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12.27 Cefdinir (Omnicef)

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Generic Name

Cefdinir

Trade Name

Omnicef

Indication

Treatment of skin infections, otitis media

Action

Bactericidal, binds to bacterial cell wall causing cell death

Therapeutic Class

Anti-infectives

Pharmacologic Class

Cephalosporin 3rd generations

Nursing Considerations

• Contraindicated in cephalosporin and possibly penicillin allergies
• May need lead to seizures, pseudomembranous colitis, diarrhea, phlebitis at
IV site, anaphylaxis
• Assess infection and allergies
• Obtain cultures prior to therapy
• Monitor bowel function
• Monitor for bleeding
• May lead to superinfection

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