What is Cephalexin:
Cephalexin is in a group of drugs called cephalosporin antibiotics and is used to fight bacteria in the body. Cephalexin works by interfering with the bacteria's cell wall formation, causing it to rupture, and killing the bacteria.
Cephalexin is used to treat infections caused by bacteria, including upper respiratory infections, ear infections, skin infections, and urinary tract infections.Important information about cephalexin
Important information about Cephalexin
Do not use Cephalexin if you are allergic to cephalexin, or to similar antibiotics, such as Ceclor, Ceftin, Cefzil, Duricef, Fortaz, Omnicef, Spectracef, Suprax, and others.
Before using cephalexin, tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs (especially penicillins), or if you have kidney or liver disease, a stomach or intestinal disorder such as colitis, diabetes, or if you are malnourished.
Take this medication for the entire length of time prescribed by your doctor. Your symptoms may get better before the infection is completely treated. Cephalexin will not treat a viral infection such as the common cold or flu.
Before taking Cephalexin
Do not use Cephalexin if you are allergic to cephalexin, or to other cephalosporin antibiotics, such as:
ceftazidime (Fortaz); or
Before using cephalexin, tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs (especially penicillins), or if you have:
If you have any of these conditions, you may need a dose adjustment or special tests to safely take cephalexin.
The oral suspension (liquid) form of cephalexin may contain sugar. This may affect you if you have diabetes.
FDA pregnancy category B. Cephalexin is not expected to be harmful to an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment. Cephalexin can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
How should I take Cephalexin:
Take cephalexin exactly as it was prescribed for you. Do not Cephalexin in larger amounts, or use it for longer than recommended by your doctor. Follow the instructions on your prescription label.
Take cephalexin with a full glass of water.
Dissolve the cephalexin dispersible tablet in a small amount of water, about 2 teaspoonfuls. Stir this mixture and drink all of it right away. To make sure you get the entire dose, add a little more water to the same glass, swirl gently and drink right away. Do not swallow or chew a dispersible tablet.
Shake the cephalexin oral suspension (liquid) well just before you measure a dose. To be sure you get the correct dose, measure the liquid with a marked measuring spoon or medicine cup, not with a regular table spoon. If you do not have a dose-measuring device, ask your pharmacist for one.
Take cephalexin for the entire length of time prescribed by your doctor. Your symptoms may get better before the infection is completely treated. Cephalexin will not treat a viral infection such as the common cold or flu.
Cephalexin can cause you to have unusual results with certain medical tests. Tell any doctor who treats you that you are using cephalexin.
Store the tablets and capsules at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Store the liquid medicine in the refrigerator. Throw away any unused medication after 14 days.
What happens if I miss a dose:
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take the medicine at your next regularly scheduled time. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
What happens if I overdose:
Seek emergency medical attention if you think you have used too much of Cephalexin.
Overdose symptoms may include nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, diarrhea, and blood in your urine.
What should I avoid while taking Cephalexin:
Antibiotic medicines such as cephalexin can cause diarrhea, which may be a sign of a new infection. If you have diarrhea that is watery or has blood in it, call your doctor. Do not use any medicine to stop the diarrhea unless your doctor has told you to.
Cephalexin side effects
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction to cephalexin: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat. Call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:
diarrhea that is watery or bloody;
fever, sore throat, and headache with a severe blistering, peeling, and red skin rash;
pale or yellowed skin, dark colored urine, fever, confusion or weakness;
easy bruising or bleeding, unusual weakness;
confusion, agitation, hallucinations (seeing things that are not there); or
urinating less than usual or not at all.
Less serious cephalexin side effects may include:
mild nausea, vomiting, diarrhea;
dizziness, tired feeling;
joint pain; or
vaginal itching or discharge.