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Duricef (Generic Cefadroxil)

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Why is this medication prescribed?

Duricef, also known as cefadroxil, is a type of antibiotic medication prescribed to treat various bacterial infections. It belongs to the class of medications known as cephalosporin antibiotics. Duricef is commonly used to treat infections such as urinary tract infections, skin infections, respiratory tract infections, and certain types of bacterial throat infections.

How should this medicine be used?

The dosage and duration of Duricef treatment can vary depending on the type and severity of the infection being treated, as well as the individual’s age and medical history. It’s essential to follow your healthcare provider’s instructions and take the medication exactly as prescribed.

Typically, Duricef is taken orally, with or without food. It’s important to take the medication with a full glass of water to help prevent stomach upset. It’s essential to complete the full course of treatment prescribed by your doctor, even if you start feeling better before the medication is finished. Stopping the medication early may allow the infection to return or worsen.

If you have any questions or concerns about how to use Duricef, be sure to discuss them with your healthcare provider or pharmacist for clarification and guidance.

Other uses for this medicine

Duricef (cefadroxil) may be prescribed for various bacterial infections beyond its primary indications, but it’s crucial to only use it under the guidance of a healthcare professional. Some off-label uses may include treating certain types of ear infections, sinus infections, and other bacterial infections not specifically listed in the medication’s official prescribing information.

What special precautions should I follow?

Regarding special precautions for Duricef, here are some key points to consider:

  • Allergies: Inform your healthcare provider if you have a known allergy to cephalosporin antibiotics or any other medications.
  • Kidney Function: If you have impaired kidney function or are undergoing dialysis, your doctor may adjust the dosage of Duricef or monitor you closely while you’re taking it.
  • Pregnancy and Breastfeeding: It’s essential to inform your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, as the safety of Duricef during pregnancy and lactation hasn’t been thoroughly established.
  • Drug Interactions: Duricef may interact with certain medications or substances, so it’s crucial to inform your healthcare provider about all the medications, supplements, and herbs you are currently taking.
  • Incomplete Treatment: Finish the prescribed course of Duricef even if you start to feel better, unless otherwise directed by your healthcare provider. Not completing the full course of antibiotics can lead to the development of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
  • Side Effects: Be aware of potential side effects, which may include diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, rash, and allergic reactions. If you experience severe or persistent side effects, contact your doctor.

Always follow your healthcare provider’s instructions and take Duricef exactly as prescribed to maximize its effectiveness and minimize the risk of side effects and antibiotic resistance.

What special dietary instructions should I follow?

Duricef can generally be taken with or without food. However, if you experience stomach upset, taking it with food or milk may help alleviate gastrointestinal symptoms.

What should I do if I forget a dose?

If you forget to take a dose of Duricef, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one.

What side effects can this medication cause?

Duricef (cefadroxil) is generally well-tolerated, but like any medication, it can cause side effects in some people. Common side effects of Duricef may include:

  • Gastrointestinal Disturbances: Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal pain are among the most common side effects. Taking Duricef with food or milk can help reduce these symptoms.
  • Allergic Reactions: Some individuals may experience allergic reactions, which can range from mild skin rash to more severe reactions like itching, hives, swelling of the face or throat, difficulty breathing, and anaphylaxis. If you experience any signs of an allergic reaction, seek medical attention immediately.
  • Yeast Infections: Duricef can disrupt the normal balance of bacteria in the body, leading to overgrowth of yeast (Candida) and causing symptoms such as vaginal itching, discharge, or oral thrush (white patches in the mouth).
  • Skin Reactions: Skin rash, itching, and hives may occur in some individuals taking Duricef. Serious skin reactions such as Stevens-Johnson syndrome or toxic epidermal necrolysis are rare but can be life-threatening.
  • Blood Disorders: In rare cases, Duricef may cause changes in blood cell counts, including decreased white blood cell count (leukopenia), decreased platelet count (thrombocytopenia), or hemolytic anemia.
  • Kidney Effects: Duricef can rarely cause kidney-related side effects such as interstitial nephritis or acute kidney injury. Individuals with pre-existing kidney problems may be at higher risk.
  • Liver Effects: Elevated liver enzymes and liver dysfunction have been reported in some patients taking Duricef, although these are rare.
  • Superinfections: Prolonged use of Duricef can lead to the growth of resistant bacteria or fungi, resulting in superinfections. Watch for signs of new infections or worsening of existing infections while taking Duricef.

It’s important to note that not everyone will experience these side effects, and some individuals may experience side effects not listed here. If you have concerns about any side effects while taking Duricef, contact your healthcare provider for guidance. They can provide personalized advice and may adjust your treatment as needed.

What should I know about storage and disposal of this medication?

Storage and Disposal of Duricef (Cefadroxil)


  • Oral Suspension:
    • Store the powder form at room temperature, away from moisture and heat.
    • After mixing, store the suspension in the refrigerator. Do not freeze it.
    • Discard any unused portion after 14 days.
  • Capsules/Tablets:
    • Store at room temperature, away from light and moisture.
    • Keep in a tightly closed container.


  • Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so.
  • Use a medication take-back program if available.
  • If no take-back program is available, mix the medication with an unpalatable substance (e.g., dirt, cat litter, coffee grounds), place the mixture in a container (e.g., sealed plastic bag), and throw the container in the household trash.

In case of emergency/overdose

  • Symptoms of Overdose: May include severe nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, diarrhea, and seizures.
  • Immediate Action: Call emergency services or your local poison control center immediately. If the person is unconscious or having a seizure, call 911 immediately. Provide supportive measures as necessary (e.g., breathing support, intravenous fluids).

What other information should I know?

Drug Interactions:

  • Inform your doctor about all medications, supplements, and herbal products you are taking to avoid potential interactions.
  • Some drugs that may interact with Duricef include other antibiotics, blood thinners (e.g., warfarin), and live bacterial vaccines.

Side Effects:

  • Common side effects: Diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and stomach pain.
  • Serious side effects: Severe allergic reactions (rash, itching, swelling, severe dizziness, trouble breathing), Clostridium difficile-associated diarrhea, and kidney issues.


  • Inform your doctor if you have any allergies, especially to cephalosporins or penicillins.
  • Discuss your medical history, particularly of kidney disease, intestinal disease (e.g., colitis), or a history of severe allergic reactions.
  • Use of this medication may result in false-positive results with certain diabetic urine testing products.

Missed Dose:

  • Take the missed dose as soon as you remember.
  • If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose.
  • Do not double the dose to catch up.

Pregnancy and Breastfeeding:

  • Inform your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
  • Duricef should only be used during pregnancy if clearly needed.
  • It does pass into breast milk, so consult your doctor before breastfeeding.

Administration Tips:

  • Follow the dosage instructions exactly as prescribed by your doctor.
  • Take with or without food, but taking it with food may help reduce stomach upset.
  • Ensure to complete the full course of treatment, even if you start to feel better, to prevent the development of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

Always consult your healthcare provider for more personalized information and guidance regarding the use of Duricef.

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