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Cefaclor is used in the treatment of bacterial infections

How it works

Cefaclor is an antibiotic. It kills the bacteria by attacking their cell wall. Specifically, it prevents the synthesis of a substance in the cell wall called peptidoglycan, which provides the cell wall with the strength required for survival of bacteria in human body.

Common side effects

Numbness, Pale red skin, Positive coomb(s) test, Itchy rash, Abnormal urine tests, Allergic reaction, Eye swelling, Lip swelling, Joint pain, Burning sensation, Diarrhoea, Shortness of breath, Fainting, Fungal infection of vagina, Anal itching, Generalized itching, Itching, Joint inflammation, Large intestine inflammation, Increased white blood cell count (lymphocytes), Nausea, Pricking sensation, Tingling sensation, Vaginal inflammation, Vasodilation, Vomiting, Weakness, Increase in red blood cell count, Decreased white blood cell count

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Expert advice

Do not start or continue the cefaclor and consult your doctor:
  • If you have diarrhea, stomach infection, or a blood clotting disorder.
  • If you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant or are breast feeding.
  • If you have a metabolic disorder caused by a deficiency in the production of the liver enzyme phenylalanine (phenylketonuria).
  • If the infection is not found to be because of bacteria or when it is used for prevention of infection.

Frequently asked questions



Is cefaclor or Ceclor penicillin, cephalosporin, or sulfa drug?
Cefaclor or Ceclor (brand name for cefaclor) does not contain sulfa and is not a penicillin drug. It is a cephalosporin antibiotic


Is cefaclor the same as cephalexin or Keflex?
Both cefaclor and cephalexin belongs to the different class, i.e. cephalexin or Keflex (brand name for cephalexin) is first generation cephalosporin whereas cefaclor is second generation cephalosporin. Their effect may vary upon individual conditions or response


Can I take paracetamol or Panadol with cefaclor?
You can take paracetamol or Panadol (brand name for paracetamol) with cefaclor

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Does cefaclor affect birth control or affect the contraceptive pill?
Cefaclor can affect the birth control effect of contraceptive pill


Is cefaclor safe for Glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD)?
Yes, cefaclor can be used in patients with G6PD deficiency. Please consult your doctor before use


Does cefaclor treat chlamydia?
No, cefaclor is not effective in treatment of chlamydia infection.

Content on this page was last updated on 13 February, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)