What is Cefdinir and why is it prescribed?
Cefdinir is a member of the family of antibiotics known as cephalosporins. It is used to treat mild to moderate infections, including: Acute flare-ups of chronic bronchitis, Middle ear infections (otitis media), Throat and tonsil infections (pharyngitis/tonsillitis), Pneumonia, Sinus infections, and Skin infections. Cefdinir, like other antibiotics, works best when there is a constant amount in the blood. To maintain effective blood levels, be sure to take every dose on schedule.

How should you take Cefdinir?
Follow your doctors directions for taking Cefdinir. Cefdinir is available in capsules (for individuals aged 13 years and up) and an oral suspension (for children aged 6 months to 12 years). Shake the oral suspension thoroughly before each use. The drug can be taken with or without food. Be sure to finish your entire prescription, even if you begin to feel better. If you stop taking the drug too soon, some germs may survive and cause a relapse. If you use antacids, iron supplements, or multivitamins containing iron, allow at least 2 hours between a dose of these products and a dose of Cefdinir. Antacids and iron tend to reduce the amount of Cefdinir in the bloodstream. It's okay, however, to combine iron-fortified infant formula with Cefdinir suspension. If you miss a dose take it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and go back to your regular schedule. Do not take two doses at once. Both the capsules and the oral suspension can be stored at room temperature. The suspension will keep for 10 days, after which any unused portion must be thrown away.

Are there any Cefdinir side effects?
Cefdinir side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, inform your doctor as soon as possible. More common Cefdinir capsule side effects may include diarrhea, nausea, and vaginal infection. Less common Cefdinir capsule side effects may include abdominal pain, headache, and vaginal inflammation. Rare Cefdinir capsule side effects may include abnormal stools, constipation, dizziness, drowsiness, gas, indigestion, insomnia, itching, loss of appetite, rash, vaginal discharge, vomiting, and weakness. More common Cefdinir suspension side effects may include diarrhea and rash. Less common Cefdinir suspension side effects may include skin infection and vomiting. Rare Cefdinir suspension side effects may include abdominal pain, abnormal stools, indigestion, nausea, rash, restlessness, vaginal infection, and vaginal inflammation.

What are the possible food and drug interactions when taking Cefdinir?
If Cefdinir is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. Be sure to inform your doctor of all the prescription and over the counter medications you are taking. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Cefdinir with Antacids (such as Maalox and Mylanta), Iron supplements, Multivitamins containing iron, or Probenecid (Benemid). The combination of iron and Cefdinir sometimes turns the stool red. This is not a cause for concern.

Are there any special warnings about Cefdinir?
Use Cefdinir with caution if you suffer from colitis. Cefdinir has been known to cause colitis. If you develop symptoms such as diarrhea while taking this medication, notify your doctor. The use of an antibiotic to kill one type of germ can sometimes promote the growth of other germs that are resistant to the drug. If a new infection occurs, alert your doctor. You may need to take a different antibiotic. If you suffer from seizures, use Cefdinir with caution. If you have a seizure while using Cefdinir, stop taking it and call your doctor immediately. Cefdinir suspension contains 2.86 grams of sugar per teaspoonful. If a child is diabetic, this could cause an increase in blood sugar levels.

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