Duricef

Generic name: Cefadroxil monohydrate.

Other brand names: Ultracef.

Duricef is a cephalosporin antibiotic. It interferes with the production of certain biochemicals necessary for bacteria to sustain life. 

Quick Facts About Duricef

Purpose

Used to treat nose, throat, urinary tract, and skin infections caused by bacteria such as staph, strep, and E. coli.

Duricef Dosage

Take exactly as prescribed, finishing the entire prescription.

  • Usual adult dose: for uncomplicated urinary tract infections — 1 to 2 grams per day as a single dose or 2 smaller doses. For other urinary tract infections, 2 grams per day taken in 2 doses. For skin and skin structure infections — 1 gram per day as a single dose or 2 smaller doses. For throat infections — strep throat and tonsillitis — 1 gram per day as a single dose or 2 smaller doses for 10 days. Seniors — may be prescribed reduced dose.
  • Usual child dose: for urinary tract and skin infections — 30 milligrams per 2.2 pounds of body weight per day, divided into 2 doses taken every 12 hours. For throat infections — 30 milligrams per 2.2 pounds of body weight as a single dose or 2 smaller doses. Take up to 10 days for strep throat
  • Missed dose: take as soon as possible. If taking 1 dose per day — take next dose 10 to 12 hours after missed dose, then return to regular schedule. If taking 2 doses per day — take next dose 5 to 6 hours after missed dose, then return to regular schedule. If taking 3 doses per day — take next dose 2 to 4 hours after missed dose, then return to regular schedule.

Duricef Side Effects

Overdose symptoms:

generally safe; however, large amounts may cause seizures or side effects. If you suspect an overdose, immediately seek medical attention.

Most common side effect: diarrhea.

Less common or rare Duricef side effects: inflammation of the bowel (colitis), nausea, redness and swelling of skin, skin rash and itching, vaginal inflammation, vomiting.

Interactions

No significant Duricef drug interactions reported.

No known food/other substance interactions. 

Special Cautions

If pregnant or planning to become pregnant inform your doctor immediately. May appear in breast milk; could affect a nursing infant

Seniors may be prescribed reduced dose.

Follow doctor’s instructions carefully for children.

  • Inform your doctor before taking Duricef if allergic to penicillin or cephalosporin antibiotics; reaction may be very severe.
  • If you experience allergies to drugs or often have diarrhea when taking other antibiotics, tell your doctor before taking Duricef.
  • Use with caution if you have a history of colitis or other gastrointestinal disease.
  • Monitor for development of secondary infection.

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