Omnicef vs. Cipro

Are Omnicef and Cipro the Same Thing?

Omnicef (cefdinir) and Cipro (ciprofloxacin) are antibiotics used to treat many different types of infections caused by bacteria.

Omnicef and Cipro belong to different antibiotic classes. Omnicef is a cephalosporin antibiotic and Cipro is a fluoroquinolone antibiotic.

The brand name Omnicef is discontinued in the U.S. Generic versions of cefdinir are available.

What Are Possible Side Effects of Omnicef?

Common side effects of Omnicef include:

Tell your doctor if you experience serious side effects of Omnicef including watery or bloody diarrhea, chest pain, fever, chills, body aches, flu symptoms, unusual bleeding, seizures (convulsions), pale or yellowed skin, dark colored urine, fever, confusion or weakness, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes); fever, sore throat, and headache with a severe blistering, peeling, and red skin rash; increased thirst, loss of appetite, swelling, weight gain, feeling short of breath, or urinating less than usual or not at all.

What Are Possible Side Effects of Cipro?

Common side effects of Cipro include:

Tell your doctor if you experience serious side effects of Cipro including severe dizziness, fainting, fast or pounding heartbeats; sudden pain, snapping or popping sound, bruising, swelling, tenderness, stiffness, or loss of movement in any of your joints; watery or bloody diarrhea; confusion, hallucinations, depression, unusual thoughts or behavior; seizure (convulsions); severe headache, ringing in your ears, pain behind your eyes; pale or yellow skin, dark colored urine, fever, weakness; urinating less than usual or not at all; easy bruising or bleeding; numbness, tingling, or unusual pain anywhere in your body; the first sign of any skin rash, no matter how mild; or severe skin reaction -- fever, sore throat, swelling in your face or tongue, burning in your eyes, skin pain, followed by a red or purple skin rash that spreads (especially in the face or upper body) and causes blistering and peeling.

What Is Omnicef?

Omnicef (cefdinir) is a cephalosporin antibiotic used to treat many different types of infections caused by bacteria. The brand name Omnicef is discontinued in the U.S. Omnicef is available in generic form.

What Is Cipro?

Cipro (ciprofloxacin) is a quinolone antibiotic. Cipro is available as a generic drug and is prescribed to treat infections of the skin, lungs, airways, bones, joints, and urinary tract infections caused by susceptible bacteria.

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What Drugs Interact With Omnicef?

Omnicef may interact with blood thinners, antibiotics, antidepressants, anti-malaria medications, medicine to prevent or treat nausea and vomiting, medicines to treat psychiatric disorders, migraine headache medicines, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), steroids, or narcotics.

What Drugs Interact With Cipro?

Cipro may also interact clozapine, probenecid, ropinirole, theophylline, NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), or steroids.

How Should Omnicef Be Taken?

The recommended dose of Omnicef is 150 mg every 13 weeks administered by deep intramuscular (IM) injection in the gluteal or deltoid muscle. Omnicef should not be used as a long-term birth control method (longer than 2 years).

How Should Cipro Be Taken?

Cipro should be taken once daily.

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References


DailyMed. Ceftin (Omnicef) Product Information.

https://dailymed.nlm.nih.gov/dailymed/drugInfo.cfm?setid=2f439b86-59d6-4350-aeb4-c904b3781db4

RxList. Cipro Prescribing Information.

https://www.rxlist.com/cipro-drug.htm

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