Cefadroxil (By mouth)
Treats bacterial infections. This medicine is a cephalosporin antibiotic.
There may be other brand names for this medicine.
When This Medicine Should Not Be Used
You should not use this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to any cephalosporin medicine such a Keflex®, Ceclor®, Velosef®, or Suprax®.
How to Use This Medicine
Tablet, Capsule, Liquid
- Your doctor will tell you how much to take and how often.
- You may take your medicine with food to avoid an upset stomach.
- Shake the oral liquid well each time you use it.
- Carefully measure the oral liquid dose with a measuring spoon or medicine cup.
- Keep taking your medicine until your doctor tells you to stop, even if you feel better. If you stop taking the medicine too soon, your infection may come back.
If a dose is missed:
- Take the missed dose as soon as possible.
- If it is almost time for your next regular dose, wait until then to take the medicine and skip the missed dose.
- You should not use two doses at the same time.
How to Store and Dispose of This Medicine
- Store tablets and capsules at room temperature away from heat, moisture, and light.
- You may keep the oral liquid in the refrigerator for 14 days. After that, throw away any unused liquid. Do not freeze.
- Keep all medicine out of the reach of children.
Drugs and Foods to Avoid
Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
- Make sure your doctor knows if you are taking birth control pills or probenecid (Benemid® or ColBENEMID®) while taking cefadroxil.
Warnings While Using This Medicine
- Before taking this medicine, let your doctor know if you have ever had an allergic reaction to penicillin or if you have kidney disease.
- If you have severe diarrhea while taking this medicine, check with your doctor before taking medicine to stop the diarrhea.
- Cefadroxil may cause incorrect results with some tests used by patients with diabetes to check for sugar in urine.
- If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, talk to your doctor before taking this medicine.
Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine
Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:
- Rash or hives
- Swelling of the face, throat, or lips
- Wheezing or trouble breathing
- Severe diarrhea (watery or bloody)
- Severe vomiting or stomach pain
- Blistering or peeling skin
If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
- Mild diarrhea
- Sore mouth or tongue
- Vaginal itching or discharge
- Joint aches and pains
If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088
- Last Reviewed on 06/12/2013
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This page was last updated: September 18, 2013