Generic Name: cefaclor (CEF a klor)Brand Names: Raniclor
Cefaclor is in a group of drugs called cephalosporin (SEF a low spor in) antibiotics. It works by fighting bacteria in your body.
Cefaclor is used to treat many different types of infections caused by bacteria.
Cefaclor may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide.
Before taking this medication, tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs (especially penicillin). Also tell your doctor if you have kidney disease or a history of intestinal problems.Take this medication for the entire length of time prescribed by your doctor. Your symptoms may get better before the infection is completely treated. Cefaclor will not treat a viral infection such as the common cold or flu.
Antibiotic medicines can cause diarrhea, which may be a sign of a new infection. If you have diarrhea that is watery or has blood in it, call your doctor. Do not use any medicine to stop the diarrhea unless your doctor has told you to.What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking Raniclor (cefaclor)?Do not take this medication if you are allergic to cefaclor or to other cephalosporin antibiotics, such as:
cephalexin (Keflex); or
cephradine (Velosef); and others.
Before taking cefaclor, tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs (especially penicillins), or if you have:
kidney disease (or if you are on dialysis); or
a history of intestinal problems, such as colitis.
If you have any of these conditions, you may need a dose adjustment or special tests to safely take cefaclor.FDA pregnancy category B. This medication is not expected to be harmful to an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment. Cefaclor may pass into breast milk and could harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
The cefaclor suspension (liquid) contains sucrose. Talk to your doctor before using this form of cefaclor if you have diabetes.
Take this medication exactly as it was prescribed for you. Do not take the medication in larger amounts, or take it for longer than recommended by your doctor. Follow the directions on your prescription label.Take this medicine with a full glass of water. Cefaclor works best if you take it with a meal or within 30 minutes of a meal.
The cefaclor chewable tablet must be chewed before you swallow it.Do not crush, chew, or break an extended-release tablet. Swallow the pill whole. Breaking the pill may cause too much of the drug to be released at one time. Shake the oral suspension (liquid) well just before you measure a dose. To be sure you get the correct dose, measure the liquid with a marked measuring spoon or medicine cup, not with a regular table spoon. If you do not have a dose-measuring device, ask your pharmacist for one.
This medication can cause you to have false results with certain medical tests, including urine glucose (sugar) tests. Tell any doctor who treats you that you are using cefaclor.Take cefaclor for the entire length of time prescribed by your doctor. Your symptoms may get better before the infection is completely treated. Cefaclor will not treat a viral infection such as the common cold or flu. Store the tablets and capsules at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Store cefaclor oral liquid in the refrigerator. Do not allow it to freeze. Throw away any unused medication that is older than 14 days.
Take the medication as soon as you remember the missed dose. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and use the medicine at your next regularly scheduled time. Do not use extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
Overdose symptoms may include nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, and diarrhea.
Antibiotic medicines can cause diarrhea, which may be a sign of a new infection. If you have diarrhea that is watery or has blood in it, call your doctor. Do not use any medicine to stop the diarrhea unless your doctor has told you to.
diarrhea that is watery or bloody;
easy bruising or bleeding, severe tingling, numbness, pain, muscle weakness;
pale or yellowed skin, dark colored urine, fever, confusion or weakness;
jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes);
fever, chills, body aches, flu symptoms, swollen glands, rash or itching, joint pain, or general ill feeling;
fever, sore throat, and headache with a severe blistering, peeling, and red skin rash; or
increased thirst, loss of appetite, swelling, weight gain, feeling short of breath, urinating less than usual or not at all.
Less serious side effects may include:
nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, mild diarrhea;
stiff or tight muscles;
feeling restless or hyperactive;
unusual or unpleasant taste in your mouth;
mild itching or skin rash;
dizziness, drowsiness; or
vaginal itching or discharge.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Tell your doctor about any unusual or bothersome side effect. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Before taking cefaclor, tell your doctor if you are using any of the following medicines:
probenecid (Benemid); or
a blood thinner such as warfarin (Coumadin);
This list is not complete and there may be other drugs that can interact with cefaclor. Tell your doctor about all the prescription and over-the-counter medications you use. This includes vitamins, minerals, herbal products, and drugs prescribed by other doctors. Do not start taking a new medication without telling your doctor.