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Keflor

Active Ingredients:cefaclor (monohydrate)

How much to take

Your doctor will tell you how much Keflor you need to take.

This will depend on the type of infection you have.

Adults: The usual adult dose is 250 mg every 8 to 12 hours.

Children: The dose for children will depend on the child's weight. Your doctor and pharmacist will tell you how much Keflor your child should take.

How to take Keflor

Always shake the bottle well before measuring the correct amount to take.

When to take it

Take Keflor at about the same time each day.

This will allow Keflor to have its best effect and also help you remember when to take it.

Keflor can be taken with or without food.

How long to take it for

Keep taking Keflor until you finish the bottle, or for as long as your doctor recommends.

Keep taking Keflor for the full time of treatment, even if you begin to feel better after a few days.

If you do not complete the full course prescribed by your doctor, your infection may not clear completely or your symptoms may return.

If you forget to take

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 the missed dose as soon as you remember, and then go back to taking Keflor 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 Poisons Information Centre (telephone 13 11 26) for advice, or go to Accident and Emergency at the nearest hospital if you think that you or anyone else may have taken too much Keflor. Do this even if there are no signs of discomfort or poisoning.

You may need urgent medical attention.

If you have taken too much Keflor, you may feel sick in the stomach, vomit or experience diarrhoea.

Things you must do

If the symptoms of your infection do not improve within a few days, or if they become worse, tell your doctor.

If you develop itching with swelling or skin rash or difficulty breathing while you are taking Keflor, tell your doctor immediately or go to Accident and Emergency at the nearest hospital.

If you get severe diarrhoea, tell your doctor or pharmacist immediately. Do this even if it occurs several weeks after stopping Keflor.

Diarrhoea may mean that you have a serious condition affecting your bowel. You may need urgent medical care. Do not take any medicines for diarrhoea without first checking with your doctor.

If you get a sore, white mouth or tongue while taking or soon after stopping Keflor, tell your doctor. Also tell your doctor if you get vaginal itching or discharge.

This may mean you have a fungal infection called thrush. Sometimes the use of Keflor allows fungi to grow and the above symptoms to occur. Keflor does not work against fungi.

If you become pregnant while you are taking Keflor, tell your doctor.

If you are about to start taking a new medicine, tell your doctor or pharmacist that you are taking Keflor.

Tell all the doctors, dentists and pharmacists who are treating you that you are taking Keflor.

If you have to have any blood tests, tell your doctor that you are taking Keflor.

Keflor may affect the results of some tests.

If you are diabetic, check with your doctor or pharmacist before using urine sugar tests.

Keflor may cause false test results with some urine sugar 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.

Things you must not do

Do not stop taking Keflor or lower the dose because you are feeling better, unless advised by your doctor.

If you do not complete the full course prescribed by your doctor, your infection may not clear completely or your symptoms may return.

Do not take Keflor to treat any other complaints unless your doctor tells you to.

Do not give Keflor to anyone else, even if they have the same condition as you

Things to be careful of

Be careful driving or operating machinery until you know how Keflor affects you.

Keflor generally does not cause any problems with your ability to drive a car or operate machinery. However, as with many other medicines, Keflor may cause dizziness or drowsiness in some people. If any of these occur, do not drive, operate machinery or do anything else that could be dangerous.

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