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Pronounced: SEE-klor
Generic name: Cefaclor

Why is this drug prescribed: 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.

Most important fact about this drug: 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.

How should you take this medication: Take this medication exactly as prescribed. It is important that you finish taking all of this medication to obtain the maximum benefit. Ceclor works fastest when taken on an empty stomach. However, your doctor may ask you to take this drug 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. ---If you miss a dose... Take it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and go back to your regular schedule. Never take 2 doses at the same time. ---Storage instructions... Keep Ceclor capsules in the container they came in, tightly closed. Store at room temperature. Refrigerate Ceclor suspension. Discard any unused portion after 14 days.

What side effects may occur: 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. More common side effects of Ceclor may include: Diarrhea, hives, itching Less common or rare side effects of Ceclor may include: Blood disorders (an increase in certain types of white blood cells), liver disorders, nausea, severe allergic reactions (including swelling, weakness, breathing difficulty, or fainting), skin rashes accompanied by joint pain, vaginal inflammation, vomiting More common side effects of Ceclor CD may include: Diarrhea, headache, nasal inflammation, nausea Less common or rare side effects of Ceclor CD may include: Abdominal pain, accidental injury, anxiety, asthma, back pain, bronchitis, chest pain, chills, congestive heart failure, conjunctivitis (pinkeye), constipation, dizziness, ear pain or infection, fever, fluid retention with swelling, flu symptoms, gas, hives, increased cough, indigestion, infection, inflamed sinuses, insomnia, itching, joint pain, loss of appetite, lung problems, menstrual problems, muscle pain, nausea, neck pain, nervousness, rash, sleepiness, sore throat, sweating, throbbing heartbeat, tremor, urinary problems, vaginal inflammation or infection, vague feeling of illness, vomiting Other problems have been reported in patients taking Ceclor, although it is not known whether the drug was the cause. Check with your doctor if you suspect a side effect.

Why should this drug not be prescribed: If you are sensitive to or have ever had an allergic reaction to Ceclor or any other cephalosporin antibiotic, you should not take this medication. 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 this medication if you have a history of gastrointestinal problems, particularly bowel inflammation (colitis). You may be at increased risk for side effects.

Special warnings about this medication: 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.

Possible food and drug interactions when taking this medication: 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, including Gelusil, Maalox, and Mylanta (interact with Ceclor CD only) Certain antibiotics such as Amikin Certain potent diuretics such as Edecrin and Lasix Probenecid (Benemid) Warfarin (Coumadin)

Special information if you are pregnant or breastfeeding: The effects of Ceclor during pregnancy have not been adequately studied. If you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant, this drug should be used only under special circumstances. Ceclor appears in breast milk and could affect a nursing infant. If this medication is essential to your health, your doctor may advise you to stop nursing your baby until your treatment with Ceclor is finished.

Recommended dosage: Adults: The usual adult dose is 250 milligrams every 8 hours. For more severe infections (such as pneumonia), your doctor may increase the dosage. Children: 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.

Overdosage: Symptoms of Ceclor overdose may include: Diarrhea, nausea, stomach upset, vomiting 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.

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