"Every year as many as 10 million U.S. children risk side effects from antibiotic prescriptions that are unlikely to help their upper respiratory conditions. Many of these infections are caused by viruses, which are not helped by antibiotics."...
Patients should be counseled that antibacterial drugs including OMNICEF (cefdinir) should only be used to treat bacterial infections. They do not treat viral infections (e.g., the common cold). When OMNICEF (cefdinir) is prescribed to treat a bacterial infection, patients should be told that although it is common to feel better early in the course of therapy, the medication should be taken exactly as directed. Skipping doses or not completing the full course of therapy may (1) decrease the effectiveness of the immediate treatment and (2) increase the likelihood that bacteria will develop resistance and will not be treatable by OMNICEF (cefdinir) or other antibacterial drugs in the future.
Antacids containing magnesium or aluminum interfere with the absorption of cefdinir. If this type of antacid is required during OMNICEF (cefdinir) therapy, OMNICEF (cefdinir) should be taken at least 2 hours before or after the antacid.
Iron supplements, including multivitamins that contain iron, interfere with the absorption of cefdinir. If iron supplements are required during OMNICEF (cefdinir) therapy, OMNICEF (cefdinir) should be taken at least 2 hours before or after the supplement.
Iron-fortified infant formula does not significantly interfere with the absorption of cefdinir. Therefore, OMNICEF (cefdinir) for Oral Suspension can be administered with iron-fortified infant formula.
Diabetic patients and caregivers should be aware that the oral suspension contains 2.86 g of sucrose per teaspoon.
Diarrhea is a common problem caused by antibiotics which usually ends when the antibiotic is discontinued. Sometimes after starting treatment with antibiotics, patients can develop watery and bloody stools (with or without stomach cramps and fever) even as late as two or more months after having taken the last dose of the antibiotic. If this occurs, patients should contact their physician as soon as possible.
Last reviewed on RxList: 2/13/2009
This monograph has been modified to include the generic and brand name in many instances.
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