Ceclor or Cefaclor

Why is this drug prescribed?
Cefaclor is an antibiotic that eliminates bacteria that causes different kinds of infections, including pneumonia and infections of the ear, urinary tract and skin.

When should it be used?
Cefaclor is usually taken three times a day, every eight hours, for seven to 10 days. Doses should be taken at evenly spaced intervals. Follow the instructions on your prescription label carefully, and ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any part that you do not understand.

How should it be used?
Cefaclor comes in capsules and liquid form to be taken by mouth. Your prescription label tells you how much to take at each dose. It is best to take cefaclor on an empty stomach. Therefore, try to take it one hour before meals or at least two hours after meals. Capsules should be taken with a full glass of water. Liquid cefaclor should be shaken well before each use to mix the medication evenly. Liquid doses should be measured with a specially marked measuring spoon, available from your pharmacist. Your prescription is probably not refillable. If you still have symptoms of infection after you finish the cefaclor, contact your doctor.

What special instructions should I follow while using this drug?
Take all the medication prescribed, even after the infection appears to have gone away. Failure to do so could allow the infection to return.

What should I do if I forget to take a dose?
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember it. Take any remaining doses for that day at evenly spaced intervals.

What side effects can this drug cause? What can I do about them?

  • Skin rash, shortness of breath, itching, hives
    Stop taking the drug and contact your doctor immediately.
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
    Take with crackers or a light snack. If you continue to have stomach upset, contact us.
  • Diarrhea that is severe or continues for more than two days
    Contact us.
  • Unusual bleeding, bruising, painful mouth, throat sores
    Contact us.

What other precautions should I follow while using this drug?
Before taking this medication, tell us if you are allergic to penicillins or cephalosporins (e.g., cefadroxil, cephalexin, and cephradine); if you have asthma, hay fever, allergies, or kidney disease; or are nursing a baby. If you are taking medication for gout, such as probenecid, tell your doctor before taking cefaclor. If your doctor tells you to stop taking cefaclor, throw away any unused medication. Cefaclor may lose its effectiveness over time and should not be saved to treat another infection. Cefaclor may cause false positive results in tests for sugar in the urine. Diabetics should use TesTape rather than Clinitest tablets to test for sugar while taking cefaclor.