- Are Levaquin and Omnicef the Same Thing?
- What Are Possible Side Effects of Omnicef?
- What Are Possible Side Effects of Levaquin?
- What is Omnicef?
- What is Levaquin?
- What Drugs Interact with Omnicef?
- What Drugs Interact with Levaquin?
- How Should Omnicef Be Taken?
- How Should Levaquin Be Taken?
Are Omnicef and Levaquin the Same Thing?
Omnicef and Levaquin belong to different antibiotic classes. Omnicef is a cephalosporin antibiotic and Levaquin 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:
- stomach pain,
- diaper rash in an infant taking liquid cefdinir,
- skin rash, or
- vaginal itching or
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 Levaquin?
Common side effects of Levaquin include:
- difficulty sleeping (insomnia),
- abdominal pain,
- abdominal gas,
- itching, and
- vaginal itching or discharge.
Levaquin has been associated with tendinitis and tendon rupture. Levaquin can alter the normal bacteria in the colon and cause pseudomembranous colitis. Patients taking Levaquin can develop photosensitivity (sensitivity to sunlight) and patients may sunburn more easily.
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 Levaquin?
Levaquin is a fluoroquinolone antibiotic medicine used in adults age 18 years or older to treat certain infections caused by certain germs called bacteria. These bacterial infections include:
- nosocomial pneumonia
- community-acquired pneumonia
- acute sinus infection
- acute worsening of chronic bronchitis
- skin infections, complicated and uncomplicated
- chronic prostate infection
- urinary tract infections, complicated and uncomplicated
- acute kidney infection (pyelonephritis)
- inhalational anthrax
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 Levaquin?
Levaquin 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.
Levaquin may also interact with antacids that contain magnesium or aluminum, sucralfate, didanosine, vitamin or mineral supplements that contain iron or zinc, insulin or oral diabetes medications, or theophylline.
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 Levaquin Be Taken?
- Take Levaquin exactly as your healthcare provider tells you to take it.
- Take Levaquin at about the same time each day.
- Drink plenty of fluids while you take Levaquin.
- Take Levaquin Oral Solution 1 hour before or 2 hours after eating.
- If you miss a dose of Levaquin, take it as soon as you remember. Do not take more than 1 dose in 1 day.
- Do not skip any doses of Levaquin or stop taking it,
even if you begin to feel better, until you finish your prescribed treatment
- you have tendon problems. See “What is the most important information I should know about Levaquin?”.
- you have a serious allergic reaction. See “What are the possible side effects of Levaquin?”.
- your healthcare provider tells you to stop taking
Taking all of your Levaquin doses will help make sure that all of the bacteria are killed. Taking all of your Levaquin doses will help you lower the chance that the bacteria will become resistant to Levaquin. If your infection does not get better while you take Levaquin, it may mean that the bacteria causing your infection may be resistant to Levaquin. If your infection does not get better, call your healthcare provider. If your infection does not get better, Levaquin and other similar antibiotic medicines may not work for you in the future.
- If you take too much Levaquin, call your healthcare provider or get medical help right away.
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