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cefadroxil Side Effects
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
- allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
- breathing problems
- fever or chills
- redness, blistering, peeling or loosening of the skin, including inside the mouth
- severe or watery diarrhea
- sore throat
- swollen joints
- trouble passing urine or change in the amount of urine
- unusually weak or tired
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
- gas or heartburn
- nausea, vomiting
cefadroxil May Interact with Other Medications
- other antibiotics
How to Use cefadroxil
Take this medicine by mouth. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Shake well before using. Use a specially marked spoon or container to measure your medicine. Ask your pharmacist if you do not have one because household spoons are not accurate. You can take the medicine with or without food. If it upsets your stomach it may help to take it with food. Take your doses at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed. Finish all the medicine you are prescribed even if you think your infection is better.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed. Cefadroxil has been used in children as young as 1 month old.
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
- bleeding problems
- kidney disease
- stomach or intestine problems (especially colitis)
- an unusual or allergic reaction to cefadroxil, other cephalosporin antibiotics, penicillin, penicillamine, other foods, dyes or preservatives
- pregnant or trying to get pregnant
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses. There should be an interval of at least 6 hours between doses.
Tell your doctor or health care professional if your symptoms do not get better in a few days.
If you are diabetic you may get a false-positive result for sugar in your urine. Check with your doctor or health care professional before you change your diet or the dose of your diabetes medicine.
Keep out of the reach of children.
Store in a refrigerator between 2 and 8 degrees C (36 and 46 degrees F). Do not freeze. Throw away any unused medicine after 14 days.
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Last Updated: March 23, 2009