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What is this medication?

Antibiotic, Cephalosporin (First Generation)

Cefadroxil is indicated for the treatment of skin and soft tissue infections, group A Streptococcal pharyngitis, urinary tract infection.

How does this medication work? 

Cefadroxil is an antibiotic drug that inhibits cell wall synthesis by binding to one or more of the penicillin-binding proteins (PBPs) which in turn inhibit the final transpeptidation step of peptidoglycan synthesis in bacterial cell walls.

How should I take this medication? 

Oral: Take 500mg every 12 hours or 1000mg once daily.

How to Take: Take around-the-clock to cause less of a variance in the peak and trough serum levels.  Can take with or without food.

What should I watch for while using this medication? 

Before starting Cefadroxil, make sure your physician is aware of any allergies or medications you currently take.  Prolonged use of Cefadroxil can result in fungal or bacterial superinfection, including C. difficile-associated diarrhea (CDAD) and pseudomembranous colitis.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose of medication, try to take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, take only that scheduled dose. Do not take double or extra doses.

How should I store this medication?

Keep out of the reach of children at all times. Store at room temperature, 59 to 86° F (15 to 30° C). Protect from light. Keep the container tightly closed. Properly dispose of any unused medication after the expiration date.

What are the possible side effects of using this medication?


Note this is not a complete list of side effects for Cefadroxil, only common ones.