Cefdinir Nursing Considerations, Side Effects and Mechanism of Action Pharmacology for Nurses


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Generic Name: cefdinir
Trade Name: Omnicef
Treatment of skin infections, otitis media Action bactericidal, binds to bacterial cell wall causing cell death
Therapeutic Class: anti-infectives
Pharmacologic Class: Cephalosporin 2nd 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 super infection




  1. I hAd difficulty swallowing caused by a sharp pain in my right tonsil. I went to the doctor and she took a test and told me that I had bacterial infection. So then, She prescribed me to take Cefdinir, (300mg )1 pill everyday for 10 days. This is my third day and honestly, I feel a lot better but I’ve been experience a lot of lightheadness every time I stand up. I don’t know if this is normal or so but it’s kind of worrying since I’d causing so much pain in my head. I’m 13 years old btw.


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