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General Information
 
Uses
 
What should I know before taking this drug
 
Precautions
 
Dosage information
  
Adverse reactions
 
Storage
 
Additional information if any
 

Cedroxin tab (Claris)
Cefadrox cap (Aristo)

Cefadroxil is a prescription drug available from your pharmacy store only with the prescription of a qualified medical practitioner.

Cefadroxil is pronounced as: SEF a DROX il

Cefadroxil is an antibacterial drug belonging to 1st generation Cephalosporin (SEF a low spor in) group of antibiotics.

Cefadroxil is used in the treatment of

  • Skin infections, 
  • Uncomplicated Urinary tract infection (UTI), 
  • Pharyngitis, laryngitis and tonsillitis.
  • Take Cefadroxil exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you do not understand these instruction ask your doctor, pharmacist or nurse to explain them to you.
  • Take oral dose of cefadroxil with one glass of water preferably with meals.
  • Cefadroxil should be taken regularly as prescribed by your doctor to attain maximum benefit. 
  • Do not skip any doses. Continue to take it even when you feel better.
  • You must complete the entire course of medication to get maximum benefit; else the infection will not clear completely and in due course result in development of resistance.
  • Always remember to inform your health expert if you are currently taking any OTC or prescription drugs like
    1. Probenecid
    2. Oral Anticoagulants like warfarin
  • Inform your doctor if you are allergic to other penicillin drugs (e.g. amoxicillin, carbenicillin) and Cephalosporin drugs (cephelexin, cephaloridin) as it may cause allergic reaction in these patients.
  • Inform your doctor if you have following medical conditions as cefadroxil should be used cautiously in the below mentioned conditions
    1. Kidney disease
    2. Inflammation of bowel (colitis)

If you are allergic ( rash, itching, difficulty breathing, swelling of face lips) to any other cephalosporin antibiotics do not take it.

Children:

Old people:
Pregnant woman: Cefadroxil belongs to FDA pregnancy category B. This means that cefadroxil is safe during pregnancy and is not expected to cause any harm to the unborn baby. Always inform your doctor if you are pregnant or are planning for conception.

Lactating women: It is not known whether cefadroxil passes into breast milk or if it could harm the baby. Do not take cefadroxil with out first talking to doctor if you are breast feeding baby.
 
Other:
 

Cefadroxil is available as tablet, dispersible tablet, capsule, suspension, injection. Your doctor will prescribe them depending on the severity of the disease.

Use as directed by your physician, your physician prescribes depending on the severity of disease. Use the complete course of medication as prescribed by your physician even though you feel better after one or two days of usage of medication. For detailed dosage information, consult your doctor who will prescribe you depending on the severity of the disease.

If it is almost the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not take two doses at same time to cover up the missed dose.
 

In case of overdose contact your nearest poison control centre or emergency medical centre for immediate care by physician.
The overdose symptoms of Cefadroxil are not known.

What are the common side effects of cefadroxil?

Cefadroxil may causes following side effects like

  • Mild Diarrhoea 
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Itching and vaginal discharge
  • Oral thrush
  • Abdominal pain

Consult your doctor immediately if notice following symptoms.

  • Allergic reaction like swollen lips, hives, difficulty in breathing, rashes. Peeling of skin etc
  • Decrease in the amount of urine passed
  • Easy bruising or bleeding
  • Severe diarrhoea
  • Blood or mucus in the stools

Store cefadroxil at room temp (15 – 30 degrees C). Avoid excessive heat, moisture or direct sunlight, never store in the bathroom.
Keep it out of reach of children. Make sure that any leftover portion is disposed off safely.

  • Cefadrxil works only against bacteria it does not cure viral infections like flu or common cold.
  • Antibiotics may cause diarrhoea. Consult your doctor immediately if it is very severe as it could be a sign of new infection or pseudo membranous colitis.
  • Cefadroxil may cause false positive in urine sugar. If you are diabetic and taking cefadroxil medications inform lab personnel prior to the test.
  • Absorption of cefadroxil is reduced by antacids; if you are taking antacids take 2 hours before or 2 hours after taking cefadroxil.
It is imp to read manufacturing packaging instruction carefully if available and always do not hesitate to consult pharmacist or physician for any information.

Written by: Healthplus24 team
Date: Feb28th,09