cefdinir, Omnicef (Discontinued) (cont.)

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PREGNANCY: There are no adequate studies of cefdinir in pregnant women; however, studies in animals suggest no important effects on the fetus.

NURSING MOTHERS: Cefdinir is not secreted in breast milk.

SIDE EFFECTS: Cefdinir generally is well tolerated. The most common side effects are diarrhea or loose stools, nausea, abdominal pain, vomiting, rash, and headache. 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.

Reference: FDA Prescribing Information

Last Editorial Review: 3/26/2013

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