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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 are the side effects of Cefaclor?

Cefaclor is a type of antibiotic used to treat bacterial infections. Cefaclor has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use in adults and children over 12 years old, but it also comes with some potential side effects. It is important to be aware of these side effects before taking cefaclor.

Common side effects experienced by those taking cefaclor include 

  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • stomach pain and 
  • diarrhea

Other reported side effects include white patches or sores inside the mouth or on the lips, headache, dizziness, and difficulty sleeping. 

In rare cases more serious reactions can occur such as signs of an allergic reaction including 

  • hives 
  • swelling of the face, lips, tongue or throat
  • breathing difficulties
  • blue skin discoloration
  • increased heart rate and 
  • confusion.

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.

Can I buy Cefaclor without prescription?

It is important to note that cefaclor should only be taken under medical supervision as it can cause serious side effects if consumed without proper caution. Moreover, it cannot be bought without a valid prescription in most countries as it falls under the regulation of prescription-only medications. 

Furthermore, self-medication with antibiotics may lead to an increased risk of developing antibiotic resistance which can result in treatment failure and prolonged illness. Therefore, individuals should always consult their doctor before taking any medication including cefaclor and not purchase antibiotics illegally or from unreliable sources.

How to store Cefaclor tablets?

Proper storage of cefaclor is necessary to ensure that it remains effective and safe for use. Improper storage can cause cefaclor to lose its potency, making it less effective at treating an infection. It is essential to follow the instructions given by your doctor or pharmacist when storing this medication. 

When storing cefaclor, it should be kept in a closed container away from heat and direct light. Cefaclor should also be kept out of reach of children as accidental ingestion can lead to serious health risks. Do not store cefaclor in temperatures higher than 25°C or lower than 5°C as this may cause changes in the active ingredients, reducing its effectiveness and safety for use.

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 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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