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Cefaclor (Generic Ceclor)
What is Cefaclor?
Cefaclor is an antibiotic medication used to treat bacterial infections. It belongs to the antibiotic class of cephalosporins, which also includes medications such as cephalexin and cefadroxil.
Cefaclor is available as a capsule, liquid suspension, and extended-release tablet. Its brand name is Ceclor.
Cefaclor is considered a broad-spectrum antibiotic, meaning it is able to treat a wide range of bacterial infections. This can make it an appealing treatment option when an illness can have multiple potential bacterial causes or if a doctor suspects more than one strain is causing your condition.
How Does Cefaclor Work?
Cefaclor works by impairing the bonds holding the bacterial cell wall together. The cell wall is the outside membrane of the bacteria, which maintains pressure within the bacteria’s cell. Cefaclor causes holes to appear in the cell walls, and as the holes build up, the pressure inside the cell builds until the membrane bursts, killing the bacteria.
What Is Cefaclor Used For?
Cefaclor is used to treat many bacterial infections, some of which include:
- skin infections
- bladder infections
- ear infections
- respiratory tract infections
This list is incomplete, and cefaclor may be prescribed to treat infections not included.
Side Effects of Cefaclor
Common side effects of cefaclor include diarrhea and vaginal itching or discharge.
There are also some serious side effects of cefaclor, which include:
- joint pain
- swollen glands
- severe stomach pain
- bloody or water diarrhea
If you experience any of these side effects, contact a medical professional.
Some people who take cefaclor may experience an allergic reaction, which has symptoms that can include numbness or tingling, hives, feeling light-headed, weakness, swelling of the lips, face, throat, or tongue, and difficulty breathing. If you exhibit any of these symptoms while taking cefaclor, seek immediate medical attention.
Cefaclor is not recommended for anyone allergic to it or similar antibiotics, such as cefprozil (Cefzil), cefdinir (Omnicef), cephalexin (Keflex), and cefuroxime (Ceftin), among others. Also, inform your doctor if you have an allergy to penicillin, a stomach or intestinal disorder, or kidney disease before taking cefaclor.
How to Take Cefaclor?
When taking any prescription medication, it is essential to follow all instructions provided by your doctor, including the dosage and dosing schedule. You should also continue taking cefaclor for the complete duration, even if you begin to feel better. Discontinuing cefaclor too soon increases the risk of a repeat infection or an even more severe illness.
The dosage of cefaclor prescribed by your doctor will depend on many factors, such as your age, the type and severity of your condition, and what other medical conditions you have.
Cefaclor can be taken with or without food. If you experience an upset stomach while taking cefaclor, taking it with food, or within 30 minutes of eating, may help ease these symptoms.
For those taking the extended-release tablet, do not crush, break, or chew it—swallow the tablet whole. Those taking the capsule can open it, but if you do so, you must mix the contents with a liquid or applesauce and take the mixture right away.
The tablets and capsules should be stored at room temperature and away from heat and moisture. As for the liquid suspension, store it in the refrigerator and dispose of any medication that has not been used within 14 days.
If you miss a dose of cefaclor, take the missed dose as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose. Do not take two doses at once to make up for a missed dose as it is possible to overdose on cefaclor, with symptoms that include vomiting, nausea, diarrhea, and stomach pain. If you think you have overdosed, contact your doctor.
Frequently Asked Questions About Cefaclor
What Should You Avoid While Taking Cefaclor?
Cefaclor can interact with other medications, vitamins, and supplements. Because of this, telling your doctor about everything you are taking is important.
Taking cefaclor with medications such as warfarin and other blood thinners can increase your risk of side effects from the drugs. For example, with warfarin, taking it alongside cefaclor can increase your risk of bleeding.
Taking cefaclor with certain medications can also increase the risk of side effects from cefaclor. For example, taking probenecid with cefaclor can increase your risk of stomach problems.
Excessive or regular consumption of alcohol could also increase the risk of side effects or interfere with the efficacy of Cefaclor.
The mentioned things above are simply some of the potential interactions to watch out for and there may be other medications or substances that could interact negatively with this medication.
Be sure to discuss any and all medications, vitamins, and supplements with your doctor before taking cefaclor.
What Is the Most Common Side Effect of Cefaclor?
The most common side effect of cefaclor is diarrhea. This can range from mild to severe, so if you experience any discomfort it is recommended that you speak with your doctor or pharmacist about your condition. Other common side effects include:
- Abdominal pain
What Is the Typical Dosage for Cefaclor?
The exact dosage of cefaclor will depend on various factors, such as the type and severity of your infection, your age, the specific formulation of cefaclor used, and any other medical conditions you may have.
You should speak with your healthcare provider for specific dosing instructions based on your individual needs.
Can You Get Cefaclor Over-The-Counter (OTC)?
No, cefaclor is not available over-the-counter. It’s only available with a prescription from a licensed healthcare provider.
Can I Get Cefaclor Online?
Yes, you can receive an online prescription for cefaclor through DrHouse. Our licensed physicians can conduct virtual consultations and prescribe cefaclor if deemed appropriate after reviewing your medical history and current condition.
For more detailed information about Cefaclor, you can refer to the following sources:
- Cefaclor prescription label, Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
- Cefaclor, Drugs.com.
- Cefaclor, MedlinePlus.
The content on this page has been medically reviewed for accuracy and comprehensiveness by Amy Dougherty, FNP-BC, AGAC
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Frequently asked questions
Can I Get a New Prescription or Refill an Existing One Through DrHouse?
Yes, you can get a new prescription or refill an existing one online through DrHouse. You just need to start a consultation with one of our licensed providers and they will be able to assess your needs and provide you with a prescription if necessary.
Please note that the final decision always rests with the doctor based on their professional judgment and your health needs.
What Medications Can't be Prescribed Online By DrHouse?
There are certain medications that cannot be prescribed online by DrHouse physicians due to safety reasons. These include controlled substances, such as opioids and other narcotics, as well as drugs with a high potential for abuse or dependence. DrHouse physicians also don’t prescribe Gabapentin, medical marijuana, muscle relaxants, and HRT medications.
How Do I Get an Online Prescription from DrHouse?
With DrHouse getting a new prescription or a refill for your current Rx is a straightforward and quick process. All you need to do is follow a few easy steps:
- Download the DrHouse telehealth app on your mobile device.
- Create an account by providing basic information and medical history.
- Start an on-demand virtual video consultation with one of our licensed physicians.
- Discuss your medical needs and concerns with one of our physicians.
- A doctor will review your medical history, symptoms, and current medications (if any) to determine if an online prescription is appropriate for you.
- If a physician approves, they will electronically send a new prescription or refill request to the pharmacy of your choice.
- Pick up your medication from the pharmacy.
DrHouse makes it easy for you to get an online prescription from the comfort of your own home. No more waiting in line at the doctor’s office or pharmacy, and no need to take time off work to see a doctor. Our telehealth platform allows you to access quality medical care from anywhere with an internet connection.
For more information about how our telehealth platform works visit our “How DrHouse Works” page.
What Will My Appointment for a New Prescription or Refill Look Like?
During your virtual consultation with a DrHouse physician, you will have the opportunity to discuss your medical needs and concerns.
The consultation will consist of a video call where a physician will assess your medical history and ask you questions about your symptoms and any other relevant information. This is to ensure that a physician has all the necessary information to make an informed decision about your prescription.
You can also ask any questions or clarify any doubts you may have about your condition or medication. Our physicians are happy to address any concerns you may have.
Once a physician has assessed your needs, they will determine if and what type of prescription is appropriate for you. If a new prescription or refill is approved, a doctor will send it electronically to your chosen pharmacy.
How Long Does It Get To Get a Prescription Online With DrHouse?
With our on-demand telehealth service, you have the opportunity to see the first available doctor in as little as 10 to 15 minutes. However, the exact consult time will depend on the complexity of your case and the thoroughness required by the healthcare provider to make an informed decision.
Is It Safe to Get an Online Prescription from DrHouse?
Absolutely, it is safe to get an online prescription from DrHouse. We are committed to ensuring the highest standards of patient safety and privacy.
All our providers are highly qualified US-based physicians and often affiliated with major hospitals. They are board-certified and from the top U.S. medical schools with an average of 20 years of experience.
We strictly adhere to HIPAA regulations, ensuring your personal and medical information is kept secure and confidential. Also, we comply with all applicable state and federal laws related to telehealth and the prescribing of medications.
Therefore, you can rest assured knowing that your safety and privacy are our top priorities when you use DrHouse’s services.
How Much Does DrHouse Cost?
DrHouse strives to provide accessible and affordable telehealth services. DrHouse urgent care, primary care, and specialist visits are $129 or your copay. This includes everything from your initial consultation through to the prescription of your medication.
The cost of a doctor’s visit may be covered fully by your insurance. A typical copay is around $25. We recommend checking with your insurance provider to understand the extent of your coverage for telehealth services.
To learn more about how much DrHouse costs, visit our pricing page
Does DrHouse Accept Insurance?
Yes, DrHouse accepts most major insurances, including Blue Cross Blue Shield, Aetna, and Medicare. The extent of coverage may vary depending on your individual plan.
What Is DrHouse’s Prescription Refill Policy?
Our physicians are able to prescribe up to a 90-day prescription without labs for any previously prescribed medication if it’s medically appropriate and is not classified as a controlled substance.
DrHouse physicians also don’t prescribe Gabapentin, medical marijuana, muscle relaxants, and HRT medications.
DrHouse physicians use their medical judgment to determine whether to prescribe and the duration.
In certain cases, the prescription may be limited to 30 days or less. There also may be a 12-month cap for some prescriptions without labs. For medications requiring annual monitoring (such as blood work or imaging), the maximum prescription limit is 90 days within a year without labs.
DrHouse physicians can refer patients to labs for longer prescription periods or refills.