- What is cefdinir?
- What brand names are available for cefdinir?
- Is cefdinir available as a generic drug?
- Do I need a prescription for cefdinir?
- Why is cefdinir prescribed to patients?
- What are the side effects of cefdinir?
- What is the dosage for cefdinir?
- Which drugs or supplements interact with cefdinir?
- Is cefdinir safe to take during pregnancy or while breastfeeding?
- What else should I know about cefdinir?
What is cefdinir?
Cefdinir is a semi-synthetic (partially man-made) oral antibiotic in the cephalosporin family of antibiotics. The cephalosporin family includes:
- cephalexin (Keflex)
- cefaclor (Ceclor)
- cefuroxime (Zinacef)
- cefpodoxime (Vantin)
- cefixime (Suprax), cefprozil (Cefzil)
- Many injectable antibiotics
What brand names are available for cefdinir?
Omnicef brand has been discontinued and there are no other brand names available for cefdinir available in the US
Is cefdinir available as a generic drug?
Do I need a prescription for cefdinir?
What are the uses for cedinir?
Cefdinir is effective against susceptible bacteria causing infections of the:
- Middle ear (otitis media)
- Tonsils (tonsillitis)
- Throat (strep throat)
- Larynx (laryngitis)
- Sinuses (sinusitis)
- Bronchi (bronchitis)
- Lungs (pneumonia)
- Skin and other soft tissues
Cefdinir is not active against Pseudomonas.
What are the side effects of cefdinir?
- Cefdinir generally is well tolerated. The most common side effects are:
- Rare side effects include:
- 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 doctor 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.
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