Distaclor / Distaclor MR

  • Before taking cefaclor, make sure your doctor knows if you have ever had an allergic reaction to any other antibiotic.
  • Take cefaclor at regular intervals and complete the course your doctor has prescribed for you.

About cefaclor

Type of medicine Cephalosporin antibiotic
Used for Infections such as urinary-tract, chest, and ear infections
Also called Distaclor®
Distaclor® MR
Available as Capsules, modified-release tablets and oral liquid

Cefaclor is a broad spectrum antibiotic which means it is active against a wide variety of bacteria. It treats infections by killing or stopping the growth of the bacteria that cause them.

Before taking cefaclor

Before taking cefaclor make sure your doctor or pharmacist knows:

  • If you are pregnant or breast-feeding.
  • If you have kidney problems.
  • If you are taking other medicines, including those available to buy without a prescription, herbal or complementary medicines.
  • If you have ever had an allergic reaction to this or any other medicine. It is particularly important that you tell your doctor if you are allergic to any other antibiotics.

How to take cefaclor

  • Before beginning treatment, read the manufacturer's printed information leaflet from inside the pack.
  • Take cefaclor exactly as your doctor has told you.
  • If you have been given modified-release tablets (Distaclor MR®) these should be swallowed whole with or soon after a meal. Do not chew these tablets.
  • Take cefaclor at regular intervals and complete the prescribed course. It is important to take the full course (even if you feel your infection has cleared up) to prevent the infection from coming back.
  • Try to take cefaclor at the same times each day to avoid missing any doses.
  • If you forget to take a dose, take it as soon as you remember unless it is nearly time for your next dose, in which case leave out the missed dose. Do not take two doses together to make up for a forgotten dose.

Getting the most from your treatment

  • Some people develop thrush (redness and itching in the mouth or vagina) after taking a course of antibiotics. If you think you have thrush speak with your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
  • If you are using oral combined hormonal contraception (the 'pill'), additional contraceptive precautions such as condoms are not required during a course of this antibiotic unless you are sick or have diarrhoea. If you need further advice, speak with your doctor or pharmacist.
  • If you are having an operation or dental treatment, tell the person carrying out the treatment that you are taking cefaclor.
  • This antibiotic may stop the oral typhoid vaccine from working. If you are having any vaccinations, make sure the person treating you knows that you are taking this medicine.
  • If you buy any medicines, check with a pharmacist that they are safe to take with cefaclor.

Can cefaclor cause problems?

Along with their useful effects, most medicines can cause unwanted side-effects although not everyone experiences them. These usually improve as your body adjusts to the new medicine, but speak with your doctor or pharmacist if any of the following side-effects continue or become troublesome.

Common side-effects What can I do if I experience this
Diarrhoea Drink plenty of water to replace lost fluids. If the diarrhoea is severe or lasts for more than 24 hours, see your doctor
Feeling or being sick, stomach ache Eat little and often and stick to simple or bland foods
Headache Ask your pharmacist to recommend a suitable painkiller. If the headache continues, speak with your doctor
Dizziness Make sure your reactions are normal before driving, operating machinery or doing any other jobs that could be dangerous if you were not fully alert
Thrush, skin rash and itching Speak with your doctor or pharmacist for advice

Important: If you experience any of the following symptoms, stop taking cefaclor and contact your doctor for advice straight away:

  • A severe skin rash.
  • Jaundice, fever, and pain in your joints.
  • Swelling of your tongue, mouth, or face.
  • Severe diarrhoea.

If you experience any other symptoms which you think may be due to this medicine, speak with your doctor or pharmacist.

How to store cefaclor

  • Keep all medicines out of the reach and sight of children.
  • Store cefaclor tablets and capsules in a cool, dry place, away from direct heat and light.
  • Store cefaclor oral liquid in a refrigerator and do not use it after the expiry date shown on the label.