Omnicef for Pneumonia

If you have pneumonia, Omnicef® (cefdinir) may help relieve your symptoms. This prescription medication is approved for treating pneumonia (as well as various other bacterial infections) in adults and children as young as six months old.
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.
When using Omnicef for pneumonia treatment, the recommended dosage is typically 300 mg, taken twice daily for 5 to 10 days or 600 mg, taken once daily for 10 days. For children, the dosage will be based on weight and other factors.
Omnicef comes as a capsule or oral suspension (liquid). It can be taken with or without food. If it upsets your stomach, taking Omnicef with food can help. Omnicef should be taken at the same time each day to maintain an even level of the drug in your system.
(Click Omnicef Uses and Omnicef Dosage for a complete overview of how pneumonia can be treated with Omnicef. These articles also discuss the safety of using this medication in children and describe the factors that may affect your dosage.)
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