Compare Omnicef vs. Ceftin

Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.

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Omnicef (cefdinir)

Prescription only
Treats bacterial infections.

Omnicef (cefdinir) is good for treating many common bacterial infections.

Treats bacterial infections.

Ceftin (cefuroxime axetil) is good for treating many bacterial infections, but be sure to take the full course without stopping so that the medication can work.

Upsides
  • Available as a generic, so it shouldn't be too expensive.
  • It is good at killing the most common bacteria.
  • Available in both pill and liquid forms.
  • Good at treating many types of bacterial infections.
  • Available in several different forms: pill, oral suspension, and injection.
  • Available in generic.
Downsides
  • Antacids and iron prevent Omnicef (cefdinir) from getting absorbed, so you'll need to separate any supplements from Omnicef (cefdinir) by at least 2 hours.
  • If you're taking iron with Omnicef (cefdinir), it can turn your stool red, which is normal but can be alarming.
  • Can cause diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, or headache.
  • The suspension has some sugar in it, which could raise your blood sugar. Talk to your doctor if you have diabetes.
  • Must take the liquid suspension with food.
  • Acid reducers can lower the effectiveness of Ceftin (cefuroxime axetil). Talk to your doctor if you are on acid reducers.
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Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Liquid
  • Pill
  • Oral suspension
  • Injection
Price
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Side effects
4possible side effects
  • Diarrhea
    15%
  • Vaginal yeast infection
    4%
  • Nausea
    3%
  • Headache
    2%
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The Ceftin (cefuroxime axetil) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
Risks and risk factors
  • Diarrhea
    • Taking Omnicef (cefdinir) for a long time
  • Allergic reaction
    • History of penicillin allergy
  • Drug interactions
    • Taking antacids or iron supplements
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  • Allergic reaction
    • History of penicillin allergy
    • History of cephalosporin allergy
  • New infection
    • Taking Ceftin (cefuroxime axetil) for a long time
  • Diarrhea
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