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Cefdinir is an antibiotic prescribed to treat bacterial infections. It belongs to the cephalosporin class of antibiotics.
The brand name of cefdinir is Omnicef, and it is available as an oral capsule or liquid.
Cefdinir is considered a broad-spectrum antibiotic, which means it is effective against a range of gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria. Broad-spectrum antibiotics are useful in cases where doctors are unsure of the specific bacteria causing the infection, or when they suspect that the infection is from multiple strains of bacteria.
How Does Cefdinir Work?
As a cephalosporin, cefdinir works by binding to a protein in the bacteria through its beta-lactam rings. Once attached, cefdinir inhibits the regular activity of the bacteria and prevents it from creating a cell wall.
The cell wall is the structure surrounding the bacteria that keeps it contained. When the cell wall cannot be created, the pressure inside the cell builds until the membrane bursts and the bacteria dies.
What Is Cefdinir Used For?
Cefdinir is prescribed to treat bacterial infections such as:
- otitis media
- skin or soft tissue infection
How To Take Cefdinir?
When you are prescribed cefdinir, following all directions on the prescription label, including the dosage amount and schedule, is crucial. Cefdinir should also only be taken by the person it is prescribed to and for the condition for which it was prescribed. This ensures that it is taken only when it is needed.
The dosage amount of cefdinir will vary based on your age, the type and severity of the illness, and how well your body reacts to the medication.
Cefdinir may be taken with or without food. If you notice an upset stomach while taking cefdinir, taking it with food may help mitigate this symptom. However, while taking cefdinir, avoid antacids or other mineral supplements containing magnesium, aluminum, or iron within two hours before or after taking cefdinir. These supplements can make it harder for the body to absorb cefdinir, making it less effective.
Those taking the liquid suspension must shake the liquid before measuring out a dose. Use a dosing syringe or medicine dose-measuring device to ensure you take the correct amount of medication.
If you miss a dose of cefdinir, take it as soon as you can. However, skip the missed dose if it is almost time for the next dose––do not take two doses at once.
It is important to continue taking cefdinir for your entire prescription length, even if you begin to feel better. It is common for symptoms to improve before the infection is completely cleared, and discontinuing your medication before the prescription is complete increases the risk of a repeat infection or of a more severe illness developing.
Cefdinir may affect the results of certain medical tests, so if you see any doctors while taking cefdinir, inform them of this addition to your medication.
In the United States, Cefdinir is available under the following brand names:
- Omnicef Omni-Pac
Common side effects associated with Cefdinir may include:
- Vaginal itching or discharge
- Stomach pain
More serious side effects which should be reported to your healthcare provider immediately may include:
- Pale skin, unusual bleeding, easy bruising
- Severe stomach pain
- Watery or bloody diarrhea
- Dark colors urine
- Kidney problems (swelling in the feet or ankles, little or no urination, feeling tired or short of breath)
Some people may also be allergic to cefdinir. Get medical attention immediately if you have difficulty breathing, hives, or swelling in the face or throat. Cefdinir can also cause a severe skin reaction with symptoms that include skin pain, sore throat, burning eyes, and purple or red skin rash with peeling and blistering. Again, seek immediate help if you have any of these symptoms.
The above lists of possible side effects associated with Cefdinir are not exhaustive and other side effects may occur. If you experience any severe or persistent side effects while taking Cefdinir, it is important to contact your healthcare provider right away.
Frequently Asked Questions About Cefdinir
Do You Need a Prescription for Cefdinir?
Yes, Cefdinir is a prescription antibiotic and it is not available for purchase over the counter. This medication requires a valid prescription from a licensed healthcare provider.
Can You Get an Online Prescription for Cefdinir from DrHouse?
Yes, DrHouse offers online prescriptions for Cefdinir. Our licensed healthcare providers can assess your condition and provide you with a prescription for Cefdinir if appropriate.
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Frequently asked questions
Can I Get a New Prescription or Refill an Existing One Through DrHouse?
Yes, you can get a new prescription or refill an existing one online through DrHouse. You just need to start a consultation with one of our licensed providers and they will be able to assess your needs and provide you with a prescription if necessary.
Please note that the final decision always rests with the doctor based on their professional judgment and your health needs.
What Medications Can't be Prescribed Online By DrHouse?
There are certain medications that cannot be prescribed online by DrHouse physicians due to safety reasons. These include controlled substances, such as opioids and other narcotics, as well as drugs with a high potential for abuse or dependence. DrHouse physicians also don’t prescribe Gabapentin, medical marijuana, muscle relaxants, and HRT medications.
How Do I Get an Online Prescription from DrHouse?
With DrHouse getting a new prescription or a refill for your current Rx is a straightforward and quick process. All you need to do is follow a few easy steps:
- Download the DrHouse telehealth app on your mobile device.
- Create an account by providing basic information and medical history.
- Start an on-demand virtual video consultation with one of our licensed physicians.
- Discuss your medical needs and concerns with one of our physicians.
- A doctor will review your medical history, symptoms, and current medications (if any) to determine if an online prescription is appropriate for you.
- If a physician approves, they will electronically send a new prescription or refill request to the pharmacy of your choice.
- Pick up your medication from the pharmacy.
DrHouse makes it easy for you to get an online prescription from the comfort of your own home. No more waiting in line at the doctor’s office or pharmacy, and no need to take time off work to see a doctor. Our telehealth platform allows you to access quality medical care from anywhere with an internet connection.
For more information about how our telehealth platform works visit our “How DrHouse Works” page.
What Will My Appointment for a New Prescription or Refill Look Like?
During your virtual consultation with a DrHouse physician, you will have the opportunity to discuss your medical needs and concerns.
The consultation will consist of a video call where a physician will assess your medical history and ask you questions about your symptoms and any other relevant information. This is to ensure that a physician has all the necessary information to make an informed decision about your prescription.
You can also ask any questions or clarify any doubts you may have about your condition or medication. Our physicians are happy to address any concerns you may have.
Once a physician has assessed your needs, they will determine if and what type of prescription is appropriate for you. If a new prescription or refill is approved, a doctor will send it electronically to your chosen pharmacy.
How Long Does It Get To Get a Prescription Online With DrHouse?
With our on-demand telehealth service, you have the opportunity to see the first available doctor in as little as 10 to 15 minutes. However, the exact consult time will depend on the complexity of your case and the thoroughness required by the healthcare provider to make an informed decision.
Is It Safe to Get an Online Prescription from DrHouse?
Absolutely, it is safe to get an online prescription from DrHouse. We are committed to ensuring the highest standards of patient safety and privacy.
All our providers are highly qualified US-based physicians and often affiliated with major hospitals. They are board-certified and from the top U.S. medical schools with an average of 20 years of experience.
We strictly adhere to HIPAA regulations, ensuring your personal and medical information is kept secure and confidential. Also, we comply with all applicable state and federal laws related to telehealth and the prescribing of medications.
Therefore, you can rest assured knowing that your safety and privacy are our top priorities when you use DrHouse’s services.
How Much Does DrHouse Cost?
DrHouse strives to provide accessible and affordable telehealth services. DrHouse urgent care, primary care, and specialist visits are $129 or your copay. This includes everything from your initial consultation through to the prescription of your medication.
The cost of a doctor’s visit may be covered fully by your insurance. A typical copay is around $25. We recommend checking with your insurance provider to understand the extent of your coverage for telehealth services.
To learn more about how much DrHouse costs, visit our pricing page
Does DrHouse Accept Insurance?
Yes, DrHouse accepts most major insurances, including Blue Cross Blue Shield, Aetna, and Medicare. The extent of coverage may vary depending on your individual plan.
What Is DrHouse’s Prescription Refill Policy?
Our physicians are able to prescribe up to a 90-day prescription without labs for any previously prescribed medication if it’s medically appropriate and is not classified as a controlled substance.
DrHouse physicians also don’t prescribe Gabapentin, medical marijuana, muscle relaxants, and HRT medications.
DrHouse physicians use their medical judgment to determine whether to prescribe and the duration.
In certain cases, the prescription may be limited to 30 days or less. There also may be a 12-month cap for some prescriptions without labs. For medications requiring annual monitoring (such as blood work or imaging), the maximum prescription limit is 90 days within a year without labs.
DrHouse physicians can refer patients to labs for longer prescription periods or refills.