disorders, allergies and intestinal problems you have to avoid further problems.

Drug Interactions

Keep in mind that Omnicef may also produce undesirable effects if combined with definite treatments. Warn your doctor about all the prescription and non-prescription drugs, vitamins, supplements and herbal products you use to prevent possible interactions and their harmful consequences. Do not take Omnicef together with iron-containing mineral and vitamin supplements, Probenecid, Antacids and other pharmaceuticals. Significant health changes may be triggered by simultaneous intake of these treatments.

Side Effects

Once you take Omnicef as recommended, in a proper dose and following other safety instructions, you can experience only minor side effects, such as headaches, dizziness, stomach disorders, nausea, vomiting, indigestion, constipation, diarrhea, skin rash and others. These symptoms serve a usual reaction of the organism to the new treatment and should disappear after a few Omnicef intakes.

However, call your doctor and seek medical assistance in case more severe complications have occurred, especially allergic reactions, seizures, bleeding, watery or bloody diarrhea, jaundice, fatigue, weakness and others.