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    Information about Cefaclor

    Cefaclor uses

    Cefaclor is used in the treatment of bacterial infections. It is used in serious bacterial infections of various body parts like urinary tract, skin and soft-tissue, blood, brain and lungs (pneumonia). It is also used to prevent infections after surgery.

    How cefaclor works

    Cefaclor is an antibiotic. It kills bacteria by preventing them from forming the bacterial protective covering (cell wall) which is needed for them to survive.

    Common side effects of cefaclor

    Rash, Vomiting, Allergic reaction, Nausea, Injection site reaction, Increased liver enzymes, Diarrhea
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    Dr. Sakshi Sharma
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    MD (Pharmacology), MBBS
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    Expert advice for Cefaclor

    • Your doctor has prescribed Cefaclor to cure your infection and improve your symptoms.
    • Do not skip any doses and finish the full course of treatment even if you feel better. Stopping it early may make the infection come back and harder to treat.
    • Take it with food to avoid an upset stomach.
    • Diarrhea may occur as a side effect but should stop when your course is complete. Inform your doctor if it does not  stop or if you find blood in your stools.
    • Avoid consuming alcohol while taking Cefaclor as it may cause increased side effects.
    • Discontinue Cefaclor and inform your doctor immediately if you get a rash, itchy skin, swelling of face and mouth, or have difficulty in breathing.

    Frequently asked questions for Cefaclor


    Q. Can I take paracetamol with Cefaclor?

    Yes, you can take Paracetamol while using Cefaclor.

    Q. Can the use of Cefaclor cause diarrhea?

    Yes, the use of Cefaclor can cause diarrhea. It is an antibiotic which kills the harmful bacteria. However, it also affects the helpful bacteria in your stomach or intestine and causes diarrhea. If diarrhea persists, talk to your doctor about it.

    Q. What if Cefaclor doesn't work for me?

    Talk to your doctor if Cefaclor doesn't seem to work for you. Your doctor may increase the dose of Cefaclor or switch you to an alternate option, which may work for you.

    Q. How long does Cefaclor take to work?

    Usually, Cefaclor starts working soon after taking it. However, it may take some days to kill all the harmful bacteria and make you feel better.

    Q. Can I stop taking Cefaclor when my symptoms are relieved?

    No, do not stop taking Cefaclor and complete the full course of treatment even if you feel better. Your symptoms may improve before the infection is completely cured.

    Content on this page was last updated on 18 February, 2020, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)