cefadroxil, Duricef (Discontinued) (cont.)
Omudhome Ogbru, PharmD
Omudhome Ogbru, PharmD
Dr. Ogbru received his Doctorate in Pharmacy from the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy in 1995. He completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at the University of Arizona/University Medical Center in 1996. He was a Professor of Pharmacy Practice and a Regional Clerkship Coordinator for the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy from 1996-99.
Medical and Pharmacy Editor:
STORAGE: Cefadroxil should be stored at room temperature, 15-30 C (59-86 F). Once mixed, the suspension should be refrigerated and discarded after 14 days.
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.
DOSING: The recommended adult dose for treating pharyngitis, skin and skin structure infections, and tonsillitis is 1 gram daily as a single dose or in two divided doses.
The dose for urinary tract infections is 2 grams once daily or in two divided doses.
The dose for preventing endocarditis is 2 grams given one hour before a procedure.
The recommended dose for children is 30 mg/kg/day as a single dose or two divided doses.
PREGNANCY: There are no adequate studies of cefadroxil in pregnant women.
NURSING MOTHERS: Cefadroxil is secreted in breast milk.
SIDE EFFECTS: Cefadroxil generally is well-tolerated. The most common side effects are diarrhea or loose stools, nausea, abdominal pain, vomiting, and rash. 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.
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