cefaclor, Raniclor (cont.)

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

PRESCRIBED FOR: Cefaclor is effective against susceptible bacteria that cause infections of the middle ear, tonsillitis, throat infections, laryngitis, bronchitis, and pneumonia. It also is used in treating urinary tract infections, and skin infections.

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

DRUG INTERACTIONS: Aluminum or magnesium containing antacids reduce the absorption of cefaclor from the intestine. Separating the administration of cefaclor and such antacids by one hour prevents this interaction.

PREGNANCY: There are no adequate studies of cefaclor in pregnant women.

NURSING MOTHERS: Small amounts of cefaclor are secreted in breast milk. The effects of this small amount on the infant is unknown.

SIDE EFFECTS: Cefaclor is generally well tolerated, and side effects usually are transient. Reported side effects include rash, fever, joint pain and arthritis, abnormal liver tests, jaundice, vaginitis, itching, nervousness, insomnia, and hallucinations.



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