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Cefaclor

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By Medicover Hospitals / 25 Feb 2021
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What is Cefaclor?

  • Cefaclor is a prescription medicine used to treat symptoms of various bacterial infections such as Bronchitis, Pharyngitis and Tonsillitis, Urinary Tract Infection, Otitis Media, and Lower Respiratory Tract Infection. Cefaclor may be used alone or with other drugs. Cefaclor belongs to a class of drugs called Cephalosporins of the 2nd generation. It is not known whether Cefaclor is safe and effective in children younger than 1 month of age.
    1. Cefaclor Uses
    2. Cefaclor Side effects
    3. Precautions
    4. Interactions
    5. Cefaclor vs Cefixime
    6. Frequently Asked Questions
    7. Citations

    Cefaclor Uses:

  • Cefaclor is a cephalosporin-type antibiotic used to treat many kinds of bacterial infections such as middle ear, skin, urine, and respiratory tract infections. It works by stopping bacteria from growing. This antibiotic is only used to treat bacterial infections. It won't work for viral infections (e.g., common cold, flu). Unnecessary use or overuse of any antibiotic may reduce its efficacy.
  • How to use cefaclor oral

  • Take this medicine by mouth usually every 8 or 12 hours, or as directed by your doctor. You may take this medicine with food if you have a stomach upset.
  • Take this antibiotic at proper spaced intervals times for the best result. To help you remember, take this medicine at the same time daily.
  • Continue to take this medicine until the prescribed amount is over, even if the symptoms disappear after a few days. Stopping this medicine too early may allow bacteria to continue to grow, which may lead to a relapse of the infection.
  • Cefaclor Side effects:

    • Stomach upset
    • Headache
    • Nausea
    • Vomiting
    • Diarrhea
    • Stomach pain
    • Persistent nausea
    • Vomiting
    • Yellowing of the skin or eyes
    • Jaundice
    • Dark urine
    • New signs of infection
    • Sore throat
    • Fever
    • Easy bruising
    • Bleeding
    • Change in the amount of urine
    • Mood changes
    • Confusion
    • Severe intestinal condition
    • Clostridium difficile-associated diarrhea
    • Blood or mucus in your stool
    • White patches in your mouth
    • Change in vaginal discharge
    • Itching
    • Swelling of the face
    • Swelling of tongue or throat
    • Unusual joint pain
    • Trouble breathing
    • Diarrhea
    • Vaginal itching
    • Vaginal discharge
    • Hypersensitivity reactions

    Precautions:

  • Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to cefaclor; or to penicillins or other cephalosporins; or if you have any other allergies before taking cefaclor. This product may contain inactive ingredients that may cause allergic reactions or other problems. Please talk to your pharmacist for more details.
  • Tell your doctor or pharmacist about your medical history before using this medicine, in particular: severe kidney disease, intestinal disease (colitis).
  • Cefaclor may cause live bacterial vaccines (such as typhoid vaccines) to fail to work as well. Do not have any immunizations/vaccinations while using this medicine unless your doctor tells you to do so.
  • The functioning of the kidney declines as you grow older. This medicine is removed by the kidneys. Elderly people may however be more sensitive to this drug.
  • This medicine can only be used if truly needed during pregnancy. Speak to a doctor about both the benefits and risks.This medication is passed on to breast milk.
  • Interactions

  • Your doctor or pharmacist may already be aware of and monitor any possible drug interactions. Do not start to take it on your own, stop taking it or change the dosage of any medicine before checking with them first.
  • Tell your doctor or pharmacist about all prescribed medication and non-prescribed/herbal products you may use, especially warfarin, before using this medicine.
  • This medication may cause false-positive results with certain products tested for diabetic urine (cupric sulfate-type). This drug may also affect the results of certain laboratory tests. Make sure your laboratory personnel and your doctors know you're using this drug.
  • Overdose

  • If someone has taken more or got overdosed and has serious symptoms such as passing out or difficulty breathing, call a poison control centre right away. Symptoms of overdose can include severe vomiting, seizures.
  • Note: Do not share this medicine with others. This medicine has only been prescribed by your doctor for your current condition. Do not use it later for another infection unless or until your doctor tells you to do so.
  • Missing Dose

  • If you miss taking any dose, use it as soon as you remember it. If time is very near for the next dose, skip the missed dose. Use your next dose on a regular basis. Don't double your dose to catch up.
  • Storage

  • Store this medicine at room temperature between 59-86 degrees F (15-30 degrees C) away from direct sunlight and moisture. Don't store it in the bathroom. Keep all medicines away from children.
  • Do not flush the medication down the toilet or pour it into the drain unless instructed to do so. Discard this medicine properly with safety when it has expired or is no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist or local waste disposal company for more details on how to safely dispose of your product.
  • Cefaclor vs Cefixime

    Cefaclor
    Cefixime
    trade name Ceclor brand name Suprax
    Formula: C15H14ClN3O4S Formula: C16H15N5O7S2
    second-generation cephalosporin antibiotic is an antibiotic medication
    Cefaclor is a cephalosporin-type antibiotic used to treat many kinds of bacterial infections such as middle ear, skin, urine, and respiratory tract infections. This medication is used for treating a number of bacterial infections such as strep throat, pneumonia, otitis media, urinary tract infections, gonorrhea, and Lyme disease.
    Molar mass: 367.808 g/mol Molar mass: 453.452 g/mol

    Frequently Asked Questions:

    Cefaclor is a cephalosporin-type antibiotic used to treat many kinds of bacterial infections such as middle ear, skin, urine, and respiratory tract infections. It works by stopping bacteria from growing. This antibiotic is only used to treat bacterial infections. It won't work for viral infections (e.g., common cold, flu). Unnecessary use or overuse of any antibiotic may reduce its efficacy.
    Cefaclor is a prescription drug that is a cephalosporin-type antibiotic used to treat a wide range of bacterial infections (middle ear, skin, urine, and respiratory tract infections). It works by stopping bacteria from growing. Cefaclor treats bacterial infections only.
    Since cefaclor is chemically related to penicillin, patients who are allergic to penicillin may have an allergic reaction (sometimes even anaphylaxis) when given cefaclor. Treatment with cefaclor and other antibiotics may alter the normal flora of the colon bacteria and allow C to grow.
    Side effects of Cefaclor are as follows:
    • -Diarrhea
    • -Upset stomach
    • -Headache
    • -Nausea
    • -Vomiting
    • -Vaginal itching or discharge
    • -Hypersensitivity reactions
    Cefaclor is used to treat infections caused by susceptible organisms, including H influenzae, and to treat otitis media, sinusitis, and respiratory tract infections. It may not be appropriate in acute sinusitis due to reduced activity and the potential for serious allergic reactions.
    Cefaclor 375 mg taken twice daily is as effective and safe as cefaclor capsules 250 mg three times daily for the treatment of streptococcal pharyngitis or tonsillitis.
    Cefaclor is considered to be a safe, well-tolerated, and effective antimicrobial agent in children. It has a distinct advantage over other antibiotics in children with Haemophilus influenzae otitis media and should be considered a primary drug in the treatment of otitis media.
    For oral use of cefaclor - Take this medicine by mouth usually every 8 or 12 hours, or as directed by your doctor. You may take this medicine with food if you have stomach upset. Take this antibiotic at evenly spaced intervals of times for the best effect.
    Directions for reconstitution of CECLOR powder in oral liquid bottles 125 mg/5 mL-Add 60 mL of water in two portions of the dry mixture in the bottle. Shake well after every addition. 250 mg/5 ml-Add 45 ml of water to the dry mixture in the bottle in two portions. Shake well after every addition.
    Do not consume this medication if you are allergic to cefaclor or similar antibiotics, such as Ceftin, Cefzil, Duricef, Fortaz, Keflex, Omnicef, Spectracef, Suprax, and others. Tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs before taking this medicine (especially penicillin).
    Since cefaclor is chemically related to penicillin, patients who are allergic to penicillin may have an allergic reaction (sometimes even anaphylaxis) when given cefaclor. Treatment with cefaclor and other antibiotics may alter the normal flora of the colon bacteria and allow C to grow.

    Citations:

  • Cefaclor, https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S138589471830593X
  • Cefaclor side effects , https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/BF01975846