Antibiotic Omnicef (cefdinir)
This medicine is also known as cefdinir in the market. It is an antibiotic which is used to treat anextensive range of bacterial infections. It belongs to the set of antibiotics known as cephalosporins. It works by either halting the growth of bacteria or by killing them.
Composition of Omnicef:
The medicine is available as capsule for oral suspension. It contains the following active ingredients cefdinir.It is a white to slightly brownish-yellow solid. The compound is soluble in dilute hydrochloric acid and frugally soluble in phosphate buffer. The empirical formula of this medicine is C14H13N5O5S2. The molecular weight of this compound is 395.42. Thecapsules of this medicine contain cefdinir and also the following inactive ingredients,polyoxyl 40 stearate, carboxymethylcellulose calcium, and magnesium stearate. The medicine for oral suspension contains 125 mg cefdinir and the following inactive ingredients in it,citric acid, sodium benzoate, sucrose, xanthan gum, artificial strawberry, sodium citrate, guar gum, and silicon dioxide, magnesium stearate, and cream flavors.
Uses of Omnicef:
Thismedicine is used to treat infections such as bronchitis, pneumonia, ear infection, tonsillitis, skin infections, sinusitis and pharyngitis.
Side- Effects of Omnicef:
This medicine is known to cause certain side effects. There can be no, to minor side effects of this medicine in patients. The common symptoms of Omnicef are:
- Upset stomach
- Loss of appetite
- Unusual bleeding
- Sore throat
- Weight gain
- Body aches
- Decreased Urination
Some of the side effects may require immediate medical attention, hence reach out to your doctor if you notice any of these symptoms:
- Swelling of the lips, face, eyes, tongue, or legs
- Difficulty breathing or swallowing
- Vaginal infection
Contraindications of Omnicef:
If you are going to use this medicine, make sure you consult your doctor. In case you are allergic to this medicine or to any inactive ingredient of this medicine or any other allergic reactions, let your doctor know. Also, if you have a history of kidney diseases or intestinal problems, make your doctor aware of it. Make sure you take the medicine for the complete prescribed length of time. It is important because the symptoms may improve in a few days, however, to cure the infection you need to complete the course of the medicine. The elderly people may be more sensitive to this medicine as the kidney functions decline with age. Let your doctor know if you are using any nonprescription, prescription or herbal products, as this medicine may cause reactions with other medicines.
Pregnancy and Omnicef:
This medicine should only be used during pregnancy if suggested by a doctor. Let your doctor know beforehand if you plan to become pregnant or if you are breast feeding.