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Cefadroxil should be used with caution in: patients who are allergic (hypersensitive) to penicillins or other drugs; patients with history of severe allergies or asthma; patients who have severe kidney disease; patients who have intestinal disease (colitis).

It should not be used by people who are allergic (hypersensitive) to cefadroxil or other cephalosporins.

Also see list of precautions and interactions.


Store below 30°C.


What is it used for?

  • Cefadroxil is used to treat a number of bacterial infections.
  • It is a member of a class of drugs called broad spectrum antibiotics, and specifically it is a cephalosporin-type antibiotic.
  • It is used to stop the growth of bacteria.
  • In general this drug is used to treat infections caused by bacteria.
  • Benefits of being on this drug can include the control or prevention of bacterial infections that may otherwise be harmful.

Listed below are the typical uses of cefadroxil:

On occasion your doctor may prescribe this medicine to treat a condition not on the above list.


How often do I take it?

  • Take this medication by mouth, usually once or twice daily as directed by your doctor. This medication is available as capsules and may be taken with or without food. This medication can be taken with food if you find it upsets your stomach.
  • Use this medication for the duration of the prescription in order to get the most benefit from it.
  • Remember to use it at the same time each day - unless specifically told otherwise by your doctor.
  • It may take some time before the full benefit of this drug takes effect.
  • Certain medical conditions may require different dosage instructions as directed by your doctor.

What dose?

  • Dosage is based on your age, gender, medical condition, response to therapy, and use of certain interacting medicines.

Do I need to avoid anything?

  • If you are using the contraceptive pill, you normally do not need to use extra precautions such as condoms during the course of this antibiotic, unless you are sick or have diarrhoea. Consult your doctor or pharmacist for more details.

When can I stop?

  • Always complete the full course as prescribed by your doctor.


If any of these persist or you consider them severe then inform doctor or pharmacist.

Tell your doctor immediately if you develop any of the following symptoms: abdominal or stomach pain/cramping; persistent nausea/vomiting; yellowing eyes or skin; dark urine; new signs of infection (e.g., persistent sore throat or fever); easy bruising/bleeding; change in the amount of urine; persistent diarrhoea; blood/mucus in your stool.

Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.

A serious allergic reaction to this drug is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of a serious allergic reaction include: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), dizziness, trouble breathing.

This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

The Yellow Card Scheme allows you to report suspected side effects from any type of medicine (which includes vaccines, herbals and over the counter medicines) that you are taking. It is run by the medicines safety watchdog called the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory agency (MHRA). Please report any suspected side effect on the Yellow Card Scheme website.


Before taking cefadroxil, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to other cephalosporin-type antibiotics; or if you have any other allergies.

This medication should not be used if you have certain medical conditions. Before using this medicine, consult your doctor or pharmacist in case of: allergy to cefadroxil or to penicillins or other cephalosporins; or if you have any other allergies.

Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially any of the following: severe kidney disease; a history of gastro-intestinal disturbances particularly colitis (inflammation of the colon).

Before having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist that you are taking this medication.

Does alcohol intake affect this drug?

  • Alcohol is not known to affect this drug.

The elderly: cefadroxil should be used with caution in the elderly if they have decreased kidney function as the kidneys are responsible for removing this drug from the body.

Pregnancy and breastfeeding - please ensure you read the detailed information below


Cefadroxil is suitable to take during pregnancy, although caution should be exercised. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before taking medication.

It is sensible to limit use of medication during pregnancy whenever possible. However, your doctor may decide that the benefits outweigh the risks in individual circumstances and after a careful assessment of your specific health situation.

If you have any doubts or concerns you are advised to discuss the medicine with your doctor or pharmacist.


Cefadroxil is suitable to take if you are breastfeeding. However, caution should be taken when cefadroxil is administered to breastfeeding women as it is excreted in breast milk. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before taking medication.

It is sensible to limit use of medication during breastfeeding whenever possible. However, your doctor may decide that the benefits outweigh the risks in individual circumstances and after a careful assessment of your specific health situation.

If you have any doubts or concerns you are advised to discuss the medicine with your doctor or pharmacist.


Before using this medicine, tell your prescriber of all the medicines you are taking including prescription medicines and medicines you have bought over the counter without a prescription. Tell your prescriber if you are taking vitamins or complementary remedies such as herbal products, as these can also interact with medicines.

If you are taking more than one medicine, these may interact with each other. Your prescriber may decide to use medicines which interact with each other if the benefit outweighs the risks. In these cases, the dose of your medicines may need to be adjusted or you may be monitored more closely.

The following medicines may interact with cefadroxil:

  • Antibiotics which inhibit bacterial growth, such as tetracycline, erythromycin and sulfonamides, chloramphenicol. Concomitant use should be avoided, since an antagonistic effect is possible
  • Aminoglycoside antibiotics (e.g. gentamycin), polymyxin B, colistin or diuretics. Using these medicines at the same time as cefadroxil should be avoided, since such combinations can potentiate nephrotoxic effects
  • Anticoagulants (medicines used to thin the blood)
  • Probenicid
  • Oral contraceptives
  • Cholestyramine

This information does not contain all possible interactions. Therefore, tell your prescriber of all the products you are using before taking this medicine.

If you have a question or want to discuss anything about your medicine, speak to your local pharmacist.


No clinical reports are available on the symptoms of cefadroxil overdose, however experience with other cephalosporins suggest the following symptoms are possible: nausea; hallucinations; hyperreflexia (such as twitching or muscle spasms); extrapyramidal symptoms (inability to initiate movement or remain motionless); clouded consciousness; rarely coma and renal functional impairment.

If you think you, or someone you care for, might have accidentally taken more than the recommended dose of cefadroxil or intentional overdose is suspected, contact your local hospital, GP or if in England call 111. In Scotland call NHS 24. In Wales, call NHS Direct Wales. In the case of medical emergencies, always dial 999.


If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember. If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not double the dose to catch up.

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