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Cefadroxil is a prescription medication used to treat infections of the urinary tract, skin, and
throat. Cefadroxil belongs to a group of drugs called cephalosporin antibiotics. These work to kill
bacteria. This medication comes as an oral (by mouth) tablet, capsule, and liquid (suspension). It is
usually taken 1 to 2 times a day, with or without food. If Cefadroxil causes an upset stomach, take
Cefadroxil with food or milk. Common side effects of Cefadroxil include nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.
Cefadroxil is acid-stable and may be administered orally without regard to meals. Administration with
food may be helpful in diminishing potential gastrointestinal complaints occasionally associated with
oral cephalosporin therapy.
Urinary Tract Infections: For uncomplicated lower urinary tract infections (i.e., cystitis) the usual
dosage is 1 or 2 g per day in a single (q.d.) or divided doses (b.i.d.).
For all other urinary tract infections the usual dosage is 2 g per day in divided doses (b.i.d.).
Skin and Skin Structure Infections: For skin and skin structure infections the usual dosage is 1 g per
day in single (q.d.) or divided doses (b.i.d.).
Pharyngitis and Tonsillitis: Treatment of group A beta-hemolytic streptococcal pharyngitis and
tonsillitis—1 g per day in single (q.d.) or divided doses (b.i.d.) for 10 days.
If the patient misses a dose, the dose should be taken as soon as it is remembered. Doses thereafter
should then be evenly spaced with approximately 4-6 hours between doses, depending on the prescription
dosing. Patients should not make up a missed dose by doubling up on their medication. Taking double
doses will not speed recovery time, either. Taking doses close together or self administering a double
dose is likely to cause an overdose which may lead to other health complications. An overdose may cause
nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, dehydration, and abdominal cramps and requires immediate medical assessment.
Store Cefadroxil suspension in the refrigerator, between 36 and 46 degrees F (2 and 8 degrees C). Do not
freeze. Throw away any unused medicine after 14 days. Keep Cefadroxil suspension out of the reach of
children and away from pets.