Cefaclor

Cefaclor is an antibiotic that treats infections. Even if you feel better, do not stop taking the medication.

Cefaclor Overview

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Cefaclor is a prescription medication used to treat certain infections of the ears, throat, lungs, skin, and urinary tract.  Cefaclor belongs to a group of drugs called cephalosporin antibiotics. These work by stopping the growth of bacteria.

This medication comes as a capsule, extended-release (long-acting) tablet, and a suspension (liquid) to take by mouth. The capsules are usually taken three times a day.  The liquid is usually taken two to three times a day.  The long-acting tablet is usually taken every 12 hours within one hour of eating.  Do not chew, divide, or break cefaclor extended-release tablets.  Swallow cefaclor extended-release tablets whole.

Common side effects of cefaclor include headache, diarrhea, and nausea.

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  • Other
  • Bacterial Infections
  • Bone Diseases, Infectious
  • Bronchitis
  • Escherichia Coli Infections
  • Haemophilus Infections
  • Klebsiella Infections
  • Otitis Media
  • Pharyngitis
  • Pneumonia, Bacterial
  • Proteus Infections
  • Skin Diseases, Bacterial
  • Soft Tissue Infections
  • Staphylococcal Infections
  • Streptococcal Infections
  • Urinary Tract Infections

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Uses of Cefaclor

Cefaclor is a prescription medication used to treat infections of the ears, throat, lungs, skin, and urinary tract.

This medication may be prescribed for other uses.  Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

Cefaclor Brand Names

Cefaclor may be found in some form under the following brand names:

Cefaclor Drug Class

Cefaclor is part of the drug class:

Side Effects of Cefaclor

Serious side effects have been reported with cefaclor.  See the "Drug Precautions" section.

Common side effects of cefaclor include the following:

  • headache
  • itching
  • diarrhea
  • nausea
  • stomach pain
  • cough
  • inflammation of the vagina

This is not a complete list of cefaclor side effects.  Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

Tell your doctor if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away.

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.  You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.