Active substance(s): CEFACLOR MONOHYDRATE
Other rare side effects are kidney problems, raised liver enzymes (which will be seen in a blood
Medicines should not be disposed of via wastewater or household waste. Ask your
pharmacist how to dispose of medicines no longer required. These measures will
help to protect the environment.
Common (affects 1 to 10 users in 100): headache, stomach discomfort, feeling (nausea) or
being sick (vomiting), diarrhoea.
POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS
Like all medicines, Keftid Suspension can cause side effects, although not everybody gets
Not known (frequency cannot be estimated from the available data): genital itching, irritation or
inflammation of the vagina, confusion, nervousness, difficulty sleeping, muscle tightness,
If you get any of the following side effects you should stop taking Keftid and tell your doctor
hyperactivity, seeing and hearing things which are not there (hallucinations), dizziness,
immediately or go to the casualty department of your nearest hospital, as these may be signs of
drowsiness, jaundice (yellowing of the skin and the whites of the eyes), liver problems, positive
a serious allergic reaction:
severe skin reactions such as Stevens- Johnson Syndrome- symptoms of a rash with
flushing, fever, blisters and ulcers, and Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis- symptoms of
If you consider any of these side effects to be serious or if you notice any side effects not listed in
reddening, peeling and swelling of the skin that resembles burns.
this leaflet, please tell your doctor or pharmacist.
Other skin reactions including itching and red or purple patches
difficulty breathing or wheezing
5. HOW TO STORE KEFTID SUSPENSION
swelling of the tongue, face, lips or throat
Keep out of the reach and sight of children.
feeling faint accompanied by one or some of the other reactions above
Store your Keftid Suspension in a refrigerator (between 2oC and 8oC). Store in the original
Tell your doctor immediately if you notice the following symptoms as you may require urgent
bottle, with the lid tightly closed. Dispose of any suspension that has not been taken after 14
diarrhoea which becomes severe or contains blood or mucus
Your pharmacist should not prepare Keftid Suspension after the expiry date, which is stated on
Rare (affects 1 to 10 users in 10,000)
This medicine may lower the levels of certain blood cells, these will return to normal when you
stop taking Cefaclor Suspension (symptoms may include sore throat, mouth ulcers or feeling
Do not use Keftid Suspension if you notice that the bottle is damaged or if the suspension
appears to have deteriorated.
What Keftid Suspension contains
The active substance in Keftid Suspension is called cefaclor. Each 5ml of
suspension contains either 125mg or 250mg of cefaclor as cefaclor monohydrate.
The other ingredients in the suspension are sodium benzoate, silicon dioxide, xanthan
gum, sorbitol (E420), aspartame (E951), citric acid (anhydrous), strawberry flavour,
banana flavour, pineapple flavour, raspberry flavour, taste modifier and allura red
What Keftid Suspension looks like and the contents of the pack
Keftid Suspension is available as a white to slightly pink coloured dry powder for the
preparation of a pink fruit flavoured suspension. When prepared by the pharmacist,
each bottle of suspension contains 100ml.
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3. HOW TO TAKE KEFTID SUSPENSION
Taking other medicines
2. BEFORE YOU TAKE KEFTID SUSPENSION
Please tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking or have recently taken any medicines,
Always take Keftid Suspension exactly as your doctor has told you. You should check with your
including those medicines obtained without a prescription.
Do not take Keftid Suspension
doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.
This is especially important if you are taking:
if you are allergic (hypersensitive) to any cephalosporin antibiotic, such as cefalexin,
a medicine called warfarin (used to thin the blood)
cefuroxime, cefradine or cefaclor
Keftid Suspension should be taken orally (by mouth).
a medicine called probenecid (used to treat gout)
if you are allergic to any of the other ingredients of Keftid Suspension
Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start taking this medicine.
combined oral contraceptives (Keftid Suspension may reduce the effectiveness of
if you suffer from porphyria (a rare inherited disorder which affects the blood)
Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
The usual dose for adults and the elderly is 250mg every eight hours. In more severe infections
combined oral contraceptives)
if you have a metabolic disorder called phenylketonuria
If you have any further questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
the dosage may be doubled to 500mg every eight hours. The usual dose for children will
This medicine has been prescribed for you. Do not pass it on to others. It may harm
depend on the child's weight. Babies less than one month old should not be given cefaclor.
It may still be safe for you to take Keftid Suspension; your doctor or pharmacist will be able to
Talk to your doctor before taking this product if any of the above apply to you.
them, even if their symptoms are the same as yours.
If any of the side effects gets serious, or if you notice any side effects not listed in this
Doctors sometimes prescribe different doses to these. It is important to read the label on your
Keftid should not be given to infants under 1 month old.
leaflet, please tell your doctor or pharmacist.
medicine, as it will tell you precisely what dose to take.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
If you are pregnant, think you might be pregnant or are breast-feeding, you should ask your
Take special care with Keftid Suspension
In this leaflet:
If you take more Keftid Suspension than you should
doctor or pharmacist for advice before taking Keftid or any other medicine.
if you are allergic to any penicillin antibiotic, such as penicillin, ampicillin, amoxicillin or
1. What Keftid is and what it is used for
If you take too much Keftid Suspension contact your nearest hospital casualty department or tell
2. Before you take Keftid Suspension
your doctor or pharmacist immediately. Take this leaflet and any remaining suspension with
Driving and using machines
if you have ever suffered from colitis (an inflammation of the bowel)
3. How to take Keftid Suspension
Keftid Suspension should not affect your ability to drive and use machines.
if you suffer from any kidney problems
4. Possible side effects
if you are on kidney dialysis
5. How to store Keftid Suspension
If you forget to take Keftid Suspension
if you are diabetic (cefaclor can interfere with some urine sugar tests)
Important information for patients with phenylketonuria or an intolerance to some
6. Further information
If you forget to take your medicine, just take your normal dose as soon as you remember and
then continue as before. Do not take a double dose to make up for a forgotten dose.
If any of the above apply to you, it is important that you tell your doctor or pharmacist before
Keftid Suspension contains aspartame (E951), a source of phenylalanine. This may be
1. WHAT KEFTID IS AND WHAT IT IS USED FOR
taking Keftid Suspension and they will decide what to do. It may still be safe for you to take
harmful for people with phenylketonuria. If you have phenylketonuria, do not take Keftid
If you stop taking Keftid Suspension
Suspension. Please speak to your doctor for further advice.
The name of this medicine is Keftid Suspension. Keftid Suspension contains the active
Keep taking the medicine until you have finished the full course of treatment that your doctor has
substance cefaclor, which belongs to a group of medicines called cephalosporin antibiotics.
If you are having a blood test, it is important that you tell your doctor that you are taking this
prescribed for you. Do not stop taking the medicine, even if you feel better. This will make sure
Keftid Suspension contains sorbitol (E420). If you have been told by your doctor that you have
medicine as it may affect the result.
that the infection has completely cleared.
an intolerance to some sugars, contact your doctor before taking this medicine.
Cefaclor is used to kill bacteria that cause infections in your body. These include throat, chest
and ear infections, sinus infections, infections of the skin and soft tissue and urinary tract
PACKAGE LEAFLET: INFORMATION FOR THE USER
Keftid Suspension and 250mg/5ml
Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency
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