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.
What Is Omnicef?
Omnicef® (cefdinir) is a prescription antibiotic that is licensed to treat a number of common bacterial infections.
What Is It Used For?
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.
How Does Omnicef Work?
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.
When and How Do I Take It?
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.