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CEFACLOR ORAL SUSPENSION 125mg/5ml
CEFACLOR ORAL SUSPENSION 250mg/5ml
Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start taking this medicine
• Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
• If you have further questions, please ask your doctor or your pharmacist.
• This medicine has been prescribed for you personally and you should not pass it on to
others. It may harm 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
leaflet, please tell your doctor or pharmacist
In this leaflet:
What Cefaclor Suspension are and what are they used for
Before you take Cefaclor Suspension
How to take Cefaclor Suspension
Possible side effects
How to store Cefaclor Suspension
1 WHAT CEFACLOR SUSPENSION ARE AND WHAT ARE THEY USED FOR
Cefaclor suspension is an antibacterial agent (antibiotic) used for treating certain
infections caused by bacteria. It belongs to a group of medicines called
cephalosporins. Antibiotics help the body fight infections.
Cefaclor suspension is used to treat certain bacterial infections including chest infections
(e.g., bronchitis and pneumonia); infections of ear, nose and throat; urinary tract (e.g.
cystitis), and skin infections
BEFORE YOU TAKE CEFACLOR SUSPENSION
Do not take Cefaclor Suspension
• If you (or your child) are allergic to cefaclor or any of the ingredients of
Cefaclor Suspension listed at the end of the leaflet (An allergic reaction may
include rash, itching, swelling of face, lips, or hands/feet or breathing difficulties)
• If you (or your child) have previously had an allergic reaction to amoxicillin, or
to other antibiotics of penicillin (e.g. ampicillin), or cephalosporin (e.g. cefalexin,
Take special care with Cefaclor Suspension if you (or your child):
• Are pregnant, or planning to become pregnant, or are breast feeding
• Have problems with your kidney(s)
• Have or have had colitis (a kind of severe diarrhoea).
• Have sugar diabetes (Cefaclor can interfere with some urine sugar tests)
Please consult your doctor, even if these statements were applicable to you (or your
child) at any time in the past.
If you (or your child) require any tests, blood, urine or diagnostic, while taking this
medicine please ensure the doctor or nurse knows that you are taking Cefaclor
Taking other medicines
Please inform your doctor or pharmacist if you (or your child) are taking, or have
recently taken, any other medicines, even those not prescribed but bought/ obtained
without a prescription.
Care is needed if you (or your child) are taking:
• Anticoagulants (used to thin the blood) such as warfarin
• Probenecid (used to treat gout, a form of arthritis)
• Antacids (used for indigestion)
Inform your doctor if you are taking birth control pills (oral contraceptives) before
taking Cefaclor suspension.
Taking Cefaclor with food or drink
Cefaclor Suspension can be given with or without food.
Pregnancy and Breast-feeding
You should take special care with Cefaclor Suspension if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before talking any medicine.
Driving and using machines
Cefaclor is not known to affect the ability to drive or use machines. Make sure you
know how you react to Cefaclor Suspension before you drive, use machines, or engage
in any other activity that could be dangerous if you are not alert.
Important information about some of the ingredients of Cefaclor Suspension
Cefaclor Suspension contains sucrose. If you have been told by your doctor that you
(or your child) have intolerance to some sugars, contact your doctor before taking
this medicinal product.
Cefaclor suspension also includes certain inactive ingredients namely sodium benzoate
and sodium citrate. This medicinal product contains less than 1 mmol sodium 8.1 mg
per dose for the 125mg/ 5 ml strength and 16.2 mg per dose for the 250mg/ 5ml
strength, i.e. essentially ‘sodium-free’.
HOW TO TAKE CEFACLOR SUSPENSION
Take or give your child this medicine as instructed by your doctor. Do not take (or
give your child) more than the doctor told you to. Check the label carefully for how
much to take and how often. Your pharmacist or doctor can help if you are not sure.
The dose of cefaclor depends on your child's weight in kilograms and is usually
approximately 20 mg for each kilogram body weight given daily. This is to be given
in three divided doses daily, usually in the morning, afternoon and in the evening.
The suspension can be given with or without food.
The usual doses of Cefaclor suspension are as given below:
Dosage in mL or number of spoonful
(three times daily)
5 ml (one spoonful)
The daily doses may be different depending on the type and severity of infection.
The maximum recommended daily dose should not exceed 1 gm.
One spoonful (5 ml) of Cefaclor suspension 250 mg/5 ml taken three times a day. The
dose may be increased to two spoonful of Cefaclor suspension 250 mg/5 ml taken three
times a day, depending on the type and severity of the infection. Your maximum daily
dose should not exceed 4 g.
Your daily doses may be different if you have kidney(s) problems.
Shake the bottle well before taking Cefaclor Oral Suspension.
Cefaclor Suspension is usually given for up to 10 days. Your doctor will tell for how
long to take Cefaclor. Do not stop taking the suspension before your doctor tells you
to, even if you (or your child) feel better, because the symptoms may return.
Taking Cefaclor with food or drink
Cefaclor Suspension can be given with or without food.
If you forget to take (or give your child) Cefaclor Suspension at the right time, take
it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the
missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to
make up for forgotten individual doses.
If you have taken (or given your child) more Cefaclor Suspension than you
should, consult your doctor or go to the nearest hospital casualty department
immediately. Take this leaflet with you so your doctor will know what you have taken
If you have any further questions on the use of this product, ask your doctor or
POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS
Like all medicines, cefaclor can have side effects, although not everybody gets them.
Very serious side effects
If any of the following happen, stop taking Cefaclor Suspension and tell your
doctor immediately or go to the casualty department at your nearest hospital.
• Rashes, hives, itching, chest constriction, shortness of breath, fever or swelling of
face, lips, hands / feet, fainting
• Severe skin reactions such as blisters, sores or ulceration
These are very serious side effects. You (or your child) may have a serious allergic
reaction or other type of reaction to cefaclor. You (or your child) may need urgent
medical attention or hospitalization.
Serious side effects
Tell your doctor immediately or go to the casualty department at your nearest
hospital if you notice any of the following:
• Severe diarrhoea (which may contain blood or mucous) along with stomach cramps
• Any irregular or fast heart beat
• Sudden, severe abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting (pancreatitis)
• Yellowing of whites of eyes and skin (jaundice), loss of appetite, pain in right upper
abdomen, and general feeling of being unwell
• Dark discoloration of urine, bloody or cloudy urine or any change in your urine
• Unusual bleeding or increased tendency to bleed, persistent sore throat and frequent
Tell your doctor as soon as possible if you develop any of the following:
• Mental confusion, hallucinations (unrealistic sensations/ perception), nervousness,
increased muscle tone, lack of sleep, dizziness.
• Nausea (feeling sick) or vomiting (being sick)
• Itching or any discharge from female genital area.
Effect on Laboratory tests
There may be changes in the results of certain laboratory tests
• Abnormal liver function tests
• Abnormal kidney function tests
• Increase in blood sugar.
If any of the side effects gets serious, or if you notice any side effects not listed in this
leaflet, please tell your doctor.
HOW TO STORE CEFACLOR SUSPENSION
Keep out of reach and sight of children.
Do not use this medicine after the expiry date shown on the label.
Keep your suspension stored in the refrigerator and keep the bottle tightly closed.
Throw away any that you have not used after 14 days.
Medicines should not be disposed of via wastewater or household waste. Ask your
pharmacist how to dispose of medicines no longer require. These measures will help
to protect the environment.
6 FURTHER INFORMATION
What Cefaclor Suspension contains
The active ingredient in Cefaclor Oral Suspension 125mg/5ml or 250mg/5ml is
Cefaclor Suspension is available in two strengths: 125mg/5ml and 250mg/5ml.
Cefaclor Suspension also contains some inactive ingredients: these are xanthan gum,
sodium benzoate, sucrose, colloidal anhydrous silica, allura red (E129), sodium citrate,
citric acid, simethicone emulsion and strawberry flavouring
What Cefaclor Suspension look like and contents of the Pack
Cefaclor 125mg/ 5ml and 250mg/ 5 ml suspension is white to off-white granular
powder forming a red suspension on constitution with water and has a strawberry
Cefaclor 125mg/ 5ml and 250mg/ 5 ml suspension is available as 60 or 100 ml.
Marketing Authorisation Holder and Manufacturer
Marketing Authorisation Holder: Ranbaxy (UK) Limited, 20 Balderton Street,
London W1K 6TL, United Kingdom.
Manufacturer: Ranbaxy Ireland Limited., Spafield, Cork Road, Cashel, Co.
Tipperary, Republic of Ireland.
This leaflet was last approved in: September 2008
Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency
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