What is in this leaflet
This leaflet answers some common questions about ACLOR. It does not contain all the available information. It does not take the place of talking to your doctor or pharmacist.
All medicines have risks and benefits. Your doctor has weighed the risks of you taking ACLOR against the benefits they expect it will have for you.
If you have any concerns about taking this medicine, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
Keep this leaflet with the medicine. You may need to read it again.
What ACLOR is used for
ACLOR contains cefaclor monohydrate as the active ingredient.
It is used to treat infections caused by bacteria in different parts of the body, including infections of the:
- ears, nose, throat and tonsils (upper respiratory tract)
- chest and lungs (lower respiratory tract)
- bladder and kidneys (urinary tract)
This medicine belongs to a group of antibiotics called cephalosporins. These antibiotics work by killing the bacteria that are causing your infection.
Ask your doctor if you have any questions about why ACLOR has been prescribed for you. Your doctor may have prescribed it for another reason.
This medicine is only available with a doctor's prescription.
This medicine is not addictive.
Before you take it
When you must not take it
Do not take ACLOR if you have ever had an allergic reaction to:
- any medicine containing cefaclor monohydrate
- other cephalosporins
- any of the ingredients listed at the end of this leaflet
Do not take ACLOR if you have had a serious allergic reaction to penicillin.
Some of the symptoms of an allergic reaction may include:
- shortness of breath
- wheezing or difficulty breathing
- swelling of the face, lips, tongue or other parts of the body
- rash, itching or hives on the skin
Do not give this medicine to a child under the age of one month. Safety and effectiveness in children younger than one month have not been established.
Do not take this medicine after the expiry date printed on the carton and bottle label or if the packaging is torn or shows signs of tampering. If it has expired or is damaged, return it to your pharmacist for disposal.
If you are not sure whether you should start taking this medicine, talk to your doctor.
Before you start to take it
Tell your doctor if you are allergic to any other medicines or any foods, preservatives or dyes.
Tell your doctor if you have or have had any of the following medical conditions:
- kidney disease
- severe bowel conditions
- liver disease
Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant or are breast-feeding. Your doctor can discuss with you the risks and benefits involved.
If you have not told your doctor about any of the above, tell them before you start taking ACLOR.
Taking other medicines
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including any that you get without a prescription from your pharmacy, supermarket or health food shop.
Some medicines may interfere with ACLOR. These include:
- probenecid (e.g. Pro-Cid), a medicine used to treat gout and to promote the excretion of uric acid
Your doctor and pharmacist have more information on medicines to be careful with or avoid while taking ACLOR.
How to take CECLOR
Follow all directions given to you by your doctor or pharmacist carefully. They may differ from the information contained in this leaflet.
If you do not understand the instructions on the carton or bottle label, ask your doctor or pharmacist for help.
How much to take
Your doctor will tell you how much ACLOR you need to take. This will depend on the type of infection you have.
How to take it
Shake the bottle well and accurately measure the dose with a medicine measure. Shaking the bottle and using a medicine measure will make sure that you get the correct dose. You can buy a medicine measure from your pharmacist.
It does not matter if you take this medicine with or without food.
How long to take it
Continue taking ACLOR for as long as your doctor tells you. It is important to complete the full course prescribed by your doctor, even if you begin to feel better after a few days. If you do not, the bacteria causing your infection may continue to grow and multiply so that your infection may not clear completely or your symptoms may return.
If you forget to take it
If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the dose you missed and take your next dose when you are meant to.
Otherwise, take it as soon as you remember, and then go back to taking your medicine as you would normally.
Do not take a double dose to make up for the dose that you missed.
If you are not sure what to do, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
If you have trouble remembering to take your medicine, ask your pharmacist for some hints.
If you take too much (overdose)
Immediately telephone your doctor or the Poisons Information Centre (telephone 13 11 26) for advice, or go to Accident and Emergency at your nearest hospital, if you think that you or anyone else may have taken too much ACLOR. Do this even if there are no signs of discomfort or poisoning. You may need urgent medical attention.
Symptoms of an overdose may include feeling sick, vomiting, upset stomach or diarrhoea.
While you are taking ACLOR
Things you must do
Tell your doctor if the symptoms of your infection do not improve within a few days or if they become worse.
Tell any other doctors, dentists and pharmacists who treat you that you are taking this medicine.
If you become pregnant while taking this medicine, tell your doctor immediately. If you are about to have any blood tests, tell your doctor that you are taking this medicine. It may interfere with the results of some tests.
Keep all of your doctor's appointments so that your progress can be checked. Your doctor may do some tests from time to time to make sure the medicine is working and to prevent unwanted side effects.
If you are diabetic, check with your doctor or pharmacist before using urine sugar tests. ACLOR may cause false test results with some urine sugar tests.
Things you must not do
Do not take ACLOR to treat any other complaints unless your doctor tells you to.
Do not give your medicine to anyone else, even if they have the same condition as you.
Do not stop taking your medicine or change the dosage without first checking with your doctor.
Things to be careful of
Be careful driving or operating machinery until you know how ACLOR affects you. This medicine may cause dizziness or drowsiness in some people. If you have any of these symptoms, do not drive, operate machinery or do anything else that could be dangerous.
Children should be careful when riding bicycles or climbing trees.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist as soon as possible if you do not feel well while you are taking ACLOR.
This medicine helps most people with infection, but it may have unwanted side effects in a few people.
All medicines can have side effects. Sometimes they are serious, most of the time they are not. You may need medical attention if you get some of the side effects.
Do not be alarmed by the following lists of side effects. You may not experience any of them.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist to answer any questions you may have.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you notice any of the following and they worry you:
- itchy rash
- oral thrush - white, furry, sore tongue or mouth
- vaginal thrush - sore and itchy vagina and/or discharge
The above list includes the more common side effects of ACLOR. They are usually mild and short-lived.
Tell your doctor as soon as possible if you notice any of the following and they worry you:
- hyperactivity, nervousness, insomnia, confusion, dizziness, hallucinations
- severe muscle stiffness
- swelling of the joints with or without fever
- pain in the joints with or without fever
- itching or swelling of the skin
- yellowing of the skin and eyes
- frequent infections such as fever, severe chills, sore throat or mouth ulcers
- bleeding or bruising more easily than normal
- difficulty in swallowing or breathing
The above list includes serious side effects which may require medical attention.
Tell your doctor immediately if you notice any of the following, particularly if they occur several weeks after stopping treatment with ACLOR:
- severe abdominal cramps or stomach cramps
- watery and severe diarrhoea which may also be bloody
- fever, in combination with one or both of the above
Do not take any diarrhoea medicine without first checking with your doctor. You may have a serious condition affecting your bowel, requiring urgent medical attention.
If any of the following happen, tell your doctor immediately or go to Accident and Emergency at your nearest hospital:
sudden signs of allergy such as rash, itching or hives on the skin with swelling of the face, lips, tongue or other parts of the body, shortness of breath, wheezing or trouble breathing.
The above list includes very serious side effects. You may need urgent medical attention or hospitalisation.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you notice anything else that is making you feel unwell.
After using ACLOR
Keep ACLOR suspension in your refrigerator at 2°C to 8°C where young children cannot reach it. Do not freeze.
Keep the bottle tightly closed.
The suspension should be shaken well before use and discarded after 14 days.
If your doctor tells you to stop taking this medicine or the expiry date has passed, ask your pharmacist what to do with any medicine that is left over.
What it looks like
Your pharmacist will make up the medicine in the bottle before dispensing it to you. The resulting suspension is pink and has a strawberry taste.
It is available in two different strengths:
- 125 mg/5 mL
- 250 mg/5 mL
ACLOR 125 mg/5 mL contains 25 mg/mL of cefaclor as the active ingredient.
ACLOR 250 mg/5 mL contains 50 mg/mL of cefaclor as the active ingredient.
The oral liquid also contains the following inactive ingredients:
- dimeticone 350
- sodium lauryl sulfate
- strawberry flavour 52312 AP0551
- tapioca starch
- xanthan gum
ACLOR contains sugars. This medicine does not contain lactose, gluten, tartrazine or any other azo dyes.
ACLOR is distributed in Australia by:
Alphapharm Pty Ltd
Level 1, 30 The Bond
30-34 Hickson Road
Millers Point NSW 2000
This leaflet was prepared in September 2020.
ACLOR 125 mg/5 mL: AUST R 100155
ACLOR 250 mg/5 mL: AUST R 100158
Published by MIMS November 2020