Omnicef

 
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Without a Prescription

Omnicef is a member of the family of antibiotics known as cephalosporins. It is prescribed to treat mild to moderate infections, including:
- Throat and tonsil infections (pharyngitis/tonsillitis);
- Skin infections;
- Sinus infections;
- Pneumonia;
- Middle ear infections (otitis media);
- Acute flare-ups of chronic bronchitis;

To maintain effective blood levels, be sure to take every dose on schedule.
Omnicef, like other antibiotics, works best when there is a constant amount in the blood.

Side Effects

Omnicef side effects that you should report to your health care professional or doctor as soon as possible:

CAPSULES

More common side effects may include:
- Vaginal infection;
- Nausea;
- Diarrhea;

Less common side effects may include:
- Vaginal inflammation;
- Headache;
- Abdominal pain;

Rare side effects may include:
- Weakness;
- Vomiting;
- Vaginal discharge;
- Rash;
- Loss of appetite;
- Itching;
- Insomnia;
- Indigestion;
- Gas;
- Drowsiness;
- Dizziness;
- Constipation;
- Abnormal stools;

SUSPENSION

More common side effects may include:
- Rash;
- Diarrhea;

Less common side effects may include:
- Vomiting;
- Skin infection;

Rare side effects may include:
- Vaginal inflammation;
- Vaginal infection;
- Restlessness;
- Rash;
- Nausea;
- Indigestion;
- Abnormal stools;
- Abdominal pain;

Contraindications

Omnicef is contraindicated if you have any of the following conditions:
- If a new infection (called a superinfection) occurs, alert your doctor;
- If you are allergic to penicillin;
- If you develop symptoms such as diarrhea while taking this medication, notify your doctor;
- If you have a seizure while using omnicef;
- If you suffer from colitis (inflammation of the bowel);
- If you suffer from seizures, use omnicef with caution;
- If you've ever had an allergic reaction to a cephalosporin antibiotic;

Interactions

Do not take Omnicef with any of the following drugs:
- Probenecid (benemid);
- Multivitamins containing iron;
- Iron supplements;
- Antacids such as maalox and mylanta;

Dosage

CHILDREN

For children 6 months through 12 years old, the dose of Omnicef Suspension is based on body weight.
Dosage should never exceed 600 milligrams daily.
The suspension contains 125 milligrams per teaspoonful.

Middle Ear Infections

7 milligrams per 2.2 pounds every 12 hours for 5 to 10 days or 14 milligrams per 2.2 pounds once a day for 10 days.

Sinus Infections

7 milligrams per 2.2 pounds every 12 hours or 14 milligrams per 2.2 pounds once a day for 10 days.

Throat and Tonsil Infections

7 milligrams per 2.2 pounds every 12 hours for 5 to 10 days or 14 milligrams per 2.2 pounds once a day for 10 days.

Skin Infections

7 milligrams per 2.2 pounds every 12 hours for 10 days.

If you have kidney problems, your doctor will lower the dosage.

ADULTS

For adults and adolescents 13 years and over, the maximum daily dose is 600 milligrams, regardless of the infection under treatment.

Throat and Tonsil Infections

300 milligrams every 12 hours for 5 to 10 days or 600 milligrams once a day for 10 days.

Flare-ups of Chronic Bronchitis

300 milligrams every 12 hours for 5 to 10 days or 600 milligrams once a day for 10 days.

Pneumonia

300 milligrams every 12 hours for 10 days.

Skin Infections

300 milligrams every 12 hours for 10 days.

Sinus Infections

300 milligrams every 12 hours or 600 milligrams once a day for 10 days.

Overdose

The effects of an Omnicef overdose are unknown, but overdoses of similar antibiotics produce abdominal pain, convulsions, diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting. If you suspect an overdose, seek medical attention immediately.
Without Prescription (2017)