Cefaclor Prescribing Information
This medicine is sold under the brand name Ceclor. It is a cephalosporin antibiotic of the second generation. It treats a wide variety of bacterial infections. It kills the bacteria by interfering with the formation of the bacteria`s cell wall. Once the wall is ruptured it results in the death of the bacteria. It belongs to the antibiotic group known as cephalosporins.
Uses of Cefaclor
It is used to treat pneumonia and infections of the ear, lung, skin, throat, and urinary tract. The Cefaclor works similar to penicillin’s. It can also be used to fight the gram negative and gram positive bacteria organism.
Side Effects of Cefaclor
Like all medicines even Cefaclor has many side effects. However, it may not be relevant to all the patients. Some patients may or may not have any side effects. If in case you see any new symptoms after using this medicine, talk to your doctor immediately. Some of the common symptoms are
- Mild diarrhea
- Sinus infection
Apart from these common side effects, there can be various severe side effects as well. Get immediate medical help for the below symptoms.
- Bloody stool
- Unable to breathe
- Swelling of the face, tongue or mouth
- Irregular bowel movement
- Vaginal discharge
- Severe diarrhea
- Stomach pain
Contraindications of Cefaclor
This medicine is not effective for treating viral infections. This medicine is not for regular use without the doctor's advice. If this medicine is used repeatedly for a long term, it can cause a second infection. If you have any allergy to this medicine or if you are taking any prescription, non-prescription, or herbal medicine, then inform your doctor about the same. If you have a liver, kidney, phenylketonuria, or blood clotting disorder, then this medicine can cause severe side effects. Medicines such as probenecid and warfarin can increase the side effects of this medicine. You should check with your health care provider if you are using any medicine and when it will be safe to start or stop any medicine. Any changes in the dose of any medicine should also be discussed prior to making the changes. Follow the instructions on the prescription or as suggested by the doctor. It can be taken with or without food and you should chew it, before swallowing the medicine. Make sure that you take this medicine at the same time every day to increase the effectiveness of the medicine. The symptoms of the infection may improve before the full course of the medicine is over. It is important that you continue to use the medicine and complete the full course. Failing to do so can repeat the infection. Overdose of this medicine can be harmful and life threatening. It can also, give false results in certain tests, hence let the doctor know that you are using the medicine.
Pregnancy and Cefaclor
You should discuss the benefits and risks of using this medicine during pregnancy. This medicine can pass through the breast milk to the nursing child and may harm the child.
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