Generic name: CefaclorBrand names: Ceclor
Ceclor, a cephalosporin antibiotic, is used in the treatment of ear, nose, throat, respiratory tract, urinary tract, and skin infections caused by specific bacteria, including staph, strep, and E. coli. Uses include treatment of sore or strep throat, pneumonia, and tonsillitis. Ceclor CD, an extended release form of the drug, is also used for flare-ups of chronic bronchitis.
If you are allergic to either penicillin or cephalosporin antibiotics in any form, consult your doctor before taking Ceclor. There is a possibility that you are allergic to both types of medication; and if a reaction occurs, it could be extremely severe. If you take the drug and feel signs of a reaction, seek medical attention immediately.
Your doctor will only prescribe Ceclor to treat a bacterial infection; it will not cure a viral infection, such as the common cold. It's important to take the full dosage schedule of Ceclor, even if you're feeling better in a few days. Not completing the full dosage schedule may decrease the drug's effectiveness and increase the chances that the bacteria may become resistant to Ceclor and similar antibiotics.
Ceclor works fastest when taken on an empty stomach. However, your doctor may ask you to take Ceclor with food to avoid stomach upset.
Ceclor CD should be taken with meals or at least within 1 hour of eating because it's better absorbed with food. Do not cut, crush, or chew the tablets.
Ceclor suspension should be shaken well before using.
Refrigerate Ceclor suspension. Discard any unused portion after 14 days.
Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, inform your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking Ceclor.
If you are sensitive to or have ever had an allergic reaction to Ceclor or any other cephalosporin antibiotic, you should not take Ceclor. Make sure your doctor is aware of any drug reactions you have experienced.
Unless you are directed to do so by your doctor, do not take Ceclor if you have a history of gastrointestinal problems, particularly bowel inflammation (colitis). You may be at increased risk for side effects.
Ceclor may cause a false positive result with some urine sugar tests for diabetics. Your doctor can advise you of any adjustments you may need to make in your medication or diet.
Ceclor occasionally causes diarrhea. Some diarrhea medications can make this diarrhea worse. Check with your doctor before taking any diarrhea remedy.
Oral contraceptives may not work properly while you are taking Ceclor. For greater certainty, use other measures while taking Ceclor.
If Ceclor is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Ceclor with the following:Antacids containing magnesium or aluminum (interact with Ceclor CD only)Certain antibiotics such as amikacinCertain potent diuretics such as ethacrynic acid and furosemideProbenecidWarfarin
The effects of Ceclor during pregnancy have not been adequately studied. If you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant, Ceclor should be used only under special circumstances. Ceclor appears in breast milk and could affect a nursing infant. If Ceclor is essential to your health, your doctor may advise you to stop nursing your baby until your treatment with Ceclor is finished.
The usual adult dose is 250 milligrams every 8 hours. For more severe infections (such as pneumonia), your doctor may increase the dosage.
The usual daily dosage is 20 milligrams per 2.2 pounds of body weight per day divided into smaller doses and taken every 8 or 12 hours. In more serious infections, such as middle ear infection, the usual dose is 40 milligrams per 2.2 pounds of body weight per day divided into smaller doses. The total daily dose should not exceed 1 gram.
The usual dose is 500 milligrams every 12 hours for 7 days.
Adults: Sore throat, Tonsillitis, and Skin Infections
The usual dose is 375 milligrams every 12 hours for 10 days (sore throat and tonsillitis) or 7 to 10 days (skin infections).
Safety and effectiveness of Ceclor CD in children under age 16 have not been established.
If other symptoms are present, they may be related to an allergic reaction or other underlying disease. In any case, you should contact your doctor or an emergency room immediately.