Cefadroxil review

Cefadroxil is a broad spectrum antibiotic that acts against an extensive variety of bacteria, including Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria. It belongs to a group of drugs called cephalosporin antibiotics which are used to treat many different types of bacterial infections.

Distributed under the brand name, Duricef, Cefadroxil is normally prescribed for the treatment of mild to moderate infections. However, it is not effective against viral infections like colds or the flu. Cefadroxil is also sometimes used as an antibiotic prophylaxis during dental procedures.

Cefadroxil acts through fast absorption in the gastrointestinal tract, even when taken with food. It travels throughout the body’s tissues and fluids to seek out traces of bacterial infection.

Before taking this medication, patients should inform their doctor whether they are allergic to penicillin and other types of antibiotics. If patients have a history of kidney disease, or any stomach or gastrointestinal tract disorder like colitis, they are advised to tell their doctor, as well. These conditions preclude the use of Cefadroxil, or require a different dosage and frequent monitoring while under medication.

It is also important for patients to inform their doctor if they have diabetes. Cefadroxil in liquid form (suspension) contains sucrose, which may aggravate symptoms of diabetes. Although this drug is not considered harmful to unborn babies, it is still important to let the doctor know if the patient is pregnant, or has plans to become pregnant during the course of treatment.

Patients should also inform their doctor of other of any other prescription or over-the-counter medications, including vitamin and herbal product intake, as these may have adverse results when taken with Cefadroxil. It may even lessen the drug’s healing effect.

Cefadroxil is characterized by its fast absorbing action, and may indirectly affect breastmilk, causing harm to infants. Female patients should tell their doctor if they are breastfeeding before starting Cefadroxil use.

As symptoms of an infection usually clear before the bacteria is completely eradicated, Cefadroxil should be taken according to the prescribed length of time ordered by the doctor. This is to prevent a recurrence of the same infection in the future.

Antibiotics can generally cause diarrhea, which is usually a sign of a new infection. However, if the diarrhea is exceptionally watery or contains blood in it, patients should call their doctor and refrain from taking any medication for the diarrhea unless given medical advice to do so.

Other side effects of Cefadroxil include an upset stomach, mild nausea, joint pain, and vaginal itching or discharge. However, if the drug causes the patient to break out in hives, have breathing difficulties or result in a swelling of the face and mouth area, emergency medical attention should be sought immediately.

In some cases, Cefadroxil can also cause extreme blistering and peeling, a red skin rash, fever and chills, throat soreness and flu symptoms, unexplained bleeding or bruising, nausea and loss of appetite, jaundice, dark urine and grey-colored stools, and even seizures. These side effects are serious in nature and should be reported to the doctor as soon as possible.

Cefadroxil is taken as prescribed, usually with a full glass of water or milk. The liquid form of the drug should be measured with a measuring spoon or cup to obtain the correct dose. Cefadroxil should be taken at regular intervals during the prescribed period of time for the best treatment results.

Cefadroxil has the following structural formula:

Chemical structure of cefadroxil

• Molecular formula of cefadroxil is C16H17N3O5S
• Chemical IUPAC Name is 7-[[2-amino-2-(4-hydroxyphenyl)acetyl]amino]-3-methyl-8-oxo-5-thia-1- azabicyclo[4.2.0]oct-2-ene-2-carboxylic acid
• Molecular weight is 363.3883 g/mol
Cefadroxil available : 250mg tablets, 500mg tablets

Brand name(s): Baxan, Bidocef, Cefa-Drops, Cefamox, Cefradroxil, Cephos, Duracef, Kefroxil, Oracefal, Sedral, Sumacef, Ultracef

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