cefadroxil, Duricef (Discontinued) (cont.)

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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.

SIDE EFFECTS: Cefadroxil generally is well-tolerated. The most common side effects are:

Patients who have had allergic reactions to other cephalosporins should not take cefadroxil. Additionally, persons allergic to penicillin or one of its derivatives (for example, amoxicillin [Amoxil, Dispermox, Trimox] or ampicillin [Omnipen, Plycillin, Principen]) may also be allergic to cefadroxil, although cefadroxil has been used safely in such patients.

Other important side effects which are serious, but rare include:

  • seizures,
  • severe allergic reactions (anaphylaxis),
  • and reduced platelet or red blood cell counts.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 9/28/2015

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