Omnicef is prescribed for the treatment of common bacterial infections, such as bronchitis, pneumonia, and sinusitis. It works by preventing bacteria from making and maintaining their cell wall -- this eventually kills the bacteria and keeps the infection from spreading in the body. Omnicef comes in capsule or liquid form, and is typically taken once or twice a day.
Omnicef® (cefdinir) is a prescription antibiotic that is licensed to treat a number of common bacterial infections.
Some infections that Omnicef is used to treat include:
- Middle ear infection (otitis media)
- Sinus infection (sinusitis)
- Skin infection (cellulitis)
- Throat infection (strep throat).
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It is not effective against any infection caused by a virus, such as the flu, stomach flu, or common cold.
Omnicef is part of a class of drugs called cephalosporins. It prevents bacteria from making and maintaining their cell wall. Without a cell wall, bacteria are vulnerable and ultimately perish.
By affecting the cell wall of bacteria, Omnicef keeps bacteria from thriving and causing infection in the body.
General considerations for when and how to take Omnicef include the following:
- The medication comes as a capsule or suspension (liquid). It is usually taken once or twice a day, depending on your healthcare provider's instructions.
- Make sure to shake Omnicef suspension well just before each dose.
- It should be taken at the same time each day to maintain an even level of the medication in your system.
- For the medication to work properly, you have to take it as prescribed.
- Make sure that you complete your entire prescription, even if you start feeling better. This will ensure that the infection is completely treated.