Compare Duricef vs. Vantin

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

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Duricef (cefadroxil)

Prescription only

Vantin (cefpodoxime)

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.

Vantin (cefpodoxime) 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.
  • Used to treat many types of bacterial infections.
  • Available in two different forms: tablet and liquid suspension.
  • People usually have few side effects when taking it.
  • Vantin (cefpodoxime) is available as a generic.
  • The suspension may be taken with or without food.
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).
  • If you're on blood thinners, let your doctor know. Vantin (cefpodoxime) can interact with your medications and make you more likely to bleed.
  • You can't take antacids within 2 hours of this drug.
  • Vantin (cefpodoxime) can affect certain lab tests, let all your healthcare providers know that you're taking Vantin (cefpodoxime).
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Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Liquid
  • Pill
  • Liquid
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Side effects
The Duricef (cefadroxil) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
5possible side effects
  • Diarrhea
    7%
  • Nausea
    3%
  • Diaper rash/fungal skin rash
    2%
  • Other skin rashes
    2%
  • Vomiting
    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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  • Diarrhea
  • Allergic reaction
    • Allergy to antibiotics
  • New infection
    • Taking Vantin (cefpodoxime) for a long time
  • Kidney problems
    • Kidney problems
    • Kidney disease
    • Hemodialysis
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