Duricef antibiotic prescription available online 

If you are suffering from a bacterial infection, Duricef can help. Get a new prescription today from a board-certified doctor online.*

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Treats a variety of bacterial infections

Available as a capsule, tablet, or powder for suspension

Follow full course for effective bacterial infection treatment

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About Duricef (cefadroxil)

Duricef belongs to a class of drugs called cephalosporin antibiotics, which kill bacteria and prevent bacterial growth in the body. Like other antibiotics, duricef is ineffective against colds, flu, and viral infections.

Duricef treats bacterial infections, including skin, throat, and urinary tract infections. Duricef is available only by prescription. It's available in a generic formulation under different brand names, including cefadroxil.

Duricef may be prescribed as a capsule, tablet, or powder for suspension. It's always important to follow the specific instructions on your prescription, as they can vary based on the formulation and dosage prescribed.

If you're prescribed Duricef, complete the entire course of the cephalosporin antibiotic unless your doctor specifically tells you to stop. If you don’t complete your prescription, the antibiotic treatment may not fully treat your bacterial infection.

Duricef (cefadroxil) uses

There are several FDA-approved uses for cefadroxil.

Your PlushCare doctor may prescribe cefadroxil for the following reasons or other reasons not listed here. Ask your healthcare professional or pharmacist if you have questions about why a medication is prescribed.

  • Skin infections

    Cefadroxil is FDA-approved to treat skin and skin structure infections caused by staphylococci and/or streptococci bacteria.

  • Urinary tract infections (UTIs)

    Cefadroxil is FDA-approved to treat urinary tract infections caused by E. coli, P. mirabilis, and Klebsiella bacteria. Cefadroxil is ineffective in treating other urinary tract infections.

  • Pharyngitis/tonsillitis

    Cefadroxil is FDA-approved to treat pharyngitis and tonsillitis caused by Streptococcus pyogenes (Group A beta-hemolytic streptococci).

Duricef (cefadroxil) side effects

  • The side effects associated with taking Duricef are typically mild. Most Duricef side effects are associated with mild diarrhea.

    Duricef has some common side effects. They may include:

    • Stomach cramps

    • Nausea

    • Vaginal discharge or itching

    Other side effects, which are less common but might be more severe, could include:

    • Severe stomach pain

    • Prolonged or repeated periods of diarrhea

    • Allergic reaction

    Tell your doctor if you notice any of these side effects or develop other new or concerning symptoms.

How to take Duricef antibiotic medication

Your doctor will provide you with instructions on how to take your Duricef prescription. Be sure to read your prescription label and follow the instructions. Call your doctor if you have any questions.

Duricef can come in different forms and doses, so follow the specific instructions on your prescription.

What to avoid while taking Duricef antibiotic (interactions)

Duricef has 25 drug interactions. Don’t change what you are taking without checking with your healthcare professional. That includes other medications, supplements, and other drugs.

Your doctor may recommend specific lab tests to check your response to cefadroxil. Possible drug interactions with cefadroxil include:

Duricef does not interact with alcohol. However, drinking alcohol can make it harder for your body to fight bacterial infections and worsen your symptoms.

Duricef prescription FAQs

  • How much does Duricef cost?

    Depending on your pharmacy, Duricef costs around $19 for 500 mg (5 mL) oral suspension. Fortunately, generic brands, such as cefadroxil, offer an affordable alternative.

  • Who should not take cefadroxil?

    Avoid taking cefadroxil if you have certain medical conditions, such as:

    • Gastrointestinal disease, including colitis

    • Diarrhea

    • Kidney disease

    • Markedly impaired renal function

    • Allergic reactions to antibiotics

  • Is Duricef a penicillin drug?

    Yes, Duricef (cefadroxil) is a penicillin drug. Avoid taking cefadroxil if you have a penicillin allergy.

  • Should I take cefadroxil with food?

    You can take cefadroxil with or without food. Taking the medication with food may help you avoid stomach cramps and nausea.

  • What happens if I miss a dose of Duricef?

    If you miss a dose of Duricef, take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it's almost time for your next dose. Avoid taking two doses to make up for a missed dose.

  • What happens if I take too much Duricef?

    If you've taken too much Duricef, call your doctor, local poison control center, or provincial poison control center (for Canadian residents). If you have serious symptoms, such as difficulty breathing, seek emergency medical help.

3 simple steps to request your Duricef prescription today

Step 1: Book an appointment

Step 1

Book a Duricef prescription request appointment.

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Step 2: Visit with a doctor on your smartphone

Step 2

Talk to your medical provider regarding your Duricef prescription.

Visit with a doctor on your smartphone or computer.

Step 3: pick up at local pharmacy

Step 3

Pick up your Duricef prescription.

We can send prescriptions to any local pharmacy.

How to talk to your doctor about Duricef for bacterial infections: helpful questions to ask

It's important to feel informed about all your treatment options, especially when dealing with an infection. At PlushCare, we prioritize open communication and ensuring you have the information you need to manage your health effectively. If you're considering Duricef (cefadroxil) as a treatment option, here are some questions that may be helpful to discuss with your doctor:

  • How long does it typically take for an infection to improve with Duricef?

  • Is there a chance this infection won’t respond to this treatment due to antibiotic resistance?

  • If the infection isn’t improving, what are the next steps?

  • Will Duricef interact with any of my other current medications or supplements?

  • What should I do if I experience negative side effects?

  • Are there any foods, drinks or supplements to avoid while taking Duricef?

  • Can I take painkillers alongside this medication?

  • When should I schedule a follow up appointment?

Duricef prescription pricing details

How pricing works

To get a new or refill on your Duricef prescription, join our monthly membership and get discounted visits.

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  • Unlimited messages with your Care Team

  • Prescription discount card to save up to 80%

  • Exclusive discounts on lab tests

  • Free memberships for your family

  • Cancel anytime

Visit price with insurance

Often the same as an office visit. Most patients with in-network insurance pay $30 or less!

  • We accept these insurance plans and many more:

    • Humana
    • Aetna
    • Cigna

Paying without insurance



First month free



30 days of free membership

  • Same-day appointments 7 days a week

  • Unlimited messages with your Care Team

  • Prescription discount card to save up to 80%

  • Exclusive discounts on lab tests

  • Free memberships for your family

  • Cancel anytime

Visit price without insurance

Initial visits are $129.

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