Omnicef is effective against susceptible bacteria causing infections of the middle ear (otitis media), tonsils (tonsillitis), throat, larynx (laryngitis), bronchi (bronchitis), lungs (pneumonia), and skin and other soft tissues.
How to use
Omnicef is taken once or twice daily, depending on the nature and severity of the infection. The capsules or suspension can be taken with or without food. Patients with advanced renal disease may need to take lower doses to prevent accumulation of Cefdinir since it is eliminated from the body by the kidneys.
For adult infections, the usual dose is 300 mg every 12 hours or 600 mg per day for 5–10 days, depending on the nature and severity of the infection. The recommended dose for children 6 months to 12 years of age is 7 mg/kg every 12 hours or 14 mg/kg per day for 5–10 days, depending on the infection.
For most infections, once-daily dosing is as effective as twice-daily dosing, though once-daily dosing has not been evaluated for the treatment of skin infections or pneumonia.
Drug Class and Mechanism
Omnicef is a semi-synthetic (partially man-made) oral antibiotic in the cephalosporin family of antibiotics. The cephalosporin family includes cephalexin (Keflex), cefaclor (Ceclor), cefuroxime (Zinacef), cefpodoxime (Vantin), cefixime (Suprax), cefprozil, and many injectable antibiotics.
Like other cephalosporins, Cefdinir stops bacteria from multiplying by preventing them from forming walls that surround them. The walls are necessary to protect bacteria from their environment and to keep the contents of the bacterial cell together. Bacteria cannot survive without a cell wall.
Omnicef is active against a very wide spectrum of bacteria, including Staphylococcus aureus; Streptococcus pneumoniae; Streptococcus pyogenes (the cause of strep throat); Hemophilus influenzae; Moraxella catarrhalis; E. coli, Klebsiella, and Proteus mirabilis. It is not active against Pseudomonas. Therapeutic uses of Cefdinir include otitis media (infections of the middle ear), infections of soft tissues, and respiratory tract infections.
It was approved by the FDA in December of 1997.
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember, if it is within 4 hours. If you remember later, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not “double-up” the dose to catch up. If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember, if it is within 4 hours. If you remember later, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not “double-up” the dose to catch up.
Store at room temperature at 77 degrees F (25 degrees C) away from light and moisture. Brief storage between 59 and 86 degrees F (15-30 degrees C) is permitted. Do not store it in the bathroom. Keep all medicines away from children and pets.
Possible Side Effects
Nausea, vomiting, heartburn, gas, loss of appetite, stomach cramps, dizziness, drowsiness, headache, weakness, or changes in sleep habits may occur as your body adjusts to the medicine.
Other side effects include muscle aches, sweating, dry mouth, tremors, and an unusual taste in the mouth. If any of these symptoms continue or become bothersome, inform your doctor.
Notify your doctor promptly if you develop: chest pain, blurred vision, unusual bleeding or bruising, skin rash, chills. Tell your doctor immediately if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: signs of infection (e.g., fever, persistent sore throat), sudden weight gain, swelling of the ankles or feet, trouble breathing, unusually fast/slow/irregular heartbeat.
If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
Your doctor may want you to check your pulse rate every day while you take this medication. Learn how to monitor your pulse. Laboratory and/or medical tests (e.g., EKG, pacemaker testing if applicable) should be performed periodically to monitor your progress or check for side effects.
Consult your doctor or pharmacist for more details. Keep all scheduled appointments and doctor visits.