A healthcare provider may prescribe Omnicef® (cefdinir) for treating various bacterial infections, including pneumonia, bronchitis, and sinus infections. This medication is approved for use in adults and children as young as six months old.
This prescription antibiotic comes in the form of capsules or a liquid. The capsules are only available in one strength -- 300 mg capsules. The liquid form comes in the following strengths:
Omnicef oral suspension 125 mg/5 mL -- each teaspoon (5 mL) containing 125 mg of Omnicef
Omnicef oral suspension 250 mg/5 mL -- each teaspoon (5 mL) containing 250 mg of Omnicef.
Omnicef works by preventing bacteria from making and maintaining their cell wall. Without a cell wall, bacteria are vulnerable and ultimately die. As a result, the infection is kept from spreading within the body.
Omnicef is typically taken once or twice a day, depending on your healthcare provider's instructions. Although most people tolerate this medication well, side effects are possible and may include headaches, diarrhea, and nausea.
(Click Omnicef for more information on how Omnicef liquid and capsules can help treat a variety of bacterial infections. This article also discusses general dosing guidelines, safety precautions, and tips on effectively using this medication.)
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
Last reviewed by: KristiMonson, PharmD;
List of references (click here):
Omnicef [package insert]. North Chicago, IL: Abbott Laboratories;2007 June.
Food and Drug Administration, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. Electronic orange book: approved drug products with therapeutic equivalence evaluations. FDA Web site. Available at: http://www.fda.gov/cder/ob/.
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