Cefaclor is an antibiotic drug to treat various diseases caused by bacterial infections, ranging from sore throat (pharyngitis) to urinary tract infections. Cefaclor is available as tablets, capsules, and dry syrup, which can be purchased with a prescription.

Bacteria need a cell wall to survive. Cefaclor works by blocking the formation of bacterial cell walls and activating enzymes that can damage them. That way, cefachlor can kill bacteria and treat infections.

Keep in mind that cefachlor cannot treat viral infections, such as the flu. You need to consult with a doctor first to determine whether the complaint you are experiencing can be treated with cefachlor.

Cefaclor trademarks: Capabiotic 500, Cloracef 250, Forifek, Forifek forte, and Medikoncef.

What is Cefaclor

class Prescription drug
Category Second generation cephalosporin antibiotics
Benefit Treating bacterial infections
Consumed by Adults and children >1 month old
Cefaclor for pregnant and lactating women Category B: Animal studies have not demonstrated a risk to the fetus, but there are no controlled studies in pregnant women.

Cefachlor is absorbed into breast milk. If you are breastfeeding, do not use this medication without consulting your doctor first.

Drug form Tablets, capsules, dry syrup

Warning Before Consuming Cefaclor

Indiscriminate use of cefaclor carries a risk of recurrent infection and is more difficult to treat. Therefore, you need to pay attention to the following points before starting to take cefaclor:

  • Do not take cefaclor if you are allergic to this drug or to other cephalosporin antibiotics, such as cephalexin or cefuroxime .
  • Tell your doctor about any allergies you have before using cefaclor, including an allergy to penicillin.
  • Tell your doctor if you have or currently have kidney disease , urinary incontinence, bleeding disorders, or digestive problems, especially colitis .
  • Inform your doctor if you are undergoing dialysis procedures.
  • Tell your doctor if you are taking any other medications, including supplements and herbal products, to anticipate drug interactions.
  • Talk to your doctor about using cefaclor if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
  • Tell your doctor that you are taking cefaclor before having any medical procedures, especially checking for sugar in your urine.
  • Tell your doctor if you plan to have any vaccinations while using this medicine. Cefaclor can inhibit the effectiveness of live bacterial vaccines, such as typhoid vaccine.
  • Immediately see a doctor if you experience an allergic reaction to the drug and overdose after taking cefaclor.

Dosage and Rules for Use Cefac l or

The dose of cefachlor depends on the patient's age and the type and severity of the infectious disease. The following are bacterial infections that can be treated with cefachlor:

  • Pharyngitis
  • Urinary tract infection
  • Kidney infection
  • Respiratory tract infections, including pneumonia
  • Tonsillitis
  • Ear infections, such as otitis media
  • Skin infection

To overcome the above bacterial infection, the doctor will give cefaclor in the following doses:

  • Adult: 250–500 mg, 3 times daily every 8 hours. Dosage may be doubled if the infection is severe or difficult to treat. The maximum dose is 4,000 mg per day.
  • Children aged > 1 month : 20 mg/kg body weight per day which is divided into 2-3 times consumption. Dosage may be increased to 40 mg/kg body weight per day for severe or difficult to treat infections. The maximum dose is 1,000 mg per day.

How to Consume Cefac l or Correctly

Follow your doctor 's instructions and read the information on the medicine package before taking cefaclor. Do not reduce or increase the dose taken without the doctor's approval.

Cefaclor can be taken before or after meals. If heartburn occurs, cefaclor should be taken with or immediately after meals. Swallow cefaclor tablets or capsules with water. Avoid opening capsules or splitting tablets unless authorized by a doctor.

Cefaclor in dry syrup form is usually a powder that needs to be mixed with water before use. Mix the powder with water according to the dosage listed on the medicine package. Shake the bottle before taking the medicine. If you have one, use a measuring spoon for an accurate dose.

If you forget to take cefaclor, take this medicine as soon as you remember. However, if your next schedule is near, ignore the missed dose and do not double the next dose.

Do not stop using cefachlor before the specified time even though the condition has improved. Stopping antibiotics prematurely can cause the infection to recur and be more difficult to treat due to antibiotic resistance .

Store cefachlor tablets or capsules in their packaging in a cool, dry place. For cefachlor in the form of a syrup, store the drug in the refrigerator. Discard any leftover cefaclor syrup after 14 days of opening the bottle. Avoid exposure to direct sunlight and keep it out of reach of children.

Cefaclor Interactions with Other Drugs a

Cefaclor has the potential to cause interactions when used with certain drugs. Here are some interactions that can occur:

  • Increases the risk of side effects of cefachlor when used with probenecid
  • Increased risk of bleeding when used with warfarin
  • Decreases the effectiveness of vaccines made from live bacteria, such as typhoid vaccine and BCG vaccine , when used concomitantly with cefaclor

Cefaclor Side Effects and Dangers

Some of the side effects that can appear after taking cefaclor are:

  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Gastric pains
  • Diarrhea
  • Headache
  • Vaginal itching or discharge (long-term or repeated use)

Check with your doctor if these side effects don't go away or get worse. Stop using cefachlor and see a doctor immediately if you experience an allergic drug reaction or more serious side effects, such as:

  • Bloody diarrhea and stomach cramps
  • Unexplained bruising or bleeding
  • Constant tingling , numbness, muscle weakness
  • Joint pain that is more severe than usual
  • New infection, which can be characterized by fever or chills
  • seizures
  • Dark urine
  • Yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes
  • dazed
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