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Cefaclor - Uses - Dosages - Side Effects - Precautions

Cefaclor: Frequently Asked Questions Answered

What is Cefaclor?

Cefaclor is a cephalosporin-type antibiotic designed to treat various types of bacterial infections. These infections can occur in the ear, skin, urine, lung, throat, and respiratory tract.

This medication is specifically designed to treat only bacterial infections, not viral infections such as flu and the common cold. Overuse of Cefaclor can reduce the infected area’s effectiveness and cause various side effects.

What are the Uses of Cefaclor?

Cefaclor is a part of a class of medications called cephalosporin antibiotics. These antibiotics hamper the growth of the layer that surrounds the bacterial cell wall and stop the spread of infection. It is used against the area infected by either gram-negative or gram-positive bacteria.

These antibiotics are used to treat meningitis, peritonitis, urinary tract infections, septicemia, pneumonia, and biliary tract infections.

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What are the Side Effects of Cefaclor?

Taking the right amount of this medicine can prove advantageous, but overdose can cause a few adverse effects.

The common side effects of Cefaclor are –

  • Sore throat
  • Dark urine
  • Fever
  • Yellowing of the skin or eyes
  • Jaundice
  • Bleeding
  • Easy bruising
  • Mood changes
  • Change in the amount of urine
  • Blood or mucus in your stool
  • Swelling of the face
  • Unusual joint pain
  • Swelling of tongue or throat
  • Diarrhea

 

Frequently Asked Questions about Cefaclor

1. How long does a Cefaclor take to work?

Antibiotics generally start working immediately after their consumption. But in some cases, it might vary depending upon your body type and metabolism. Therefore doctors say that Cefaclor might take one-three days to work and show good results. Take your medications in the correct doses and at the correct time.

2. Is Cefaclor stronger than Amoxicillin?

Amoxicillin is a drug that contains the ingredient Amoxicillin-clavulanate, which helps treat bacterial infections such as the ear, nose, and throat. Whereas, Cefaclor is an antibiotic that stops the growth of bacteria. Cefaclor is less effective in treating acute otitis media. Also, Amoxicillin is a first-line treatment drug that Cefaclor cannot replace.

3. Is Cefaclor a Penicillin?

No, Cefaclor is not a Penicillin, but both are chemically related. Cefaclor, also known as Celcon, is a part of a class of antibiotics, Cephalosporin, which is like cousins to Penicillin. If a person is allergic to this class of antibiotics, they will be allergic to Cefaclor.

4. Are Cephalexin and Cefaclor the same?

Both the Cephalexin and Cefaclor are medicines belonging to the Cephalosporin class. These two antibiotics act upon bacterial infections such as urine, skin, and respiratory tract infections. Therefore, both these antibiotics do the same function and are equally effective in fighting bacteria.

5. Is Cefaclor the same as Augmentin?

Both Ceclor and Augmentin are used to treat bacterial infections. Cefaclor treats more bacterial infections than Augmentin does. However, Augmentin is superior to Cefaclor in treatment but can also show severe side effects in some patients. Consult a doctor to know the right medicine for your bacterial infection.

6. Is Cefaclor still used?

Cefaclor, sold under the name of Celcor, is a second-generation Cephalosporin antibiotic that treats various bacterial infections. A lot of doctors still prescribe this medicine for several bacterial infections. Do not forget to consult a doctor before consuming Cefaclor, as some other type of medicine might work for your condition.

7. Can you take Cefaclor on an empty stomach?

In most cases, Cefaclor is taken with or without food every 8-12 hours (or as prescribed by your doctor). For best results, take this medication in well-managed time frames. If you experience stomach ache or any other related issues, take it after food.

8. Can you drink alcohol with Cefaclor?

While taking antibiotics like Cefaclor, people already experience a few side effects like stomach or digestive issues. Consumption of alcohol with this antibiotic may give more severe side effects like nausea, gastrointestinal issues, etc. Both Cefaclor and alcohol can abstain from digestive functions, coordination, and cooperation.

9. Can pregnant women take Cefaclor?

Cefaclor is considered a category B pregnancy drug. This means that Cefaclor is a safe drug to consume while pregnant. However, consult your doctor before consuming Cefaclor to be on the safer side. He will suggest this medicine only if its benefits exceed side effects.

10. Can I take Cefaclor while breastfeeding?

If you're breastfeeding and simultaneously taking Cefaclor, this causes no adverse effects. Cefaclor may enter your breast milk but will not harm your baby. Usage of Cefaclor while breastfeeding is accepted medically. Furthermore, always reach out to your doctor if you're consuming it.

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