Omnicef is a semi-synthetic (partially man-made) oral antibioticand. When susceptible bacteria causesg infections of the middle ear (otitis media), tonsils (tonsillitis ), throat, larynx (laryngitis), bronchi (bronchitis), lungs (pneumonia), and skin and other soft tissues, then Omnicef is prescribed.
Medication must always be taken as advised by your medical practitioner/physician. If you are unsure, then please contact your physician for precise instructions. On the other hand, the medicine label usually contains dosage instructions which also may be followed.
Omnicef may be taken with a meal or without a meal to prevent stomach problems.
A full glass of water when taken with Omnicef always ensures better absorption.
Medications are prescribed according to a dosage schedule which must be completed in order to reap the benefits of the treatment. Lapsed schedules render Omnicef ineffective. So, never stop in between unless advised by your physician.
One of the best ways to ensure that you do not miss out on a dose is to maintain a fixed regime for consuming Omnicef each day.
Drug Class and Mechanism
Omnicef falls under semi-synthetic (partially man-made) oral antibiotic. Like most other antibiotics, the modus operandi of the drug is to stop the cell wall formation of the bacteria which renders it vulnerable to the attack of the human immune system.
You must maintain a schedule for taking the medicine at the same time each day so that you do not miss out on any doses. But, in the advent of a missed dose, take it as soon as you remember so that you can compensate for the loss of the dose.
But, then you may need to adjust your remaining doses accordingly. And if it is almost time for the next dose, then please skip the missed dose and continue with the normal schedule.
Never try to compensate for the missed dose by taking a double dose together. It may cause adverse effects.
Omnicef must be stored at a cool and dark place that prevents it from direct exposure to sunlight. It should also be protected from kids and pets. You can store it at room temperature between 59 to 86 degrees F (15-30 degrees C) .
If you are allergic to any ingredient in Omnicef (you may check medicine label) then please do not use it without consulting your doctor.
You must also avoid using Omnicef if you have conditions like asthma, emphysema/bronchitis along with asthma, certain heart problems (e.g., congestive heart failure, cardiogenic shock, heart block or any conduction/sinus node problems, very slow heartbeat), untreated blood mineral imbalance (electrolyte imbalance), very low blood pressure.
Ensure that your doctor is aware of your past and current medical history before you start any new treatment or medication. This must include any and all diseases that you have suffered /suffer from, all subscription and over the counter medication that you are taking, including vitamins and herbal supplements. This will help avoid a possible interaction or allergy.
In some cases, the medication might be altered or require special attention if you suffer from conditions like kidney or liver problems or If you have an artificial heart pacemaker.
Certain laboratory tests may be made mandatory while you are using Omnicef. These tests include and are conducted to analyze your progress to treatment and guage the degree to which side effects are being experienced. You must never miss out on any such lab tests.
Your lab technician or doctor must be informed that you are taking Omnicef before you undergo any lab tests or emergency surgical procedures.
Omnicef is strictly to be used only for treating bacterial infections. Treatment with Omnicef for curing viral infections like the common cold will be ineffective.
Extreme stomach cramps followed by bloody or tarry stools have been noticed in some patients using Omnicef. If you experience something like this, then stop treatment immediately and contact your physician.
Treatment with Omnicef must be constantly monitored as continuous treatment renders Omnicef ineffective and leads to a re infection. This re infection is usually severe and cannot be cured by Omnicef alone.
Omnicef is strictly to be used only if in urgent need during pregnancy.
If you are planning to have a baby or are pregnant already then you must seek advice from your doctor before using Omnicef. Discuss the effects and possible risks that Omnicef usage may have on the unborn baby.
If you are breast feeding your child, then too seek medical advice before using Omnicef. Some drugs may be excreted in the breast milk and may harm the baby.