Compare Duricef vs. Cipro

Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.

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Duricef (cefadroxil)

Prescription only

Cipro (ciprofloxacin)

Prescription only
Treats bacterial infections.

Duricef (cefadroxil) is good for treating many bacterial infections and is available as a generic. However, if you're taking blood thinners, you could be more likely to bleed.

Treats bacterial infections.

Cipro (ciprofloxacin) is a good, cheap antibiotic that treats many types of bacterial infections, but it interacts with some food and drugs.

3.8/ 5 average rating with 755 reviewsforCipro
Upsides
  • Duricef (cefadroxil) is available as a generic.
  • Available in different forms: tablet, capsule, and suspension.
  • Used to treat many types of bacterial infections.
  • Can be taken with or without food.
  • Generally few side effects compared with other antibiotics.
  • Cipro (ciprofloxacin) is available in generic.
  • Cipro (ciprofloxacin) comes in different forms, including intravenous (IV) injection.
Downsides
  • If you're taking blood thinners, let your doctor know. Duricef (cefadroxil) can interact with your medicines and make you more likely to bleed.
  • May not be a good option if you have colitis or other digestive tract problems. Ask your doctor.
  • Duricef (cefadroxil) can also affect certain lab tests, let all your healthcare providers know that you're on Duricef (cefadroxil).
  • Cipro (ciprofloxacin) should be used with caution if you have kidney problems.
  • If you drink caffeine while on Cipro (ciprofloxacin), you may notice increased effects of the caffeine.
  • Some bacteria have developed resistance to Cipro (ciprofloxacin).
  • Cipro (ciprofloxacin) can interact with many other medications. Tell your doctor and pharmacist what medications, over-the-counter products, and supplements you are taking before starting Cipro (ciprofloxacin).
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Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Liquid
  • Pill
  • Liquid
  • Injection
  • Extended release pill
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Reviews
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63%
saidit'sworth it
53%
saiditworked well
17%
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Side effects
The Duricef (cefadroxil) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
2possible side effects
  • Nausea
    3%
  • Diarrhea
    2%
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Risks and risk factors
  • Penicillin allergy
    • History of penicillin allergy
  • New infection
    • Taking Duricef (cefadroxil) for a long time
  • Kidney problems
    • Kidney problems
    • Kidney disease
    • Hemodialysis
  • Diarrhea
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  • Tendon rupture
    • People over age 60
    • Taking steroid medicine
    • Those with kidney, heart, or lung transplants
  • Myasthenia gravis
    • Myasthenia gravis
  • Diarrhea
  • Nerve damage
  • Central nervous system effects
    • Central nervous system disorders
    • Seizures
  • Heart rhythm problems
    • Use with other QT prolonging drugs
    • History of heart disease
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