Duricef is an anti-bacterial drug that belongs to the group of cephalosporins. This drug is intended only for the treatment of bacterial infections. The main function of Duricef is to prevent the bacteria cells from replicating.
Duricef fights not only viral and fungal infections. It destroys various kinds of bacterial infections, including urinary tract infections, pain in the throat and skin infections. In addition to the above-mentioned uses, this drug is also used before some dental procedure in the patients with artificial heart valves. It is made to impede an infection related to the surface of the heart.
Before taking the drug
Before taking Duricef, make sure you’re not allergic to any inactive components of this drug. The health conditions interacting with this drug are:
- Pregnancy – Inform your physician if you are pregnant or planning a pregnancy.
- If you have any blood clotting disorders, digestive problems or kidney dysfunction.
- If you had allergy to this drug in the past.
Duricef is available in the following dosages: 250mg and 500mg. It depends on the patient’s health and medical problems. An average recommended dosage is 250mg a day. We advise you to consult a proven health care worker before starting to take this medicine.
Follow the doctor’s prescriptions. Overdose or misuse can reduce the efficiency of this drug. You can take the drug irrespective of the mealtime. However, it is better to take it with meal to prevent stomachache.
The drug dosage also depends on the patient’s health conditions, body weight and age. Therefore, kids and adults should take different dosages.
Skipping a dose/overdose
You should take the skipped dosage as soon as possible. If if it’s time to take the subsequent dosage, you may take only one dose i.e. the planned one. The dosage of more than 250mg in kids under 6 years can cause the overdose, which may require stomach pumping. In any case of overdose, seek immediate medical assistance.
Common adverse effects of Duricef
- Digestive problems
Dangerous adverse effects
- Allergic response
- Change in the color of excretions
- Abdominal pains
- Blood in the urine
- Vaginal secretions
Interactions with other drugs
Duricef can interact with some other drugs. Avoid using this drug if you’re allergic to its main active component Cefadroxil.
To prevent all the above-mentioned risks, consult your doctor before starting to take Duricef. This drug must be used only on the doctor’s prescription. Certain antibiotics reduce the efficiency of contraceptives. Therefore, you should talk to your physician if you’re using any contraceptive methods right now.