October 22, 2014
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Apo-Cefadroxil

(cefadroxil)

DIN (Drug Identification Number)

02240774 APO-CEFADROXIL 500MG CAPSULE

How does Apo-Cefadroxil work? What will it do for me?

Cefadroxil is an antibiotic that belongs to the family of medications known as cephalosporins. It is used to treat infections caused by certain bacteria. It helps to kill or control the growth of bacteria that may cause infections of the lung, throat, skin, or bladder.

Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. As well, some forms of this medication may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are taking this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor.

Do not give this medication to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to take this medication if their doctor has not prescribed it.

How should I use Apo-Cefadroxil?

The exact dose of cefadroxil depends on the condition being treated.

The recommended adult dose of cefadroxil is 1 g to 2 g daily in one dose or divided into 2 doses. The recommended dose for children is 30 mg per kilogram of body weight daily, divided into 2 doses.

It may be taken with or without food; taking it with food may reduce the chances of stomach upset.

Finish all of this medication, even you start to feel better. This will reduce the chance of the infection returning.

Many things can affect the dose of medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are taking the medication without consulting your doctor.

It is important to take this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you miss a dose, take it as soon as possible and continue with your regular schedule. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.

Store this medication at room temperature and keep it out of the reach of children.

Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.





What form(s) does Apo-Cefadroxil come in?

Each white and maroon No. 0 capsule, imprinted "APO 500", contains cefadroxil 500 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: colloidal silicon dioxide, croscarmellose sodium stearic acid, talc, FD&C Blue No. 1, FD&C Red No. 40, gelatin, grey ink, silicon dioxide, sodium lauryl sulphate, titanium dioxide, and edible grey ink.

Who should NOT take Apo-Cefadroxil?

Cefadroxil should not be taken by anyone who:

  • is allergic to cefadroxil or to any of the ingredients of the medication
  • is allergic to any of the cephalosporin antibiotics

People allergic to penicillin should take this medication with caution as they have an increased risk of being allergic to cephalosporin antibiotics.

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