Cefadroxil is in a group of drugs called cephalosporin antibiotics. It works by fighting bacteria in your body. Cefadroxil is used in the treatment of impetigo; kidney infections; bacterial endocarditis prevention; urinary tract infection; upper respiratory tract infection and more.
Cefadroxil is a first-generation cephalosporin antibacterial drug that is the para-hydroxy derivative of cefalexin, and is used similarly in the treatment of mild to moderate susceptible infections such as the bacterium Streptococcus pyogenes, causing the disease popularly called strep throat or Streptococcal tonsillitis, urinary tract infection, reproductive tract infection and skin infections.
Take this medication exactly as it was prescribed for you. Do not take the medication in larger amounts, or take it for longer than recommended by your doctor. Follow the directions on your prescription label.
Take this medicine with a full glass of water.
Take this medication for the entire length of time prescribed by your doctor. Your symptoms may get better before the infection is completely treated. Cefadroxil will not treat a viral infection such as the common cold or flu.
Cefadroxil can be taken on an empty stomach or with food or milk if it causes stomach upset.
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:
- diarrhea that is watery or bloody;
- fever, chills, body aches, flu symptoms;
- unusual bleeding or bruising;
- seizure (convulsions);
- pale or yellowed skin, dark colored urine, fever, confusion or weakness;
- jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes);
- fever, swollen glands, rash or itching, joint pain, or general ill feeling;
- fever, sore throat, and headache with a severe blistering, peeling, and red skin rash; or
- increased thirst, loss of appetite, swelling, weight gain, feeling short of breath, urinating less than usual or not at all.
Less serious side effects may include:
- nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, mild diarrhea;
- stiff or tight muscles;
- joint pain;
- feeling restless or hyperactive;
- unusual or unpleasant taste in your mouth;
- mild itching or skin rash; or
- vaginal itching or discharge.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur.
Do not take this medication if you are allergic to Cefadroxil , or to similar antibiotics, such as Ceftin, Cefzil, Keflex, Omnicef, and others.
Before taking this medication, tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs (especially penicillin).
Also tell your doctor if you have kidney disease or a history of intestinal problems.
There may be other drugs that can interact with Cefadroxil. Tell your doctor about all the prescription and over-the-counter medications you use. This includes vitamins, minerals, herbal products, and drugs prescribed by other doctors. Do not start taking a new medication without telling your doctor.
Take the medication as soon as you remember the missed dose. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and use the medicine at your next regularly scheduled time. Do not use extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
Store the tablets at room temperature away from moisture and heat.