GENERIC NAME: cefadroxil
DISCONTINUED BRAND: Duricef
DRUG CLASS AND MECHANISM: Cefadroxil is an oral antibiotic in the cephalosporin family of drugs, a family that includes cephalexin (Keflex), cefaclor (Ceclor), cefuroxime (Zinacef), cefpodoxime (Vantin), cefixime (Suprax), and many other injectable antibiotics. Cephalosporins stop bacteria from multiplying by preventing bacteria from forming the walls that surround them. The walls are necessary to protect bacteria from their environment and to keep the contents of the bacterial cell together. Bacteria cannot survive without a cell wall. Cephalosporins are most effective when bacteria are actively multiplying and forming cell walls. Cefadroxil is active against many bacteria, including Staphylococcus aureus, Streptococcus pneumoniae, Streptococcus pyogenes, Moraxella catarrhalis, E. coli, Klebsiella, and Proteus mirabilis. The FDA approved cefadroxil in 1977.
PRESCRIBED FOR: Cefadroxil is used for treating infections of the urinary tract, skin and soft-tissue, throat (pharyngitis), and tonsils (tonsillitis) caused by bacteria that are susceptible to its effects. It also is used for prevention of infection of the inner layer of the heart (endocarditis) due to surgical procedures.
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