Cefadroxil
DESCRIPTION

Cefadroxil is a cephalosporin antibiotic used to treat bacterial infections in various parts of the body.

How It Works

Cefadroxil belongs to a class of drugs known as cephalosporin antibiotics. These antibiotics are almost completely absorbed by the digestive system and are readily available throughout the body to fight bacteria. Cefadroxil can disrupt the process of bacteria that leads to the formation of a cell wall. Bacteria affected by this antibiotic can only build a very weak cell wall, which soon collapses spilling content of the cell resulting in cell death.

Uses

Cefadroxil is usually prescribed to treat various strains of bacteria that infect the skin, throat, urinary tract and reproductive organs. Cefadroxil may be prescribed for urinary tract infections, tonsillitis, and strep throat.

Cefadroxil is prescribed to treat infections in patients who have severe allergic reaction to penicillin. Cefadroxil is also the go-to antibiotic treatment for people who suffer from heart conditions. Cefadroxil can decrease the chance of these patients from developing an infection in the valves of the heart.

Antibiotics like Cefadroxil have no effect on virus infections that result in the common cold and the flu. Do not use Cefadroxil for these conditions as you risk getting a bacterial infection that is resistant to antibiotic treatment.

Antibiotics such as Cefadroxil will not answer for flu, colds, or other viral infections. Using antibiotics when they are not required increases threat of getting an infection later that resists antibiotic treatment.

Cefadroxil is available in tablet, capsule, and liquid suspension form.

Dosage

Dosage of Cefadroxil will vary depending on your unique condition. Your doctor will prescribe you the correct dosage based on the type of infection affecting you, body weight, age and medical history.

Cefadroxil is usually taken with 12 or 24 hour intervals. You may be required to take Cefadroxil twice a day or once a day for a certain period of time. Follow the dosage requirements and schedule exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not change the dosage without explicit instructions from your doctor.

Taking Cefadroxil in higher doses could lead to a worsening of side effects.

Do not break or crush Cefadroxil tablets or capsules. They should be swallowed whole. When taking the oral liquid, shake the bottle well before use.

Side Effects

Cefadroxil is known to cause the following side effects:

Diarrhea
Vomiting
Genital itching

If the above side effects gets worse or persist for days, call your doctor and get medical attention.

Precautions

Do not take this antibiotic if you are allergic to it or are known to be allergic to similar medications.

Ask your doctor if Cefadroxil is safe to take with other prescription and nonprescription medications you may be taking.

Do not take Cefadroxil if pregnant or breastfeeding without medical advice.

If you have has a gastrointestinal disease in the past, like colitis or kidney disease, Cefadroxil may not be safe for you in regular doses.

Self-Care

If Cefadroxil causes stomach upset, you can take the dose with some food.

Do not stop the treatment early even if symptoms disappear. Follow through the full treatment plan to prevent another outbreak of the infection.

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