cefdinir, Omnicef (Discontinued)

  • Pharmacy Author:
    Omudhome Ogbru, PharmD

    Dr. Ogbru received his Doctorate in Pharmacy from the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy in 1995. He completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at the University of Arizona/University Medical Center in 1996. He was a Professor of Pharmacy Practice and a Regional Clerkship Coordinator for the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy from 1996-99.

  • Medical and Pharmacy Editor: Jay W. Marks, MD
    Jay W. Marks, MD

    Jay W. Marks, MD

    Jay W. Marks, MD, is a board-certified internist and gastroenterologist. He graduated from Yale University School of Medicine and trained in internal medicine and gastroenterology at UCLA/Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

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GENERIC NAME: cefdinir

DISCONTINUED BRAND: Omnicef

GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes

PRESCRIPTION: Yes

USES: Cefdinir is effective against susceptible bacteria causing infections of the middle ear (otitis media), tonsils (tonsillitis), throat, larynx (laryngitis), sinuses (sinusitis), bronchi (bronchitis), lungs (pneumonia), skin and other soft tissues.

SIDE EFFECTS: Cefdinir generally is well tolerated. The most common side effects are:

Rare side effects include abnormal liver tests and allergic reactions. Cefdinir may cause false test results with some tests for sugar in the urine. Like most antibiotics, cefdinir may cause a condition called pseudomembranous colitis (Clostridium difficile colitis), a potentially serious bacterial infection of the colon. Patients who develop signs of pseudomembranous colitis after starting cefdinir (diarrhea, fever, abdominal pain, and possibly shock) should contact their physician immediately. Persons who are allergic to the penicillin class of antibiotics (for example amoxicillin, amoxicillin and clavulanic acid [Augmentin]) which are related to cephalosporins, may or may not be allergic to cephalosporins.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 3/30/2016

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