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Cefadroxil 500mg Capsules

Active Ingredient:
cefadroxil monohydrate
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Last updated on emc: 29 Sep 2020
1. Name of the medicinal product

Cefadroxil 500 mg Capsules

2. Qualitative and quantitative composition

One capsule contains 500 mg of cefadroxil (as monohydrate).

For the full list of excipients, see section 6.1

3. Pharmaceutical form

Capsules, hard

Description: white, opaque capsule containing white to slightly yellowish powder.

4. Clinical particulars
4.1 Therapeutic indications

Treatment of following infections caused by cefadroxil-susceptible organisms (see section 5.1), when an oral therapy is indicated:

- Streptococcal pharyngitis and tonsillitis

- Bronchopneumonia, bacterial pneumonia

- Uncomplicated urinary tract infections: pyelonephritis, cystitis

- Skin and soft tissue infections: abscesses, furunculosis, impetigo, erysipelas, pyoderma, lymphadenitis

Consideration should be given to official local guidance regarding the appropriate use of antibacterial agents.

4.2 Posology and method of administration


The dosage depends on the susceptibility of the pathogens, the severity of the disease and on the clinical status of the patient (renal and hepatic function).


Adults and adolescents > 40 kg with normal renal function

Children (< 40 kg) with normal renal function

Streptococcal pharyngitis / tonsillitis

Dosage may be decreased to 1000 mg once a day over at least 10 days

30 mg/kg/day once a day over at least 10 days

Bronchopneumonia, bacterial pneumonia

1000 mg twice a day

30-50 mg/kg/day divided into two daily doses

Urinary tract infections

1000 mg twice a day

30-50 mg/kg/day divided into two daily doses

Skin & soft tissue infections

1000 mg twice a day

30-50 mg/kg/day divided into two daily doses

Children may benefit of increased posology up to 100 mg/kg/day.

Depending on the severity of the infection, adults may require increased posology. The dosage maximum is 4 g per day.Chronic urinary tract infection may require a prolonged and intensive treatment with continued testing of susceptibility and clinical monitoring.

Cefadroxil 500 mg capsules is not recommended for infants and children under 6 years. For younger children and children with a body weight < 40 kg, liquid oral forms (Cefadroxil 250 mg/ 5 ml or 500 mg/ 5 ml suspension) are available.

Renal impairment:

The dosage should be adjusted according to creatinine clearance rates to prevent accumulation of cefadroxil. In patients with creatinine clearance of 50 ml/min or less, the following reduced dosage schedule is recommended as a guideline for adults:

Creatinine clearance

(ml/ min/ 1.73 m2)

Serum Creatinine (mg/100ml)

Initial dose

Following dose

Dosage interval

50 - 25

1.4 – 2.5

1000 mg

500 mg – 1000 mg

every 12 hours

25 - 10

2.5 – 5.6

1000 mg

500 mg – 1000 mg

every 24 hours

10 - 0

> 5.6

1000 mg

500 mg – 1000 mg

every 36 hours

Children (< 40 kg) with renal impairment:

Cefadroxil is not indicated in children suffering from renal insufficiency and children requiring haemodialysis.

Dosage for haemodialysis patients:

Haemodialysis eliminates 63% of 1000 mg of cephalosporin after 6 to 8 hours of haemodialysis. Elimination half-time of cephalosporin is about 3 hours during dialysis.

Patients with haemodialysis receive one additional dose of 500 mg - 1000 mg at the end of the haemodialysis.

Hepatic impairment:

No adjustment of posology is necessary.


As cefadroxil is excreted by renal route, the dosage should be adjusted if necessary as described under impaired renal function.

Mode of administration

Bioavailability is not affected by food and cefadroxil may be taken with meals or on an empty stomach. In case of gastro-intestinal disturbances, it may be administered with food.

The capsules are taken unchewed with a liberal quantity of fluid.

Duration of therapy

Treatment should be applied for 2 to 3 further days after regression of the acute clinical symptoms or evidence of bacterial eradication has been obtained. In infections caused by Streptococcus pyogenes up to 10 days treatment may be considered.

4.3 Contraindications

- Hypersensitivity to cefadroxil, to any of the cephalosporins or to any of the excipients listed in section 6.1.

- History of severe reactions to penicillins or to any other beta-lactam drugs.

4.4 Special warnings and precautions for use

- Cefadroxil does not penetrate in the CSF and is not indicated for the treatment of meningitis (see section 5.2).

- Penicillin is the first drug of choice for the treatment of the Streptococcus pyogenes and for the prevention of rheumatic fever. Data for cefadroxil are not sufficiently substantial for prophylaxis therapy.

- Special caution should be exercised in patients with history of severe allergies or asthma.

- In patients with a history of non severe hypersensitity to penicillins, or other non-cephalosporin beta – lactam drugs, cefadroxil should be used with special caution as cross allergies occur (incidence 5-10%).

- Renal impairment. Caution is necessary in patients with renal impairment; the dosage must be adjusted according to the grade of renal impairment (see section 4.2).

- History of gastro-intestinal disturbances. Cefadroxil should be used with caution in patients with a history of gastro-intestinal disturbances, particularly colitis.

- The occurrence of diarrhoea may impair the resorption of other medicaments and therefore lead to an impairment of their efficacy.

- Allergic reactions. Treatment must be discontinued at once if allergic reactions occur (urticaria, exanthema, pruritus, fall of blood pressure and increased heart rate, respiratory disturbances, collapse, etc.) and suitable countermeasures should be taken (sympathomimetics, corticosteroids and/or antihistaminics).

- Prolonged use. Particularly on prolonged use frequent checks on the blood count and regular hepatic and renal function tests are advisable. Superinfections with fungi (e.g. candida) can occur on prolonged treatment with cefadroxil.

- In case of severe and persistent diarrhoea, an antibiotic-associated pseudomembranous colitis should be considered. In that case Cefadroxil must be discontinued immediately and a suitable therapy should be started (e.g. oral vancomycin, 250 mg q.i.d.). Antiperistaltics are contraindicated.

- Severe life-threatening infections or those which require higher posology or repetitive administrations per day may benefit of parenteral cephalosporins.

- The result of the Coombs' test can be transiently positive during or after treatment with cefadroxil. This also applies to Coombs' tests carried out in newborns whose mothers received treatment with cephalosporins before delivery.

- Forced diuresis leads to a decrease of cefadroxil blood levels.

- Urinary sugar should be determined enzymatically (e.g. with test strips) during treatment with cefadroxil since reduction tests can furnish falsely elevated values.

- Cefadroxil contains sodium

This medicinal product contains less than 1 mmol (23 mg) sodium per hard capsule, that is to say essentially 'sodium-free'.

4.5 Interaction with other medicinal products and other forms of interaction

Contraindication of concomitant use

- Cefadroxil should not be combined with bacteriostatic antibiotics (e.g. tetracycline, erythromycin, sulfonamides, chloramphenicol) since an antagonistic effect is possible.

- Treatment with cefadroxil in combination with aminoglycoside antibiotics, polymyxin B, colistin or high-dose loop diuretics should be avoided since such combinations can potentiate nephrotoxic effects.

Concomitant use not recommended

- Frequent checks on coagulation parameters are necessary during concomitant longterm use of anticoagulants or thrombocyte aggregation inhibitors to avoid haemorrhagic complications.


- Cefadroxil binds to cholestyramine which may lead to reduced bioavailability of cefadroxil.

- The concomitant administration of probenecid reduces the renal elimination of cefadroxil; therefore, plasma concentrations of cefadroxil may be increased when given in combination with probenecid.


4.6 Fertility, pregnancy and lactation


Although animal studies and clinical experience have not shown any evidence of teratogenicity, the safe use during pregnancy has not been established.


Cefadroxil is present in low concentrations in breast milk; sensitization, diarrhoea or colonization of the infants' mucosa with fungi are possible.

The use of cefadroxil during pregnancy and in lactating mothers should therefore be handled very strictly.

4.7 Effects on ability to drive and use machines

Cefadroxil may cause headache, dizziness, nervousness, sleeplessness and fatigue, therefore the ability to drive and use machines may be influenced (see section 4.8).

4.8 Undesirable effects

The adverse events are ranked under headings of frequency, using the following convention:

very common (≥ 1/10); common (≥ 1/100 to < 1/10); uncommon (≥ 1/1,000 to < 1/100); rare (≥ 1/10,000 to < 1/1,000); very rare (< 1/10,000), not known (cannot be estimated form the available data).

Adverse drug reactions occur in about 6% to 7%* of treated patients.

System Organ Class


≥ 1/100 to <1/10


≥ 1/1,000 to <1/100


≥ 1/10,000 to <1/1,000

Very rare


Infections and infestations

Clinical pictures due to a growth of opportunistic organisms (fungi), such as vaginal mycoses, thrush (see section 4.4).

Blood and lymphatic system disorders

Eosinophilia, thrombocytopenia, leucopenia, neutropenia, agranulocytosis: rare cases during prolonged used, which subside upon discontinuation of therapy.

Haemolytic anemia of immunologic origin.

Immune system disorders

Serum sickness-like reactions.

Immediate allergic reaction (anaphylactic shock) (see section 4.4).

Nervous system disorders

Headache, sleeplessness, dizziness, nervousness.

Gastrointestinal disorders

Nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, dyspepsia, abdominal pain, glossitis (see section 4.4).

Pseudomenbranous colitis has been reported (may range in severity from mild to life threatening) (see section 4.4).

Hepatobiliary disorders

Cholestase and idiosyncratic hepatic failure have been reported.

Minor elevation of serum transaminases (ASAT, ALAT) and alcaline phosphatases.

Skin and subcutaneous tissue disorders

Pruritus, rash, allergic exanthema, urticaria.

Angioneurotic edema.

Stevens Johnson syndrom and erythema multiforma have been reported.

Musculoskeletal and connective tissue disorders


Renal and urinary disorders

Interstitial nephritis (see section 4.4).

General disorders and administration site conditions

Drug fever.



Direct and indirect positive Coombs tests (see section 4.4).

*incidence of suspected adverse reactions in an observational post-marketing study in 904 patients.

Reporting of suspected adverse reactions

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4.9 Overdose

No clinical reports are as yet available on cefadroxil in this respect. However in view of experience gained with other cephalosporins the following symptoms are possible: nausea, hallucinations, hyperreflexia, extrapyramidal symptoms, clouded consciousness, or even coma and renal functional impairment. First aid after intake of toxic doses: induce vomiting at once or gastric lavage, if necessary haemodialysis. Monitor and if necessary correct the water and electrolyte balance, monitor renal function.

5. Pharmacological properties
5.1 Pharmacodynamic properties

ATC classification

ATC-Code: J01DB05

Pharmacotherapeutic group: Other beta-lactam antibacterials. First generation cephalosporins.

Mode of action

Cefadroxil is a cephalosporin for oral administration which inhibits bacterial wall synthesis of actively dividing cells by binding to one or more penicillin-binding proteins. The result is formation of a defective cell wall that is osmotically unstable, and bacterial cell lysis.

Mechanisms of resistance

Cefadroxil may be active against organisms producing some types of beta-lactamase, for example TEM-1, in low to moderate quantities. However, it is inactivated by beta-lactamases that can efficiently hydrolyse cephalosporins, such as many of the extended-spectrum beta-lactamases and chromosomal cephalosporinases, such as AmpC type enzymes.

Cefadroxil cannot be expected to be active against bacteria with penicillin-binding proteins that have reduced affinity for beta-lactam drugs. Resistance may also be mediated by bacterial impermeability or by bacterial drug efflux pumps. More than one of these four means of resistance may be present in the same organism.

In vitro, oral first generation cephalosporins are less active than penicillins G and V on Gram-positive microorganisms and are less active than aminopenicillins on H. influenzae.


The following breakpoint recommendations for cefadroxil according to the European Committee on Antimicrobial Susceptibly Testing (EUCAST) have been defined (Breakpoint tables for interpretation of MICs and zone diameters, Version 1.0, December 2009):


(EUCAST Clinical Breakpoint Table)

MIC breakpoints

S ≤

R >

Enterobacteriaceae (uncomplicated UTI only)



Staphylococcus spp.



Streptococcus groups A, B, C, and G



Non-species related breakpoints



Note1: Susceptibility of staphylococci to cephalosporins is inferred from the methicillin susceptibility except for ceftazidime and cefixime and ceftibuten, which do not have breakpoints and should not be used for staphylococcal infections.

Note2: The beta-lactam susceptibility of beta-haemolytic streptococci groups A, B, C and G is inferred from the penicillin susceptibility.

IE: indicates that there is insufficient evidence that the species in question is a good target for therapy with the drug.


The prevalence of resistance may vary geographically and with time for selected species and local information on resistance is desirable, particularly when treating severe infections. As necessary, expert advice should be sought when the local prevalence of resistance is such, that the utility of the agent in at least some types of infections is questionable.


Commonly susceptible species

Gram-positive aerobes

Streptococci Group B, C and G

Streptococcus pyogenes *

Gram-negative aerobes

Moraxella catarrhalis *

Species for which acquired resistance may be a problem

Gram-positive aerobes

Staphylococcus aureus (methicillin-susceptible) *

Staphylococcus epidermidis

Streptococcus pneumoniae *

Gram-negative aerobes

Citrobacter diversus$ Escherichia coli $ Haemophilus influenza $ Klebsiella pneumoniae$ Klebsiella oxytoca$ Proteus mirabilis* $

Inherently resistant species

Gram-positive aerobes

Enterococcus spp.

Staphylococcus aureus (methicillin-resistant)

Staphylococcus epidermidis (methicillin-resistant)

Streptococcus pneumoniae (penicillin-resistant)

Gram-negative aerobes

Acinetobacter spp.

Citrobacter freundii

Enterobacter spp.

Morganella morganii

Proteus vulgaris

Providencia rettgeri

Providencia stuartii

Pseudomonas aeruginosa

Serratia marcescens

Other species

Chlamydia spp

Mykoplasma spp

Legionella spp

* Clinical efficacy has been demonstrated for susceptible isolates in approved clinical indications

$ Species with natural intermediate susceptibility

5.2 Pharmacokinetic properties


After oral administration cefadroxil is practically completely absorbed. Simultaneous intake of food has practically no effect on absorption (AUC).


After oral doses of 500 mg (1000 mg) peak plasma concentrations of about 16 (30) μ g/ml are obtained after 1-1,3 hours. Between 18 and 20% of cefadroxil is bound to plasma proteins. Cephalosporins do not penetrate in the CSF and should not be used for treatment of meningitis (see section 4.1)


Cefadroxil is not metabolised.


Cefadroxil is eliminated far more slowly than comparable oral cephalosporins (half life: about 1,4 h to 2,6 h) so that intervals between doses can be prolonged to 12-24 hours. Roughly 90% of the substance is eliminated in unchanged form through the kidneys within 24 hours. Cefadroxil may be eliminated from the organism through haemodialysis.

Characteristics in patients with reduced creatinine clearance, a sign for renal functional impairment

Elimination is retarded, so that interval between doses must be prolonged (see section 4.2).

5.3 Preclinical safety data

Pre-clinical data reveal no special hazard for humans based on conventional studies of repeated dose toxicity, genotoxicity and toxicity to reproduction.

6. Pharmaceutical particulars
6.1 List of excipients

Magnesium stearate

Sodium lauryl sulfate

Cellulose, microcrystalline

Titanium dioxide (E-171)


6.2 Incompatibilities

Not applicable.

6.3 Shelf life

3 years

6.4 Special precautions for storage

Store in the original package.

6.5 Nature and contents of container

Single packs of 10, 12, 14, 16, 20, 30, 40 and 100 (100 x 1) capsules

Hospital packs of 100 (10 x 10) and 1000 (100 x 10) capsules

in polyvinylchloride/polyvinylidene (PVC/PVDC)-Alu-blister strips

Not all pack sizes may be marketed.

6.6 Special precautions for disposal and other handling

No special requirements.

7. Marketing authorisation holder

Sandoz Limited

Park View, Riverside Way

Watchmoor Park

Camberley, Surrey

GU15 3YL

United Kingdom

8. Marketing authorisation number(s)

PL 04416/0433

9. Date of first authorisation/renewal of the authorisation

Date of first authorisation: 16 February 1995

Date of last renewal: 01 April 2005

10. Date of revision of the text


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