Cefadroxil belongs to the group of antimicrobial medications designed for regular use. It is a cephalosporin antibiotic which has an effect on the bacterial cell walls. During treatment with this drug, the cell is not formed properly, which leads to its further death.
This medication is used to cure conditions diseased by microorganisms susceptible to the active ingredient of Cefadroxil. Some of the diseases successfully treated by Cefadroxil are the following:
Acute upper respiratory infection and other types of infections.
These pills are contraindicated for pregnant women and for nursing mothers. Even for women who are planning pregnancy in the nearest future this medication is contraindicated as well. Small amounts of Cefadroxil monohydrate can be found in the breast milk, so breastfeeding should be stopped during the treatment.
Also the medication is contraindicated for those patients who have hypersensitivity to Cefadroxil or other cephalosporins, as well as any other component of the drug. If there was an episode of serious allergic reactions to penicillin or other beta-lactams antibiotics, prescription of Cefadroxil is prohibited.
Dosage and Administration
Cefadroxil is taken once or two times a day. The decision on dosage should be made by your doctor, because it depends on the severity of your disease, age and other important factors. The capsules should be used orally regardless of the meal. The drug should be swallowed without chewing and a patient has to drink plenty of fluids after the intake (e.g. a glass of water).
As a result of drug misuse or overuse, the following adverse reactions and symptoms may occur:
Vaginal mycosis or oral candidiasis.
Leukopenia, neutropenia (during prolonged use); very rarely – hemolytic anemia.
Sometimes there were adverse reactions with symptoms of serum sickness; very rarely anaphylactic shock was reported.
Central nervous system: very rarely patients notified about headache, drowsiness, nervousness.
Digestive system: vomiting, diarrhea, dyspepsia, nausea, abdominal pain, glossitis, pseudomembranous colitis.
Hepatobiliary system: sometimes there was cholestasis (bile stasis) and liver failure due to idiosyncrasies; a slight increase in transaminase activity.
Musculoskeletal system and connective tissue: sometimes arthralgia was reported.
Urinary system: interstitial nephritis was rarely reported.
General disorders: fever caused by the drug.
The intake of Сefadroxil may lead to changes in laboratory analyses and tests.
Symptoms of overdose include nausea, clouded consciousness, confusion, coma and renal failure. First aid in case of toxic dose intake includes stomach pumping, hemodialysis, induced vomiting, monitoring and, if this is necessary, correction of fluid balance. If you think that there is an overdose with this drug, you should go to the hospital and get professional medical care.