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What is Cefdinir (Cefdinir) prescribed for?
A Bacterial infection is caused by microbes, and it spreads by things such as; Coughing and sneezing, contact with infected people, contact with a contaminated surface, and contaminated food and water, as well as contact with infected creatures including pets and livestock, the creatures may also include fleas and ticks.
This medication is known as a cephalosporin antibiotic. It functions by stopping the growth of the bacteria. This antibiotic only treats bacterial infections. It will not work on viral infections such as the common cold and the flu. Using any antibiotic with it is not needed may cause the drug not to work for future infections.
This medication is to be taken by mouth, with or without food. And is usually taken once or twice a day. Remember that the dosage given to you is based on your medical condition and how you respond to the treatment. For the best outcome, take this antibiotic at evenly spaced times.
Make sure you continue to use this medication until the prescribed amount is complete, regardless if symptoms have disappeared within a few days. Discontinuing the medication at an early date may allow bacteria to continue to grow, which may lead into a relapse of the infection.
Some medications can bind with cefdinir preventing its full absorption. If you take antacids containing magnesium or aluminum, iron supplements, or vitamin/mineral products, take them at least 2 hours apart from cefdinir.
Before taking this medication, it is best to advise your doctor if you are allergic to Cefdinir, or to any other medications or allergies in general. Also it is best to notify your doctor of your medical history. Inform them you have had the following; kidney disease, intestinal disease (colitis).
Cefdinir may cause live bacterial vaccines (such as typhoid vaccine) to not work as well. Do not have any immunizations/vaccinations while using this medication unless your doctor tells you to.
Diarrhea, headache, or nausea may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor or pharmacist promptly.
This medication may cause your stools to turn a reddish color, especially if you also take iron products. This is harmless.
Tell your doctor right away if any of these rare but very serious side effects occur: stomach/abdominal pain, persistent nausea/vomiting, yellowing eyes or skin, dark urine, unusual fatigue, new signs of infection (e.g., persistent sore throat, fever), easy bruising/bleeding, signs of kidney problems (such as change in the amount of urine), mental/mood changes (such as confusion).
This medication may rarely cause a severe intestinal condition (Clostridium difficile-associated diarrhea) due to a resistant bacteria. This condition may occur weeks to months after treatment has stopped. Do not use anti-diarrhea or opioid medications if you have the following symptoms because these products may make them worse. Tell your doctor right away if you develop: persistent diarrhea, abdominal or stomach pain/cramping, or blood/mucus in your stool.
Use of this medication for prolonged or repeated periods may result in oral thrush or a new vaginal yeast infection (oral or vaginal fungal infection). Contact your doctor if you notice white patches in your mouth, a change in vaginal discharge or other new symptoms.
A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of a serious allergic reaction may include: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.
What happens if I suddenly stop taking this medication?
There may be a relapse in symptoms as well as side effects. You should speak your doctor before stop taking this medication.
What is the best dosage to take?
The diagnosis with your doctor will be able to determine the best dosage for your treatment. Work with your doctor closely for dosage and dosing schedules.
What happens if I miss a dose?
You should take the missed dose as soon you realize you have forgotten. If the forgotten dose is closer to your next scheduled dose, take the next schedule dose to avoid overlapping in dose.
What is the best way to store this medication?
This medication is stored at room temperature, and should be kept away from children and pets. Do not throw away this medication in the wastebasket. If you are uncertain how to dispose of this medication speak with your pharmacist for help in safely disposing of this medication.
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