NDC 68788-7987 Cefdinir


NDC Product Code 68788-7987

NDC CODE: 68788-7987

Proprietary Name: Cefdinir What is the Proprietary Name?
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  • Cefdinir is used to treat a wide variety of bacterial infections. This medication is known as a cephalosporin antibiotic. It works by stopping the growth of bacteria. This antibiotic treats only bacterial infections. It will not work for viral infections (such as common cold, flu). Using any antibiotic when it is not needed can cause it to not work for future infections.

Product Characteristics

Shape: CAPSULE (C48336)
22 MM
Score: 1

NDC Code Structure

  • 68788 - Preferred Pharmaceuticals Inc.

NDC 68788-7987-2

Package Description: 20 CAPSULE in 1 BOTTLE

NDC Product Information

Cefdinir with NDC 68788-7987 is a a human prescription drug product labeled by Preferred Pharmaceuticals Inc.. The generic name of Cefdinir is cefdinir. The product's dosage form is capsule and is administered via oral form. The RxNorm Crosswalk for this NDC code indicates a single RxCUI concept is associated to this product: 200346.

Dosage Form: Capsule - A solid oral dosage form consisting of a shell and a filling. The shell is composed of a single sealed enclosure, or two halves that fit together and which are sometimes sealed with a band. Capsule shells may be made from gelatin, starch, or cellulose, or other suitable materials, may be soft or hard, and are filled with solid or liquid ingredients that can be poured or squeezed.

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Cefdinir Active Ingredient(s)

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  • SHELLAC (UNII: 46N107B71O)
  • FD&C BLUE NO. 2 (UNII: L06K8R7DQK)

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  • Oral - Administration to or by way of the mouth.

Pharmacological Class(es)

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  • Cephalosporin Antibacterial - [EPC] (Established Pharmacologic Class)
  • Cephalosporins - [CS]

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Labeler Name: Preferred Pharmaceuticals Inc.
Labeler Code: 68788
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Listing Expiration Date: 12-31-2022 What is the Listing Expiration Date?
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Cefdinir Product Labeling Information

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Cefdinir capsules, USP contain the active ingredient cefdinir, an extended-spectrum, semisynthetic cephalosporin, for oral administration. Chemically, cefdinir is [6R-[6α,7β (Z)]]-7-[[(2-amino-4  thiazolyl)(hydroxyimino)acetyl]amino]-3-ethenyl-8-oxo-5-thia-1-azabicyclo[4.2.0]oct-2-ene-2- carboxylic acid. Cefdinir is a white to slightly brownish-yellow solid. It is slightly soluble in dilute hydrochloric acid and sparingly soluble in 0.1 M pH 7.0 phosphate buffer.The empirical formula is C14H13N5O5S2 and the molecular weight is 395.42. Cefdinir has the structural formula shown below:Cefdinir capsules, USP contain 300 mg cefdinir and the following inactive ingredients:carboxymethylcellulose calcium, polyoxyl 40 stearate, colloidal silicone dioxide and magnesium stearate.The capsule shells contain FD&C Blue #2; gelatin, titanium dioxide, gelatin and water. Imprinting ink components shellac, Black Iron Oxide and potassium hydroxide.

Pharmacokinetics And Drug Metabolism

AbsorptionOral Bioavailability Maximal plasma cefdinir concentrations occur 2 to 4 hours postdose following capsule or suspension administration. Plasma cefdinir concentrations increase with dose, but the increases are less than dose-proportional from 300 mg (7 mg/kg) to 600 mg (14 mg/kg). Following administration of suspension to healthy adults, cefdinir bioavailability is 120% relative to capsules. Estimated bioavailability of cefdinir capsules is 21% following administration of a 300 mg capsule dose, and 16% following administration of a 600 mg capsule dose. Estimated absolute bioavailability of cefdinir suspension is 25%.Effect of FoodThe Cmax and AUC of cefdinir from the capsules are reduced by 16% and 10%, respectively, when given with a high-fat meal. In adults given the 250 mg/5 mL oral suspension with a high-fat meal, the Cmax and AUC of cefdinir are reduced by 44% and 33%, respectively. The magnitude of these reductions is not likely to be clinically significant. Therefore, cefdinir may be taken without regard to foodCefdinir CapsulesCefdinir plasma concentrations and pharmacokinetic parameter values following administration of single 300 and 600 mg oral doses of cefdinir to adult subjects are presented in the following table:Mean (±SD) Plasma Cefdinir Pharmacokinetic Parameter Values Following Administration of Capsules to Adult SubjectsDo s eCmax(mcg /mL)Tmax(hr)AUC(mcg hr/mL)300 mg1.602.97.05(0.55)(0.89)(2.17)600 mg2.873.011.1(1.01)(0.66)(3.87)Multiple DosingCefdinir does not accumulate in plasma following once- or twice-daily administration to subjects with normal renal function.DistributionThe mean volume of distribution (Vdarea ) of cefdinir in adult subjects is 0.35 L/kg (±0.29); in pediatric subjects (age 6 months to 12 years), cefdinir Vdarea is 0.67 L/kg (±0.38). Cefdinir is 60% to 70% bound to plasma proteins in both adult and pediatric subjects; binding is independent of concentration.Skin BlisterIn adult subjects, median (range) maximal blister fluid cefdinir concentrations of 0.65 (0.33 to 1.1) and 1.1 (0.49 to 1.9) mcg/mL were observed 4 to 5 hours following administration of 300 and 600 mg doses, respectively. Mean (±SD) blister Cmax and AUC (0-∞) values were 48% (±13) and 91% (±18) of corresponding plasma values.Tonsil TissueIn adult patients undergoing elective tonsillectomy, respective median tonsil tissue cefdinir concentrations 4 hours after administration of single 300 and 600 mg doses were 0.25 (0.22 to 0.46) and 0.36 (0.22 to 0.80) mcg/g. Mean tonsil tissue concentrations were 24% (±8) of corresponding plasma concentrations.Sinus TissueIn adult patients undergoing elective maxillary and ethmoid sinus surgery, respective median sinus tissue cefdinir concentrations 4 hours after administration of single 300 and 600 mg doses were < 0.12 (< 0.12 to 0.46) and 0.21 (< 0.12 to 2.0) mcg/g. Mean sinus tissue concentrations were 16% (±20) of corresponding plasma concentrations.Lung TissueIn adult patients undergoing diagnostic bronchoscopy, respective median bronchial mucosa cefdinir concentrations 4 hours after administration of single 300 and 600 mg doses were 0.78 (< 0.06 to 1.33) and 1.14 (< 0.06 to 1.92) mcg/mL, and were 31% (±18) of corresponding plasma concentrations. Respective median epithelial lining fluid concentrations were 0.29 (< 0.3 to 4.73) and 0.49 (< 0.3 to 0.59) mcg/mL, and were 35% (±83) of corresponding plasma concentrations.Middle Ear FluidIn 14 pediatric patients with acute bacterial otitis media, respective median middle ear fluid cefdinir concentrations 3 hours after administration of single 7 and 14 mg/kg doses were 0.21 (< 0.09 to 0.94) and 0.72 (0.14 to 1.42) mcg/mL. Mean middle ear fluid concentrations were 15% (±15) of corresponding plasma concentrations.CSFData on cefdinir penetration into human cerebrospinal fluid are not available.Metabolism and ExcretionCefdinir is not appreciably metabolized. Activity is primarily due to parent drug. Cefdinir is eliminated principally via renal excretion with a mean plasma elimination half-life (t1/2 ) of 1.7 (±0.6) hours. In healthy subjects with normal renal function, renal clearance is 2.0 (±1.0) mL/min/kg, and apparent oral clearance is 11.6 (±6.0) and 15.5 (±5.4) mL/min/kg following doses of 300 and 600 mg, respectively. Mean percent of dose recovered unchanged in the urine following 300 and 600 mg doses is 18.4% (±6.4) and 11.6% (±4.6), respectively. Cefdinir clearance is reduced in patients with renal dysfunction (see Special Populations: Patients with Renal Insufficiency).Because renal excretion is the predominant pathway of elimination, dosage should be adjusted in patients with markedly compromised renal function or who are undergoing hemodialysis (see DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION).Special PopulationsPatients with Renal InsufficiencyCefdinir pharmacokinetics were investigated in 21 adult subjects with varying degrees of renal function. Decreases in cefdinir elimination rate, apparent oral clearance (CL/F), and renal clearance were approximately proportional to the reduction in creatinine clearance (CLcr ). As a result, plasma cefdinir concentrations were higher and persisted longer in subjects with renal impairment than in those without renal impairment. In subjects with CLcr between 30 and 60 mL/min, Cmax and t1/2 increased by approximately 2-fold and AUC by approximately 3-fold. In subjects with CLcr<30 mL/min, Cmax increased by approximately 2-fold, t1/2 by approximately 5-fold, and AUC by approximately 6-fold. Dosage adjustment is recommended in patients with markedly compromised renal function (creatinine clearance <30 mL/min; see DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION).HemodialysisCefdinir pharmacokinetics were studied in 8 adult subjects undergoing hemodialysis. Dialysis (4 hours duration) removed 63% of cefdinir from the body and reduced apparent elimination t1/2 from 16 (±3.5) to 3.2 (±1.2) hours. Dosage adjustment is recommended in this patient population (see DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION).Hepatic DiseaseBecause cefdinir is predominantly renally eliminated and not appreciably metabolized, studies in patients with hepatic impairment were not conducted. It is not expected that dosage adjustment will be required in this population.Geriatric PatientsThe effect of age on cefdinir pharmacokinetics after a single 300 mg dose was evaluated in 32 subjects 19 to 91 years of age. Systemic exposure to cefdinir was substantially increased in older subjects (N=16), Cmax by 44% and AUC by 86%. This increase was due to a reduction in cefdinir clearance. The apparent volume of distribution was also reduced, thus no appreciable alterations in apparent elimination t1/2 were observed (elderly: 2.2 ± 0.6 hours vs young: 1.8 ± 0.4 hours). Since cefdinir clearance has been shown to be primarily related to changes in renal function rather than age, elderly patients do not require dosage adjustment unless they have markedly compromised renal function (creatinine clearance < 30 mL/min, see Patients with Renal Insufficiency, above).Gender and RaceThe results of a meta-analysis of clinical pharmacokinetics (N=217) indicated no significant impact of either gender or race on cefdinir pharmacokinetics.


Mechanism of ActionAs with other cephalosporins, bactericidal activity of cefdinir results from inhibition of cell wall synthesis. Cefdinir is stable in the presence of some, but not all, β-lactamase enzymes. As a result, many organisms resistant to penicillins and some cephalosporins are susceptible to cefdinir.Mechanism of ResistanceResistance to cefdinir is primarily through hydrolysis by some β-lactamases, alteration of penicillin binding proteins (PBPs) and decreased permeability. Cefdinir is inactive against most strains of Enterobacter spp., Pseudomonas spp., Enterococcus spp., penicillin-resistant streptococci, and methicillin-resistant staphylococci. β-lactamase negative, ampicillin-resistant (BLNAR) H. influenza strains are typically non-susceptible to cefdinir. Antimicrobial ActivityCefdinir has been shown to be active against most strains of the following microorganisms, both in vitro and in clinical infections as described in  INDICATIONS AND USAGE Gram-Positive BacteriaStaphylococcus aureus (methicillin-susceptible strains only) Streptococcus pneumoniae (penicillin-susceptible strains only) Streptococcus pyogenesGram-Negative Bacteria Haemophilus influenzae Haemophilus parainfluenzaMoraxella catarrhalisThe following in vitro data are available, but their clinical significance is unknown.Cefdinir exhibits in vitro minimum inhibitory concentrations (MICs) of 1 mcg/mL or less against (≥ 90%) strains of the following microorganisms; however, the safety and effectiveness of cefdinir in treating clinical infections due to these microorganisms have not been established in adequate and well-controlled clinical trials.Gram-Positive BacteriaStaphylococcus epidermidis (methicillin-susceptible strains only) Streptococcus agalactiae   Viridans group streptococciGram-Negative Bacteria Citrobacter koseri Escherichia coliKlebsiella pneumoniae  Proteus mirabilisSusceptibility Testing For specific information regarding susceptibility test interpretive criteria and associated test methods and quality control standards recognized by FDA for this drug, please see: https://www.fda.gov/STIC.

Indications & Usage

To reduce the development of drug-resistant bacteria and maintain the effectiveness of cefdinir capsules and other antibacterial drugs, Cefdinir capsules should be used only to treat or prevent infections that are proven or strongly suspected to be caused by susceptible bacteria. When culture and susceptibility information are available, they should be considered in selecting or modifying antibacterial therapy. In the absence of such data, local epidemiology and susceptibility patterns may contribute to the empiric selection of therapy.Cefdinir capsules are indicated for the treatment of patients with mild to moderate infections caused by susceptible strains of the designated microorganisms in the conditions listed below. Adults and Adolescents Community-Acquired Pneumonia Caused by Haemophilus influenzae (including β-lactamase producing strains), Haemophilus parainfluenzae (including β-lactamase producing strains), Streptococcus pneumoniae (penicillin-susceptible strains only), and Moraxella catarrhalis (including β-lactamase producing strains) (see CLINICAL STUDIES).Acute Exacerbations of Chronic BronchitisCaused by Haemophilus influenzae (including β-lactamase producing strains), Haemophilus parainfluenzae (including β-lactamase producing strains), Streptococcus pneumoniae (penicillin-susceptible strains only), and Moraxella catarrhalis (including β-lactamase producing strains).Acute Maxillary SinusitisCaused by Haemophilus influenzae (including β-lactamasen producing strains), Streptococcus pneumonia (penicillin-susceptible strains only), and Moraxella catarrhalis (including β-lactamase producing strains).NOTE: For information on use in pediatric patients, see Pediatric Useand DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION. Pharyngitis/TonsillitisCaused by Streptococcus pyogenes (see CLINICAL STUDIES).NOTE: Cefdinir is effective in the eradication of S. pyogenes from the oropharynx. Cefdinir has not, however, been studied for the prevention of rheumatic fever following S. pyogenes pharyngitis/tonsillitis. Only intramuscular penicillin has been demonstrated to be effective for the prevention of rheumatic fever.Uncomplicated Skin and Skin Structure InfectionsCaused by Staphylococcus aureus (including β-lactamase producing strains) and Streptococcus pyogenes. Pediatric Patients Acute Bacterial Otitis MediaCaused by Haemophilus influenzae (including β-lactamase producing strains), Streptococcus pneumonia (penicillin-susceptible strains only), and Moraxella catarrhalis (including β-lactamase producing strains).Pharyngitis/TonsillitisCaused by Streptococcus pyogenes (see CLINICAL STUDIES). NOTE: Cefdinir is effective in the eradication of S. pyogenes from the oropharynx. Cefdinir has not, however, been studied for the prevention of rheumatic fever following S. pyogenes pharyngitis/tonsillitis. Only intramuscular penicillin has been demonstrated to be effective for the prevention of rheumatic fever.Uncomplicated Skin and Skin Structure InfectionsCaused by Staphylococcus aureus (including β-lactamase producing strains) and Streptococcus pyogenes.


Cefdinir is contraindicated in patients with known allergy to the cephalosporin class of antibiotics.


BEFORE THERAPY WITH CEFDINIR IS INSTITUTED, CAREFUL INQUIRY SHOULD BE MADE TO DETERMINE WHETHER THE PATIENT HAS HAD PREVIOUS HYPERSENSITIVITY REACTIONS TO CEFDINIR, OTHER CEPHALOSPORINS, PENICILLINS, OR OTHER DRUGS. IF CEFDINIR IS TO BE GIVEN TO PENICILLIN-SENSITIVE PATIENTS, CAUTION SHOULD BE EXERCISED BECAUSE CROSS-HYPERSENSITIVITY AMONG β-LACTAM ANTIBIOTICS HAS BEEN CLEARLY DOCUMENTED AND MAY OCCUR IN UP TO 10% OF PATIENTS WITH A HISTORY OF PENICILLIN ALLERGY. IF AN ALLERGIC REACTION TO CEFDINIR OCCURS, THE DRUG SHOULD BE DISCONTINUED. SERIOUS ACUTE HYPERSENSITIVITY REACTIONS MAY REQUIRE TREATMENT WITH EPINEPHRINE AND OTHER EMERGENCY MEASURES, INCLUDING OXYGEN, INTRAVENOUS FLUIDS, INTRAVENOUS ANTIHISTAMINES, CORTICOSTEROIDS, PRESSOR AMINES, AND AIRWAY MANAGEMENT, AS CLINICALLY INDICATED. Clostridium difficile associated diarrhea (CDAD) has been reported with use of nearly all antibacterial agents, including cefdinir, and may range in severity from mild diarrhea to fatal colitis. Treatment with antibacterial agents alters the normal flora of the colon leading to overgrowth of C. difficile.C. difficile produces toxins A and B which contribute to the development of CDAD. Hypertoxin producing strains of C. difficile cause increased morbidity and mortality, as these infections can be refractory to antimicrobial therapy and may require colectomy. CDAD must be considered in all patients who present with diarrhea following antibacterial use. Careful medical history is necessary since CDAD has been reported to occur over two months after the administration of antibacterial agents.If CDAD is suspected or confirmed, ongoing antibacterial use not directed against C. difficile may need to be discontinued. Appropriate fluid and electrolyte management, protein supplementation, antibacterial treatment of C. difficile, and surgical evaluation should be instituted as clinically indicated.

General Precautions

Prescribing cefdinir in the absence of a proven or strongly suspected bacterial infection or a prophylactic indication is unlikely to provide benefit to the patient and increases the risk of the development of drug-resistant bacteria.As with other broad-spectrum antibiotics, prolonged treatment may result in the possible emergence and over growth of resistant organisms. Careful observation of the patient is essential. If superinfection occurs during therapy, appropriate alternative therapy should be administered.Cefdinir, as with other broad-spectrum antimicrobials (antibiotics), should be prescribed with caution in individuals with a history of colitis.In patients with transient or persistent renal insufficiency (creatinine clearance < 30 mL/min), the total daily dose of cefdinir should be reduced because high and prolonged plasma concentrations of cefdinir can result following recommended doses (see DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION).

Information For Patients

Patients should be counseled that antibacterial drugs including cefdinir should only be used to treat bacterial infections. They do not treat viral infections (e.g., the common cold). When cefdinir is prescribed to treat a bacterial infection, patients should be told that although it is common to feel better early in the course of therapy, the medication should be taken exactly as directed. Skipping doses or not completing the full course of therapy may (1) decrease the effectiveness of the immediate treatment and (2) increase the likelihood that bacteria will develop resistance and will not be treatable by cefdinir or other antibacterial drugs in the future.Antacids containing magnesium or aluminum interfere with the absorption of cefdinir. If this type of antacid is required during cefdinir therapy, cefdinir should be taken at least 2 hours before or after the antacid.Iron supplements, including multivitamins that contain iron, interfere with the absorption of cefdinir. If iron supplements are required during cefdinir therapy, cefdinir should be taken at least 2 hours before or after the supplement.Diarrhea is a common problem caused by antibiotics which usually ends when the antibiotic is discontinued. Sometimes after starting treatment with antibiotics, patients can develop watery and bloody stools (with or without stomach cramps and fever) even as late as two or more months after having taken the last dose of the antibiotic. If this occurs, patients should contact their physician as soon as possible.

Drug Interactions

Antacids (Aluminum- or Magnesium-Containing)Concomitant administration of 300 mg cefdinir capsules with 30 mL Maalox® TC suspension reduces the rate (Cmax ) and extent (AUC) of absorption by approximately 40%. Time to reach Cmax is also prolonged by 1 hour. There are no significant effects on cefdinir pharmacokinetics if the antacid is administered 2 hours before or 2 hours after cefdinir. If antacids are required during cefdinir capsule therapy, cefdinir should be taken at least 2 hours before or after the antacid.ProbenecidAs with other β-lactam antibiotics, probenecid inhibits the renal excretion of cefdinir, resulting in an approximate doubling in AUC, a 54% increase in peak cefdinir plasma levels, and a 50% prolongation in the apparent elimination t1/2 .Iron Supplements and Foods Fortified With IronConcomitant administration of cefdinir with a therapeutic iron supplement containing 60 mg of elemental iron (as FeSO4 ) or vitamins supplemented with 10 mg of elemental iron reduced extent of absorption by 80% and 31%, respectively. If iron supplements are required during cefdinir therapy, cefdinir should be taken at least 2 hours before or after the supplement.The effect of foods highly fortified with elemental iron (primarily iron-fortified breakfast cereals) on cefdinir absorption has not been studied.There have been reports of reddish stools in patients receiving cefdinir. In many cases, patients were also receiving iron-containing products. The reddish color is due to the formation of a non absorbable complex between cefdinir or its breakdown products and iron in the gastrointestinal tract.

Drug & Or Laboratory Test Interactions

A false-positive reaction for ketones in the urine may occur with tests using nitroprusside, but not with those using nitroferricyanide. The administration of cefdinir may result in a false-positive reaction for glucose in urine using Clinitest®, Benedict’s solution, or Fehling’s solution. It is recommended that glucose tests based on enzymatic glucose oxidase reactions (such as Clinistix® or Tes-Tape®) be used. Cephalosporins are known to occasionally induce a positive direct Coombs’ test.

Carcinogenesis & Mutagenesis & Impairment Of Fertility

The carcinogenic potential of cefdinir has not been evaluated. No mutagenic effects were seen in the bacterial reverse mutation assay (Ames) or point mutation assay at the hypoxanthine-guanine phosphoribosyltransferase locus (HGPRT) in V79 Chinese hamster lung cells. No clastogenic effects were observed in vitro in the structural chromosome aberration assay in V79 Chinese hamster lung cells or in vivo in the micronucleus assay in mouse bone marrow. In rats, fertility and reproductive performance were not affected by cefdinir at oral doses up to 1000 mg/kg/day (70 times the human dose based on mg/kg/day, 11 times based on mg/m2 /day).


Teratogenic EffectsPregnancy Category BCefdinir was not teratogenic in rats at oral doses up to 1000 mg/kg/day (70 times the human dose based on mg/kg/day, 11 times based on mg/m2 /day) or in rabbits at oral doses up to 10 mg/kg/day (0.7 times the human dose based on mg/kg/day, 0.23 times based on mg/m2 /day). Maternal toxicity (decreased body weight gain) was observed in rabbits at the maximum tolerated dose of 10 mg/kg/day without adverse effects on offspring. Decreased body weight occurred in rat fetuses at ≥ 100 mg/kg/day, and in rat offspring at ≥ 32 mg/kg/day. No effects were observed on maternal reproductive parameters or offspring survival, development, behavior, or reproductive function.There are, however, no adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women. Because animal reproduction studies are not always predictive of human response, this drug should be used during pregnancy only if clearly needed.

Labor & Delivery

Cefdinir has not been studied for use during labor and delivery.

Nursing Mothers

Following administration of single 600 mg doses, cefdinir was not detected in human breast milk.

Pediatric Use

Safety and efficacy in neonates and infants less than 6 months of age have not been established. Use of cefdinir for the treatment of acute maxillary sinusitis in pediatric patients (age 6 months through 12 years) is supported by evidence from adequate and well-controlled studies in adults and adolescents, the similar pathophysiology of acute sinusitis in adult and pediatric patients, and comparative pharmacokinetic data in the pediatric population.

Geriatric Use

Efficacy is comparable in geriatric patients and younger adults. While cefdinir has been well-tolerated in all age groups, in clinical trials geriatric patients experienced a lower rate of adverse events, including diarrhea, than younger adults. Dose adjustment in elderly patients is not necessary unless renal function is markedly compromised (see DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION).

Adverse Reactions

Clinical TrialsCefdinir Capsules (Adult and Adolescent Patients) In clinical trials, 5093 adult and adolescent patients (3841 U.S. and 1252 non-U.S.) were treated with the recommended dose of cefdinir capsules (600 mg/day). Most adverse events were mild and self-limiting. No deaths or permanent disabilities were attributed to cefdinir. One hundred forty-seven of 5093 (3%) patients discontinued medication due to adverse events thought by the investigators to be possibly, probably, or definitely associated with cefdinir therapy. The discontinuations were primarily for gastrointestinal disturbances, usually diarrhea or nausea. Nineteen of 5093 (0.4%) patients were discontinued due to rash thought related to cefdinir administration. In the U.S., the following adverse events were thought by investigators to be possibly, probably, or definitely related to cefdinir capsules in multiple-dose clinical trials (N=3841 cefdinir-treated patients):Adverse Events Associated with Cefdinir Capsules U.S. Trials in Adult and Adolescent Patients (N=3841)*Incidence ≥1%Diarrhea15% Vaginal moniliasis4 % of womenNausea3%Headache2%Abdominal pain1%Vaginitis1% of womenIncidence < 1%but > 0:1%Rash0.9%Dyspepsia0.7%Flatulence0.7%Vomiting0.7%Abnormal stools0.3%Anorexia0.3%Constipation0.3%Dizziness0 .3%Dry mouth0 .3%Asthenia0 .2%Insomnia0 .2%Leukorrhea0 .2% of womenMoniliasis0 .2%Pruritus0 .2%Somnolence0 .2%*1733 males, 2108 femalesThe following laboratory value changes of possible clinical significance, irrespective of relationship to therapy with cefdinir, were seen during clinical trials conducted in the U.S.:Laboratory Value Changes Observed with Cefdinir Capsules U.S. Trials in Adult and Adolescent Patients (N=3841)Incidence ≥1%↑Urine leukocytes2%↑Urine protein 2%↑Gamma-glutamyltransferase *1%↓Lymphocytes, ↑Lymphocytes 1%, 0.2%↑Microhematuria 1%Incidence < 1%but > 0.1%↑Glucose *0.9%↑Urine glucose 0.9%↑White blood cells, ↓White blood cells 0.9%, 0.7%↑Alanine aminotransferase (ALT) 0.7%↑Eosinophils 0.7%↑Urine specific gravity, ↓Urine specific gravity *0.6%, 0.2%↓Bicarbonate 0.6%↑Phosphorus, ↓Phosphorus 0.6%, 0.3%↑Aspartate aminotransferase (AST) 0.4%↑Alkaline phosphatase 0.3%↑Blood urea nitrogen (BUN) 0.3%↓Hemoglobin 0.3%↑Polymorphonuclear neutrophils (PMNs), ↓PMNs 0.3%, 0.2%↑Bilirubin 0.2%↑Lactate dehydrogenase *0.2%↑Platelets 0.2%↑Potassium *0.2%↑Urine pH *0.2%* N < 3841 for these parametersPostmarketing ExperienceThe following adverse experiences and altered laboratory tests, regardless of their relationship to cefdinir, have been reported during extensive postmarketing experience, beginning with approval in Japan in 1991: shock, anaphylaxis with rare cases of fatality, facial and laryngeal edema, feeling of suffocation, serum sickness-like reactions, conjunctivitis, stomatitis, Stevens-Johnson syndrome, toxic epidermal necrolysis, exfoliative dermatitis, erythema multiforme, erythema nodosum, acute hepatitis, cholestasis, fulminant hepatitis, hepatic failure, jaundice, increased amylase, acute enterocolitis, bloody diarrhea, hemorrhagic colitis, melena, pseudomembranous colitis, pancytopenia, granulocytopenia, leukopenia, thrombocytopenia, idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura, hemolytic anemia, acute respiratory failure, asthmatic attack, drug-induced pneumonia, eosinophilic pneumonia, idiopathic interstitial pneumonia, fever, acute renal failure, nephropathy, bleeding tendency, coagulation disorder, disseminated intravascular coagulation, upper GI bleed, peptic ulcer, ileus, loss of consciousness, allergic vasculitis, possible cefdinir-diclofenac interaction, cardiac failure, chest pain, myocardial infarction, hypertension, involuntary movements, and rhabdomyolysis.Cephalosporin Class Adverse Events  The following adverse events and altered laboratory tests have been reported for cephalosporin-class antibiotics in general:Allergic reactions, anaphylaxis, Stevens-Johnson syndrome, erythema multiforme, toxic epidermal necrolysis, renal dysfunction, toxic nephropathy, hepatic dysfunction including cholestasis, aplastic anemia, hemolytic anemia, hemorrhage, false-positive test for urinary glucose, neutropenia, pancytopenia, and agranulocytosis. Pseudomembranous colitis symptoms may begin during or after antibiotic treatment (see WARNINGS).Several cephalosporins have been implicated in triggering seizures, particularly in patients with renal impairment when the dosage was not reduced (see DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATIONand OVERDOSAGE). If seizures associated with drug therapy occur, the drug should be discontinued.Anticonvulsant therapy can be given if clinically indicated.


Information on cefdinir overdosage in humans is not available. In acute rodent toxicity studies, a single oral 5600 mg/kg dose produced no adverse effects. Toxic signs and symptoms following overdosage with other β-lactam antibiotics have included nausea, vomiting, epigastric distress, diarrhea, and convulsions. Hemodialysis removes cefdinir from the body. This may be useful in the event of a serious toxic reaction from overdosage, particularly if renal function is compromised.

Dosage & Administration

(see INDICATIONS AND USAGE for Indicated Pathogens) The recommended dosage and duration of treatment for infections in adults and adolescents are described in the following chart; the total daily dose for all infections is 600 mg. Once-daily dosing for 10 days is as effective as b.i.d. dosing. Once-daily dosing has not been studied in pneumonia or skin infections; therefore, cefdinir capsules should be administered twice daily in these infections. Cefdinir capsules may be taken without regard to meals. Adults and Adolescents (Age 13 Years and Older)Type of InfectionDosageDurationCommunity-Acquired Pneumonia300 mg q12h 10 daysAcute Exacerbations of ChronicBronchitis300 mg q12hor600 mg q24h5 to 10 days10 daysAcute Maxillary Sinusitis 300 mg q12hor600 mg q24h10 days10 daysPharyngitis/Tonsillitis 300 mg q12hor600 mg q24h5 to 10 days10 daysUncomplicated Skin and Skin Structure Infections300 mg q12h 10 daysPatients with Renal InsufficiencyFor adult patients with creatinine clearance < 30 mL/min, the dose of cefdinir should be 300 mg given once daily.Creatinine clearance is difficult to measure in outpatients. However, the following formula may be used to estimate creatinine clearance (CLcr ) in adult patients. For estimates to be valid, serum creatinine levels should reflect steady-state levels of renal function.Males:CLcr =(weight) (140 – age)(72) (serum creatinine)Females:CLcr =0 .8 5 x above valuewhere creatinine clearance is in mL/min, age is in years, weight is in kilograms, and serum creatinine is in mg/dL.1 The following formula may be used to estimate creatinine clearance in pediatric patients:CLcr = K xbody length or heightserum creatininewhere K=0.55 for pediatric patients older than 1 year2 and 0.45 for infants (up to 1 year).3 In the above equation, creatinine clearance is in mL/min/1.73 m2, body length or height is in centimeters, and serum creatinine is in mg/dL. For pediatric patients with a creatinine clearance of < 30 mL/min/1.73 m2, the dose of cefdinir should be 7 mg/kg (up to 300 mg) given once daily.Patients on HemodialysisHemodialysis removes cefdinir from the body. In patients maintained on chronic hemodialysis, the recommended initial dosage regimen is a 300 mg or 7 mg/kg dose every other day. At the conclusion of each hemodialysis session, 300 mg (or 7 mg/kg) should be given. Subsequent doses (300 mg or 7 mg/kg) are then administered every other day.

How Supplied

  • Cefdinir capsules USP, containing 300 mg cefdinir, having off white to light yellow colour granular powder filled in size “0” hard gelatin capsules, blue opaque cap imprinted “A041” with black ink and blue opaque body imprinted “300” with black ink and are supplied as follows: NDC 68788-7987-2 in bottles of 20 capsulesStore at 20 ° to 25°C (68 ° to 77 °F) [See USP Controlled Room Temperature].

Clinical Studies

Community-Acquired Bacterial Pneumo nia In a controlled, double-blind study in adults and adolescents conducted in the U.S., cefdinir b.i.d. was compared with cefaclor 500 mg t.i.d.. Using strict evaluability and microbiologic/clinical response criteria 6 to 14 days posttherapy, the following clinical cure rates, presumptive microbiologic eradication rates, and statistical outcomes were obtained : U.S. Community-Acquired Pneumonia Study Cefdinir vs Cefaclor Cefdinir b.i.d.Cefaclort.i.dOutcomeClinical Cure Rates150 /187 (80 %)147/186 (79 %)Cefdinir equivalent to controlEradication Rates   Overall177/19 5 (9 1%)184 /200 (92%)Cefdinir equivalent to controlS. pneumoniae31/31 (100 %)35/35 (100 %) H. influenzae55/65 (85%)60 /72 (83%) M. catarrhalis10 /10 (100 %)11/11 (100 %) H. parainfluenzae81/89 (91%)78 /82 (95%)   In a second controlled, investigator-blind study in adults and adolescents conducted primarily in Europe, cefdinir b.i.d. was compared with amoxicillin/clavulanate 500/125 mg t.i.d. Using strict evaluability and clinical response criteria 6 to 14 days posttherapy, the following clinical cure rates, presumptive microbiologic eradication rates, and statistical outcomes were obtained:European Community-Acquired Pneumonia Study Cefdinir vs Amoxicillin/Clavulanate Cefdinir b.i.d.Amoxicillin/Clavulanate t.i.d.OutcomeClinical Cure Rates83/104 (80 %)86 /97 (89%)Cefdinir not equivalent to controlEradicatio n Rates   Overall85/96 (89 %)84 /90 (93%)Cefdinir equivalent to controlS. pneumoniae42/44 (95%)43/4 4 (98 %) H. influenzae26 /35 (74 %)21/26 (81%) M. catarrhalis6 /6 (10 0 %)8 /8 (10 0 %) H. parainfluenzae11/11 (10 0 %)12/12 (10 0 %)  Streptococcal Pharyngitis /TonsillitisIn four controlled studies conducted in the United States, cefdinir was compared with 10 days of penicillin in adult, adolescent, and pediatric patients. Two studies (one in adults and adolescents, the other in pediatric patients) compared 10 days of cefdinir q.d. or b.i.d. to penicillin 250 mg or 10 mg/kg q.i.d. Using strict evaluability and microbiologic/clinical response criteria 5 to 10 days posttherapy, the following clinical cure rates, microbiologic eradication rates, and statistical outcomes were obtained:Pharyngitis /Tonsillitis Studies Cefdinir (10 days) vs Penicillin (10 days)StudyEfficacyParameterCefdinir q.d.Cefdinir b.i.d.Penicillin q.i.d.Outco meAdults/ Ado lescentsEradication of S.pyogenes Clinical Cure Rates192/210 (91%)199 /217 (92%)181/217(83%)Cefdinir superior to control199 /210 (95%)209 /217(96 %)193/217(89 %)Cefdinir superior to controlPediatric PatientsEradication of S. pyogenes Clinical Cure Rates215/228(94%)214/227(94%)159/227(70%)Cefdinir superior to control222/228(97%)218/227(96%)196/227(86%)Cefdinir superior to controlTwo studies (one in adults and adolescents, the other in pediatric patients) compared 5 days of cefdinir b.i.d. to 10 days of penicillin 250 mg or 10 mg/kg q.i.d.. Using strict evaluability and microbiologic/clinical response criteria 4 to 10 days post therapy, the following clinical cure rates, microbiologic eradication rates, and statistical outcomes were obtained:Pharyng itis /To nsillitis Studies Cefdinir (5 days ) vs Penicillin (10 days )StudyEfficacyParameterCefdinir b.i.d.Penicillin q.i.d.OutcomeAdults/ AdolescentsEradicatio n o f S. pyogenesClinical Cure Rates193/218 (89%)176 /214 (8 2%)Cefdinir equivalent to control194 /218 (89%)181/214 (85%)Cefdinir equivalent to controlPediatric PatientsEradication of S. pyogenesClinical Cure Rates176 /196 (90%)135/193 (70%)Cefdinir superior to control179 /196 (91%)173/193 (90%)Cefdinir equivalent to control


  • 1.Cockcroft DW, Gault MH. Prediction of creatinine clearance from serum creatinine. Nephron 1976;16:31-41.2.Schwartz GJ, Haycock GB, Edelmann CM, Spitzer A. A simple estimate of glomerular filtration rate in children derived from body length and plasma creatinine. Pediatrics 1976;58:259-63. 3.Schwartz GJ, Feld LG, Langford DJ. A simple estimate of glomerular filtration rate in full-term infants during the first year of life. J Pediatrics 1984;104:849-54. Manufactured by:Alkem Laboratories Ltd.Mumbai – 400 013, INDIADistributed by:Ascend Laboratories, LLC339 Jefferson Road,Parsippany, NJ 07054Revised: 01/2018Repackaged By: Preferred Pharmaceuticals Inc.

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