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Duricef (Cefadroxil Monohydrate)

General information

Duricef (Cefadroxil Monohydrate) is used to treat a wide variety of bacterial infections like;

  • Skin infection
  • Strep throat
  • Urinary tract infections.

This is only indicated for patients with infection caused by susceptible strains of the designated organisms.

This antibiotic only treats bacterial infections. It will not work with viral infections like flu or a common cold. Unnecessary use or overuse of any antibiotic can lead to its decreased effectiveness.


How does Duricef (Cefadroxil Monohydrate) work?

Duricef (Cefadroxil Monohydrate) binds to specific penicillin-binding proteins (PBPs). It is located inside the bacterial cell wall causing the inhibition of thirst and the last stage of bacterial cell wall synthesis. Cell lysis is then mediated b bacterial cell wall autolytic enzymes such s autolysins. It is possible that Cefadroxil interferes with an autolysin inhibitor.

Why use Duricef (Cefadroxil Monohydrate)?

Duricef (Cefadroxil Monohydrate) is a semisynthetic cephalosporin antibiotic intended for oral administration. It is a white to yellowish-white crystalline powder. It is soluble in water and is acid-stable. This is available as 1g film-coated tablets. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved this in the year 2002.


How to use Duricef (Cefadroxil Monohydrate)?

The recommended dosage for this medication is based on your condition and response.

It is usually taken once or twice a day. You may take it with food if a stomach upset occurs. Take this antibiotic at evenly spaced times for the best effects. Take it at the same time each day to help you remember.

Stopping this medication too early may allow bacteria to continue to grow. It may result in a relapse of the infection. Consult your doctor first if you want to stop the medication.

What are the side-effects of Duricef (Cefadroxil Monohydrate)?

  • Nausea
  • Stomach upset or pain
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Joint pain
  • Stiff or tight muscles
  • Unusual or unpleasant taste in your mouth
  • Itching or skin rash
  • Feeling restless or hyperactive
  • Vaginal itching or discharge


Warnings and Precautions

  • Before taking this, discuss with your doctor the risks and benefits of this medication.
  • Let your doctor know if you have any medical history or current medications.
  • Stop taking this and call for medical help if there is an allergic reaction. Inform your doctor if you have any allergies.
  • Do not receive any vaccinations/immunizations while using this drug.
  • During pregnancy, this medication should only be used when clearly needed.
  • Consult your doctor before breastfeeding.
  • Keep this away from moisture and heat.
  • Store at room temperature.