Generic Name: cefaclor (SEFF-uh-klor)
Brand Name: Generic only. No brands available.
Cefaclor suspension is used for:
Treating infections caused by certain bacteria.
Cefaclor suspension is a cephalosporin antibiotic. It kills sensitive bacteria by interfering with formation of the bacteria's cell wall while it is growing. This weakens the cell wall and it ruptures, resulting in the death of the bacteria.
Do NOT use cefaclor suspension if:
- you are allergic to any ingredient in cefaclor suspension or any other cephalosporin antibiotic (eg, cephalexin)
Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.
Before using cefaclor suspension:
Some medical conditions may interact with cefaclor suspension. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:
- if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
- if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
- if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
- if you have diarrhea, a stomach infection, or a blood clotting disorder
- if you have had a severe allergic reaction (eg, a severe rash, hives, breathing difficulties, dizziness) to a penicillin antibiotic (eg, amoxicillin) or other beta-lactam antibiotic (eg, imipenem)
Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with cefaclor suspension. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:
- Probenecid because it may increase the risk of cefaclor suspension's side effects
- Oral anticoagulants (eg, warfarin) because the risk of bleeding may be increased by cefaclor suspension
This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if cefaclor suspension may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.
How to use cefaclor suspension:
Use cefaclor suspension as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
- Take cefaclor suspension by mouth with or without food.
- Shake well before each use.
- Use a measuring device marked for medicine dosing. Ask your pharmacist for help if you are unsure of how to measure this dose.
- To clear up your infection completely, use cefaclor suspension for the full course of treatment. Keep using it even if you feel better in a few days.
- Cefaclor suspension works best if it is taken at the same time each day.
- If you miss a dose of cefaclor suspension, take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.
Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use cefaclor suspension.
Important safety information:
- Cefaclor suspension only works against bacteria; it does not treat viral infections (eg, the common cold).
- Long-term or repeated use of cefaclor suspension may cause a second infection. Tell your doctor if signs of a second infection occur. Your medicine may need to be changed to treat this.
- Diabetes patients - Cefaclor suspension may cause the results of some tests for urine glucose to be wrong. Ask your doctor before you change your diet or the dose of your diabetes medicine.
- Be sure to use cefaclor suspension for the full course of treatment. If you do not, the medicine may not clear up your infection completely. The bacteria could also become less sensitive to this or other medicines. This could make the infection harder to treat in the future.
- Contact your doctor right away if stomach pain or cramps, severe diarrhea, or bloody stools occur. Do not treat diarrhea without first checking with your doctor.
- Use cefaclor suspension with caution in the ELDERLY; they may be more sensitive to its effects.
- PREGNANCY AND BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using cefaclor suspension while you are pregnant. Cefaclor suspension is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use cefaclor suspension, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.
Possible side effects of cefaclor suspension:
All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:
Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:
Abnormal skin sensations; bloody stools; difficulty breathing; fainting; fluid retention; flushing; genital and anal itching; headache; joint pain and inflammation; low blood pressure; mild diarrhea; nausea; secondary fungal infections, particularly of the oral, rectal, vaginal, and intestinal areas; seizures; sinus infection; skin redness; tiredness; vomiting; weakness.
Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); bloody stools; fever; seizures; severe diarrhea; stomach cramps/pain; urge to have a bowel movement; vaginal irritation or discharge.
This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. To report side effects to the appropriate agency, please read the Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA.
If OVERDOSE is suspected:
Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center, or emergency room immediately. Symptoms may include diarrhea, nausea, stomach pain, and vomiting.Proper storage of cefaclor suspension:
Store cefaclor suspension in the refrigerator (36 to 46 degrees F; 2 to 8 degrees C) in a tightly closed container. Throw away any unused medicine after 14 days. Keep cefaclor suspension out of the reach of children and away from pets.
- If you have any questions about cefaclor suspension, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- Cefaclor suspension is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
- If your symptoms do not improve within a few days or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
- Check with your pharmacist about how to dispose of unused medicine.
This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take cefaclor suspension or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about cefaclor suspension. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to cefaclor suspension. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using cefaclor suspension.
Disclaimer: This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.
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