Chemical Name: CEFDINIR (SEF-di-ner)
Cefdinir is a cephalosporin antibiotic used to treat bacterial infections.
Some medicines or medical conditions may interact with Cefdinir.
INFORM YOUR DOCTOR OR PHARMACIST of all prescription and over-the-counter medicine that you are taking.
ADDITIONAL MONITORING OF YOUR DOSE OR CONDITION may be needed if you are taking probenecid.
DO NOT START OR STOP any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval. Inform your doctor of any other medical conditions including kidney problems, intestinal problems (such as colitis), seizures, allergies, pregnancy, or breast-feeding. Contact your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions or concerns about taking Cefdinir.
Follow the directions for using Cefdinir provided by your doctor.
SHAKE WELL before taking a dose. Use a measuring device marked for medicine dosing. Ask your pharmacist for help if you are unsure of how to measure this dose. Cefdinir may be taken on an empty stomach or with food. Do not take any medicines containing magnesium or aluminum (such as antacids, vitamins/minerals, and quinapril), or iron within 2 hours before or 2 hours after taking Cefdinir as they may decrease the amount of medicine absorbed by your body. However, iron-fortified infant formula may be given at any time with Cefdinir.
STORE Cefdinir at room temperature between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C) in a tightly-closed container, away from heat and light. Discard any unused medicine after 10 days.
TO CLEAR UP YOUR INFECTION COMPLETELY, continue using Cefdinir for the full course of treatment even if you feel better in a few days. Do not miss any doses.
IF YOU MISS A DOSE OF Cefdinir, take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule.
DO NOT take 2 doses at once.
IF YOU HAVE HAD A SEVERE ALLERGIC REACTION to a cephalosporin antibiotic (such as Ceclor, Keflex, Ceftin, Duricef) or a penicillin antibiotic (such as amoxicillin, ampicillin), contact your doctor or pharmacist before taking Cefdinir. A severe reaction includes a severe rash, hives, breathing difficulties, or dizziness. If you have a question about whether you are allergic to Cefdinir or if a certain medicine is a cephalosporin, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
IF YOU EXPERIENCE difficulty breathing or tightness of chest; swelling of eyelids, face, or lips; or develop a rash or hives, tell your doctor immediately. Do not take any more of Cefdinir unless your doctor tells you to do so.
IF MODERATE TO SEVERE DIARRHEA OCCURS during or after treatment with Cefdinir, check with your doctor or pharmacist. Do not treat it with non-prescription (over-the-counter) medicines. Cefdinir may color the stools a reddish color if you are taking any products that contain iron.
BEFORE YOU BEGIN TAKING ANY NEW MEDICINE, either prescription or over-the-counter, check with your doctor or pharmacist.
CAUTION IS ADVISED WHEN USING Cefdinir in children under 2 years old because they may be more sensitive to the effects of the medicine, especially diarrhea and rash (primarily diaper rash).
FOR WOMEN: if you plan on becoming pregnant, discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of using Cefdinir during pregnancy. It is unknown if Cefdinir is excreted in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you are using Cefdinir, check with your doctor or pharmacist to discuss the risks to your baby.
IF YOU HAVE DIABETES, this medicine may affect your blood sugar. It may also cause false test results with some urine glucose tests. Check with your doctor before you adjust the dose of your diabetes medicine or change your diet.
Possible side effects
SIDE EFFECTS that may occur while taking Cefdinir include diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and headache. If they continue or are bothersome, check with your doctor.
CHECK WITH YOUR DOCTOR AS SOON AS POSSIBLE if you experience vaginal irritation or discharge.
CONTACT YOUR DOCTOR IMMEDIATELY if you experience sore throat, fever, unusual bleeding or bruising, yellowing of skin or eyes, stomach pain, mucous or blood in your stools, or seizures. If an allergic reaction to Cefdinir occurs, seek immediate medical attention. Symptoms of an allergic reaction include rash; itching; dizziness; swelling of hands, face, lips, eyes, throat, or tongue; difficulty swallowing or breathing; or hoarseness. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist.
If you take too much
If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately.
If your symptoms do not improve within a few days or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
DO NOT SHARE Cefdinir with others for whom it was not prescribed.
DO NOT USE Cefdinir for other health conditions.
KEEP Cefdinir out of the reach of children.