Which medications in the drug class Cephalosporins, Second Generation are used in the treatment of Acute Pyelonephritis?

Updated: Jul 01, 2021
  • Author: Tibor Fulop, MD, PhD, FACP, FASN; Chief Editor: Vecihi Batuman, MD, FASN  more...
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Cephalosporins, Second Generation

Oral beta-lactams are not as effective for treating pyelonephritis. Based on the IDSA 2010 guidelines, however, if they are used, they should be administered with a single dose of ceftriaxone (Rocephin) 1 g IV ora consolidated 24-hour dose of an aminoglycoside. [3]


Cefaclor is indicated for the treatment of pyelonephritis, caused by Escherichia coli, Proteus mirabilis, Klebsiella species, and coagulase-negative staphylococci. Cefaclor, 500 mg 3 times a day for 7 days, is recommended for outpatient treatment of pyelonephritis.

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