cefaclor, Raniclor (cont.)

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Medical and Pharmacy Editor:

SIDE EFFECTS: Cefaclor is generally well tolerated, and side effects usually are transient. Reported side effects include:

Cefaclor should be avoided by patients with known allergy to cephalosporin type antibiotics. Since cefaclor is chemically related to penicillin, patients allergic to penicillin can have an allergic reaction (sometimes even anaphylaxis) if given cefaclor. Treatment with cefaclor and other antibiotics can alter the normal bacteria flora of the colon and permit overgrowth of C. difficile, a bacteria responsible for pseudomembranous colitis. Patients who develop pseudomembranous colitis as a result of antibiotics treatment can experience diarrhea, abdominal pain, fever, and sometimes even shock.

PRESCRIPTION: Yes

GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes

PREPARATIONS: Tablets (chewable): 125, 187, 250, and 375 mg. Capsules: 250 and 500 mg. Oral Suspension: 125, 187, 250, and 375 mg/5ml.

STORAGE: Capsules should be stored at room temperature, 59 F - 86 F (15 C - 30 C) in a tightly closed container. The oral suspension should be stored in the refrigerator in a tightly closed container.

DOSING: The usual adult dose of cefaclor is 250-500 mg every 8 hours or 375-500 mg every 12 hours.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 5/28/2015


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