Duricef

(cefadroxil)

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Treats bacterial infections.

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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.

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Quick facts about Duricef
  • Drug class: Infection
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (cefadroxil)

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.
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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).
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How it works

Duricef (cefadroxil) is an antibiotic. It kills bacteria by preventing them from making their own protective covering.

Quick facts about Duricef
  • Drug class: Infection
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (cefadroxil)

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  • Liquid
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What to expect when you take Duricef (cefadroxil) for Bacterial infection

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  • Possible side effects
  • Diarrhea
  • Upset stomach
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Allergic reaction
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Side effect rates for Duricef (cefadroxil)

Risks and Warnings for Duricef (cefadroxil)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • History of penicillin allergy

    If you've had an allergic reaction from taking penicillin-type antibiotics, such as trouble breathing, or swelling in your face and neck, let your doctor know before taking this. Duricef (cefadroxil) may not be right for you and your doctor can prescribe another antibiotic.

Common concerns from people taking Duricef (cefadroxil)

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Food
  • Take with or without food.
  • Can be taken with or without food.
  • If you're taking blood thinners, let your doctor know. Duricef (cefadroxil) can interact with your medicines and make you more likely to bleed.
Kidneys and liver
  • Duricef (cefadroxil) gets removed from the body through your kidneys. If your kidneys are not working well it's hard to completely remove Duricef (cefadroxil) from your body. This could cause more problems to your kidneys. If you have a history of kidney problems, talk to your doctor to see if this drug may be right for you.