Generic name: Cefaclor
Brand names: Ceclor
Why is Ceclor prescribed?
Ceclor, a cephalosporin antibiotic, is used in the treatment of ear, nose, throat, respiratory tract, urinary tract, and skin infections caused by specific bacteria, including staph, strep, and E. coli. Uses include treatment of sore or strep throat, pneumonia, and tonsillitis. Ceclor CD, an extended release form of the drug, is also used for flare-ups of chronic bronchitis.
Most important fact about Ceclor
If you are allergic to either penicillin or cephalosporin antibiotics in any form, consult your doctor before taking Ceclor. There is a possibility that you are allergic to both types of medication; and if a reaction occurs, it could be extremely severe. If you take the drug and feel signs of a reaction, seek medical attention immediately.
How should you take Ceclor?
Your doctor will only prescribe Ceclor to treat a bacterial infection; it will not cure a viral infection, such as the common cold. It's important to take the full dosage schedule of Ceclor, even if you're feeling better in a few days. Not completing the full dosage schedule may decrease the drug's effectiveness and increase the chances that the bacteria may become resistant to Ceclor and similar antibiotics.
Ceclor works fastest when taken on an empty stomach. However, your doctor may ask you to take Ceclor with food to avoid stomach upset.
Ceclor CD should be taken with meals or at least within 1 hour of eating because it's better absorbed with food. Do not cut, crush, or chew the tablets.
Ceclor suspension should be shaken well before using.
--If you miss a dose...
Take it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and go back to your regular schedule. Never take 2 doses at the same time.
Keep Ceclor capsules in the container they came in, tightly closed. Store at room temperature.
Refrigerate Ceclor suspension. Discard any unused portion after 14 days.
What side effects may occur?
Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, inform your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking Ceclor.
- Side effects of Ceclor may include:
Diarrhea, hives, itching
- Side effects of Ceclor CD may include:
Diarrhea, headache, nasal inflammation, nausea