Omnicef® (cefdinir) is a prescription medication used to treat certain types of bacterial infections. It comes in a couple of different forms, including pills (capsules) and an oral suspension (liquid). The pills are available in one strength -- 300 mg. Liquid Omnicef is available 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 belongs to a class of drugs called cephalosporins, and works by preventing bacteria from making and maintaining their cell wall. By affecting the cell wall of bacteria, Omnicef keeps bacteria from thriving and causing infection in the body.
Even though most people tolerate the liquid and pill form of Omnicef well, the medication is not suitable for everyone. Before using this medication, make sure to talk to your healthcare provider about any other medical conditions you have and any other medications you are taking (including vitamins, supplements, and non-prescription medications).
(Click Omnicef for a more in-depth look at how Omnicef works, potential side effects, general dosing guidelines, and information on what to tell your healthcare provider before 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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