Cefdinir is a semi-synthetic cephalosporin antibiotic that works against bacterial infections by stopping the bacteria from building protective walls, which makes it impossible for them to survive.
This medicine is most often prescribed for the treatment of tonsillitis, middle ear infections, respiratory tract infections, bronchitis, skin infections, other soft tissue infections, sinusitis, laryngitis and pneumonia. Other conditions may also be treated with cefdinir if the patient is expected to benefit from this particular drugs rather than another one available.
Cefdinir is available as 300 mg capsules and oral suspension containing 125 mg/5 ml and 250 mg/5 ml. The regular dosage can be taken with some food or without. Because cefdinir elimination occurs through the kidneys, patients with kidney problems may need to be taking lower doses of this medicine. Cefdinir capsules are usually prescribed to be taken at 300 mg every 12 hours, or 600 mg once a day, for 5 to 10 days depending on how severe the infection is. Children are usually prescribed the liquid form of the medicine and the dosage is based on their body weight.
Cefdinir is commonly well tolerated and unlikely to cause any serious side effects. However, it may cause mild side effects like nausea, indigestion, vaginal itching, headache, skin rash, vomiting, stomach pain, dizziness, mild itching and mild diarrhea. More serious side effects include chest pain, watery or bloody diarrhea, seizure, sore throat, fever, yellowing of the skin or eyes, fever and chills. However, these serious side effects are highly unlikely and occur in an insignificantly small number of patients.