Duricef (Cefadroxil)

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Cefadroxil 500mg

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Manufactured by: Teva Pharmaceuticals
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Cefadroxil 500mg
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Duricef (Cefadroxil) Dosage and Side Effects

DURICEF is used to treat many different types of infections caused by bacteria.

Proper Use of this medication

Take this medication for the entire length of time prescribed by your doctor. Your symptoms may get better before the infection is completely treated. DURICEF will not treat a viral infection such as the common cold or flu.

DURICEF can be taken on an empty stomach or with food or milk if it causes stomach upset.

Shake the liquid form of DURICEF well before measuring a dose. To ensure that you get a correct dose, measure the suspension with a dose-measuring spoon or cup, not a regular table spoon. If you do not have a dose-measuring device, ask your pharmacist where you can get one.

This medication can cause you to have false results with certain medical tests, including urine glucose (sugar) tests. Tell any doctor who treats you that you are using DURICEF.

Store the tablets and capsules at room temperature away from moisture and heat.

Store DURICEF oral liquid in the refrigerator. Do not allow it to freeze. Throw away any unused medication that is older than 14 days.

Seek emergency medical attention if you think you have used too much of this medicine.

Symptoms of a DURICEF overdose are not known.

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.

Side Effects

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.

Warnings and Precautions

Do not take this medication if you are allergic to DURICEF, 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.

Take this medication for the entire length of time prescribed by your doctor. Your symptoms may get better before the infection is completely treated. DURICEF will not treat a viral infection such as the common cold or flu.

Antibiotic medicines can cause diarrhea, which may be a sign of a new infection. If you have diarrhea that is watery or has blood in it, call your doctor. Do not use any medicine to stop the diarrhea unless your doctor has told you to.

Do not take this medication if you are allergic to DURICEF or to other cephalosporin antibiotics, such as:

  • cefaclor (Raniclor);
  • cefazolin (Ancef);
  • cefdinir (Omnicef);
  • cefditoren (Spectracef);
  • cefpodoxime (Vantin);
  • cefprozil (Cefzil);
  • ceftibuten (Cedax);
  • cefuroxime (Ceftin);
  • cephalexin (Keflex); or
  • cephradine (Velosef); and others.

Before taking DURICEF, tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs (especially penicillins), or if you have:

  • kidney disease; or
  • a history of intestinal problems, such as colitis.

If you have any of these conditions, you may need a dose adjustment or special tests to safely take DURICEF.

The DURICEF suspension (liquid) contains sucrose. Talk to your doctor before using this form of DURICEF if you have diabetes.

This medication is not expected to be harmful to an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment.

DURICEF may pass into breast milk and could harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

Interactions with this medication

Antibiotic medicines can cause diarrhea, which may be a sign of a new infection. If you have diarrhea that is watery or has blood in it, call your doctor. Do not use any medicine to stop the diarrhea unless your doctor has told you to.

There may be other drugs that can interact with DURICEF. 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.

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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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