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What is Cefaclor used for?

Cefaclor is prescribed to treat a wide variety of bacterial infections such as ear, nose, throat, skin, urine and respiratory tract infections. It is a cephalosporin-type antibiotic that works by stopping the growth of bacteria in your body. This medicine may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.

What is the recommended dosage of Cefaclor?

The dosage of Cefaclor prescribed to each patient will vary. Always follow your physician’s instructions and/or the directions on the prescription drug label. Take Cefaclor with a full glass of water.

What if you miss a dose of Cefaclor?

If your physician has instructed or directed you to take Cefaclor medication in a regular schedule and you have missed a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double the doses unless otherwise directed.

What if you overdose on Cefaclor?

Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose of Cefaclor, seek medical attention immediately. Some of the overdose symptoms of this drug are seizures, stomach pain, diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting.

What other drugs could interact with Cefaclor?

  • Amikacin
  • Ethacrynic acid
  • Furosemide
  • Probenecid
  • Warfarin

It may be noted that drugs other than those listed above may also interact with Cefaclor.

Usually drug interactions occur when it is taken with another drug or with food. Before you take a medication for a particular ailment, you should inform the health expert about intake of any other medications including non-prescription medications, over-the-counter medicines that may increase the effect of Cefaclor, and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbal, so that the doctor can warn you of any possible drug interactions.

Cefaclor can interact with combination-type birth control pills, live vaccines, certain antibiotics, and certain potent diuretics.

Do let your doctor know if you smoke, consume alcohol or caffeinated drinks, or use illegal drugs as these may interfere with the action of your medication. Make sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions you may have, or any family history of medical problems. Do not start or stop using any medicine without consulting your doctor.

What are the side effects of Cefaclor?

Like other medicines, Cefaclor can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Cefaclor are most likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and may require the individual to inform the doctor or visit the nearest hospital immediately.

It is pertinent to note that side effects of Cefaclor cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Cefaclor develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.

Cefaclor can cause side effects such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, loss of appetite, headache, anxiety, and drowsiness. Some of the serious side effects of this drug are shortness of breath, red skin rash, dark urine, chest pain, and fast or pounding heartbeats. This is not a complete list of all side effects. Do concur with your doctor and follow his directions completely when you are taking Cefaclor.

What are the questions to ask your doctor before taking Cefaclor?

Is it possible for me to take Cefaclor with other drugs?
Should certain beverages, foods and other products be avoided when I take Cefaclor?
What are the possible drug interactions of Cefaclor?
How will Cefaclor work in my body?
How should Cefaclor be taken?
How to reduce the risk of Cefaclor drug interactions and side effects?


The health and medical information provided here is intended to supplement and not substitute for the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professional. Before taking Cefaclor, inform your health care professional if you are allergic to penicillins or other cephalosporins, or if you have severe kidney disease and intestinal disease. Also, inform your doctor if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or breast-feeding.


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