Cefadroxil is an antibiotic. It is used to treat certain bacterial infections of the throat, skin or bladder.
Take Cefadroxil exactly as directed by your doctor or according to the instructions on the label. Do not take more or less than instructed by your doctor.
You may take Cefadroxil with or without food. Take it with meals to reduce stomach discomfort.
If you are taking tablets or capsules, do not divide, chew or crush the tablet or capsule. Swallow it whole with water.
If you are taking the oral suspension, shake the bottle well before you take it to ensure that the liquid is evenly mixed. Use the measuring spoon or cup provided to measure your dose.
Take Cefadroxil at regular intervals as instructed. Continue to take it even when you feel better. Do not stop taking it unless instructed by the doctor.
Do not skip any doses. You must complete the entire course of antibiotic. If you don't, the infection will not clear completely.
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your normal dosing schedule.
DO NOT double a dose under any circumstances.
If you often forget to take your medicine, let your doctor and pharmacist know.
Alert your doctor if you have a history of allergic reactions (rash, breathlessness, swollen mouth or eyes) to similar antibiotics such as cefalexin, cefuroxime, cefixime, ceftibuten or any other cephalosporin antibiotics.
Alert your doctor if you are allergic to penicillin antibiotics, for example, amoxicillin, ampicillin and cloxacillin. Penicillins are related to cephalosporins and if you are allergic to one, you may be allergic to the other too.
Inform your doctor if you have kidney or bowel disease, especially colitis (inflammation of the colon).
Let your doctor know if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Cefadroxil may cause any of the following side effects: diarrhoea, nausea, vomiting and stomach discomfort.
Some side effects may need immediate medical help. Alert your doctor quickly if you experience frequent and persistent sore throat with fever, unusual bleeding or bruising and rashes with peeling of the skin or blistering of the lips, mouth or eyes accompanied by fever.
If you develop rashes, breathlessness, swollen mouth or eyes, stop the medicine and inform your doctor quickly. These could be signs of an allergic reaction.
Inform your doctor if any of these side effects do not go away or are severe, or if you experience other side effects.
Inform your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any of these medicines:
- other antibiotics e.g. erythromycin, chloramphenicol
- water pills e.g. furosemide
- warfarin (blood-thinning medicine)
This list does not include all medicines that may interact with Cefadroxil.
Cefadroxil should not be taken at the same time as colestyramine. Colestyramine could reduce the effectiveness of this medicine when taken at the same time. If you are taking colestyramine, take Cefadroxil at least 4 hours after you have taken colestyramine.
Always notify your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal medicines such as traditional Chinese medicines, supplements and medicines that you buy without a prescription.
Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children.
Refrigerate the oral suspension (between 2-8°C) once you have mixed the powder with water. Do not freeze it otherwise it will become less effective. Throw away any unused portion after 14 days.
Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.