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Updated on 24 Apr 2024

Learn more about cephalexin

What dosages is cephalexin available in?

What dosages is cephalexin available in?

cephalexin is available as a 250 mg and 500 mg oral tablet, a 250 mg, 500 mg, and 750 mg oral capsule, and a 125 mg/5 ml and 250 mg/5 ml oral suspension.

What is cephalexin used for?

What is cephalexin used for?

cephalexin is a cephalosporin antibiotic and is used to treat respiratory tract infections, ear infections, skin infections, bone infections, urinary tract infections (UTIs), and reproductive system infections.

How does cephalexin work?

How does cephalexin work?

cephalexin is a cephalosporin antibiotic. It kills bacteria by preventing the bacteria from making a covering around themselves for protection.

How do I take cephalexin?

How do I take cephalexin?

cephalexin is typically dosed as 250 mg by mouth every 6 hours. An alternative dose is 500 mg by mouth every 12 hours. You’ll typically need to take cephalexin for 7 to 14 days. For more severe infections, you might need a higher dose (up to 4 grams total per day). For children, the dose will be based on their body weight.

Is it safe for me to take cephalexin?

Is it safe for me to take cephalexin?

cephalexin is a safe and effective treatment when used for FDA licensed indications. However, like all medications, they may give you unwanted side effects. You should always discuss potential side effects with your physician to ensure the medication is suitable and right for you. You should not use this medication if you have known hypersensitivity to cephalexin or other members of the cephalosporin class of antibacterial drugs.

cephalexin Common Side Effects

cephalexin Common Side Effects

Common side effects of cephalexin include:

  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Indigestion
  • Stomach pain
cephalexin Serious Side Effects

cephalexin Serious Side Effects

Serious side effects are rare with cephalexin. Contact your healthcare provider immediately if you experience any of the following.

  • Allergic reactions: hives; rash; blisters; swelling of the lips, tongue, or face; difficulty breathing
  • Infectious (C. difficile-related) diarrhea: foul-smelling diarrhea, fever, nausea, frequent bowel movements (up to 15 times per day)
Effects of other drugs, drug classes and over-the-counter products on cephalexin

Effects of other drugs, drug classes and over-the-counter products on cephalexin

The following medications may interact with cephalexin:

  • Metformin: increased metformin concentrations. Monitor for hypoglycemia
  • Probenecid: The renal excretion of cephalexin is inhibited by probenecid. Co-administration of probenecid with cephalexin is not recommended
  • Administration of cephalexin may result in a false-positive reaction for glucose in the urine
Who makes cephalexin?

Who makes cephalexin?

Various FDA-approved generic manufacturers

Is cephalexin safe in pregnancy?

Is cephalexin safe in pregnancy?

It is not known if cephalexin will harm your unborn baby. You should talk to your healthcare provider before taking this medication if you are pregnant.

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