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(sef' a klor)
Before taking cefaclor,
- tell your doctor and pharmacist if you are allergic to cefaclor, other cephalosporin antibiotics such as cefadroxil , cefazolin (Ancef, Kefzol), cefdinir , cefditoren (Spectracef), cefepime (Maxipime), cefixime (Suprax), cefotaxime (Claforan), cefotetan, cefoxitin (Mefoxin), cefpodoxime , cefprozil (Cefzil), ceftaroline (Teflaro), ceftazidime ( Fortaz, Tazicef, in Avycaz), ceftibuten (Cedax), ceftriaxone (Rocephin), cefuroxime (Ceftin, Kefurox, Zinacef), and cephalexin (Keflex); penicillin antibiotics; or any other medications. Also tell your doctor if you are allergic to any of the ingredients in cefaclor capsules, extended release tablets, or suspension. Ask your pharmacist for a list of the ingredients.
- tell your doctor and pharmacist what prescription and nonprescription medications, vitamins, nutritional supplements, and herbal products you are taking or plan to take. Be sure to mention either of the following: anticoagulants ('blood thinners') such as warfarin (Coumadin, Jantoven), and probenecid (Probalan). Your doctor may need to change the doses of your medications or monitor you carefully for side effects.
- tell your doctor if you have or have ever had any kind of allergies, gastrointestinal disease (GI; affecting the stomach or intestines), especially colitis (condition that causes swelling in the lining of the colon [large intestine]), or kidney disease.
- if you are taking antacids that contain magnesium or aluminum, take them 1 hour before or 1 hour after cefaclor extended release tablets.
- tell your doctor if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding. If you become pregnant while taking cefaclor, call your doctor.
- stomach pain
- genital itching
- itching, prickling, burning, or stinging feeling on the skin
- difficulty breathing or swallowing
- swelling of the face, throat, tongue, lips, eyes, arms or legs
- lack of energy, or feeling faint
- joint pain
- watery or bloody stools, stomach cramps, or fever during treatment or for up to two or more months after stopping treatment
- a return of fever, sore throat, chills, or other signs of infection