GENERIC NAME: CEFACLOR SUSTAINED-ACTION TABLET - ORAL (SEF-a-klor)
USES: This medication is a cephalosporin-type antibiotic used to treat a wide variety of bacterial infections (e.g., skin and respiratory tract infections). It works by stopping the growth of bacteria.This antibiotic only treats bacterial infections. It will not work for viral infections (e.g., common cold, flu). Unnecessary use or overuse of any antibiotic can lead to its decreased effectiveness.
HOW TO USE: Take this medication by mouth with a meal, usually every 12 hours, or as directed by your doctor. Swallow this medication and then drink a full glass of water (8 ounces or 240 milliliters). Do not crush or chew this medication. Doing so can release all of the drug at once, increasing the risk of side effects. Also, do not split the tablets unless they have a score line and your doctor or pharmacist tells you to do so. Swallow the whole or split tablet without crushing or chewing.Antibiotics work best when the amount of medicine in your body is kept at a constant level. Therefore, take this drug at evenly spaced intervals.Continue to take this medication until the full-prescribed amount is finished even if symptoms disappear after a few days. Stopping this medication too early may allow bacteria to continue to grow, which may result in a relapse of the infection.Antacids may decrease the absorption of this medication. If you use antacids, take them at least 1 hour apart from this drug.Inform your doctor if your condition persists or worsens.
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