- Type: Cephalosporins
- Manufacturer: ABBVIE
- Dosage: 300mg
- Avg Price: $85
Omnicef is a broad spectrum prescription antibiotic for adult and pediatric use, which belongs to the 3rd generation of Cephalosporins. It is used to treat many different types of infections caused by bacteria. It is taken in adults and adolescents used for the treatment of bacterial infections such as bronchitis, middle ear infection (otitis media), sinus infection (sinusitis), pneumonia, skin infection (cellulitis), tonsillitis, throat infection (strep throat). This medication may also be used for other purposes that are not listed in the guidelines.
Take Omnicef during the full prescribed period. You may notice that your symptoms may improve before the infection is completely cleared. Skipping the doses can also increase the risk of further infection development. The medication will not treat a viral infection such as the common cold or flu.
Antibiotic medications can cause diarrhea, which could be a sign of a new infection. If you have diarrhea that is watery or bloody, then you should stop taking Omnicef and contact your doctor immediately. Do not use this medicine for treating diarrhea unless your doctor tells you to do it.
Do not take Omnicef in case of kidney disease or severe liver conditions, pregnancy or planning to conceive, breastfeeding, allergic reactions to cephalosporin drugs, to penicillin, or to other types of drugs. You should notify your health care professional about any other medicines you may be taking, including prescription and non-prescription ones, antacids, herbal supplements or vitamins.
Before taking Omnicef, tell your doctor if you are allergic to any medicines (especially penicillin). Also tell your doctor if you have kidney diseases or a history of intestinal problems.
Tell the doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during the treatment. It is not known whether the active component of the drug passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not use Omnicef without telling your doctor if you are breastfeeding.
Omnicef suspension (a liquid form) contains some sucrose. Talk to your doctor before using this form of the drug if you have diabetes.
Just as in case with any medicine, some side effects are likely with Omnicef. Not everyone who uses the drug will necessarily experience any negative effects. If any side effects do occur, in the majority of cases, then they are quite mild. Some of the possible common adverse effects are: diarrhea, headache, nausea, unexplained rash, stomach pains, yeast infection (especially in women) and others. Overdose symptoms may include nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, and diarrhea.
Get emergency medical help if you have any of the following signs of an allergic reaction to Omnicef: hives; labored breathing; swelling of the face, lips, tongue, or throat. Call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects: diarrhea that is watery or bloody; chest pain; fever, chills, body aches, flu symptoms; unusual bleeding; seizure (convulsions); pale or yellowed skin, dark urine, fever, confusion, or weakness; yellowing of the skin or eyes; fever, sore throat, and headache with severe pemphigus, scaling and red skin rash; or increased thirst, loss of appetite, swelling, weight gain, feeling short of breath, urinating less than usual or not at all.
This is not a complete list of side effects and some other of them may arise. Tell your doctor about any unusual or bothersome side effects you’ve got.
Your pharmacist can provide more information about the drug Omnicef.
Taking the drug Omnicef with foods that contain iron may cause your stools (bowel movements) to turn red. If this discoloration looks like blood in your stool, call the doctor immediately.
Method of Application
Take Omnicef exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not take more, less, or for a longer period than it was prescribed. Follow the instructions on the recipe sticker, when taking this medication. The drug can be taken with or without food.
The oral suspension should be shaken well before measuring the dose. To make sure you get the correct dose, you should measure the liquid with a measuring spoon or a medicine cup, do not use a regular tablespoon. If you don't have a dose measuring device, then ask your pharmacist for it.
In case if you forget to take a pill you should take it as soon as you remember. Do not ever take a double dose of the medicine.
It is recommended to store this medication at room temperature away from moisture and heat in a place, which is away inaccessible for children. Throw away any unused medication liquid that is more than 10 days old as if the suspension was prepared, then it shouldn’t be used for more than 10 days.
Never take any antibiotic medications without a doctor’s prescription. Do not allow other people to take your personal medicines. Use the drug Omnicef strictly following the doctor’s advice, and if you think that it doesn’t work, you should contact your doctor and talk about it.