Compare Duricef vs. Spectracef

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

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Duricef (cefadroxil)

Prescription only

Spectracef (cefditoren)

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.

Spectracef (cefditoren) is good for treating many bacterial infections and it works best if you take the full course without stopping.

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.
  • Spectracef (cefditoren) can be taken with birth control pills.
  • People usually have few side effects when taking Spectracef (cefditoren).
  • Spectracef (cefditoren) is available as a generic.
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).
  • Spectracef (cefditoren) can interact with blood thinners and make you more likely to bleed.
  • You can't take Spectracef (cefditoren) and antacids at the same time. Your pharmacist can help you figure out when the best time to take your antacids is.
  • If you're diabetic, Spectracef (cefditoren) can cause a false positive result if you're using Clinitest to measure your urine sugar levels. Talk to your doctor about alternative urine sugar tests.
  • Spectracef (cefditoren) can also affect other lab test so let your physicians know that you're taking Spectracef (cefditoren).
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Side effects
The Duricef (cefadroxil) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
The Spectracef (cefditoren) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
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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  • Risk of bleeding
    • Poor nutritional state
    • Prolonged treatment
    • Liver disease
    • Kidney disease
    • Anticoagulant therapy
  • Penicillin allergy
    • History of penicillin allergy
  • New infection
    • Taking Spectracef (cefditoren) for a long time
  • Milk protein allergy
  • Low carnitine levels
    • Carnitine deficiency
    • Kidney damage
    • Kidney disease
    • Low muscle mass
  • Diarrhea
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