Cephalexin is prescribed for the treatment of:
- Biliary tract infections;
- Genito-urinary infections include acute prostatitis;
- Respiratory tract infections;
- Skin and soft tissue infections;
Adults: 1-2 g/day in divided doses given 6 or 8 hourly.
In severe infections up to 4 g/day.
Strep pharyngitis: 500 mg b.i.d. for 7-14 days.
Children: 25-50 mg/kg/day doubled in severe infections, 2 or 4 divided doses.
Otitis media: 75-100 mg/kg/day in divided doses.
Prophylaxis for Bacterial endocarditis during surgery: 1 gm before incision followed by 500 mg 4-8 hours later.
Gonorrhea: 2-3 g along with probenecid 0.5-1 g as a single dose.
This antibiotic is used in treatment of such conditions as:
- Pyelonephritis (kidney infections)
- Ear, nose, throat infections
- Nose, windpipe and lung infections
- Urinary tract infections
- Skin or wound infections
Cephalexin Brand Names:
- Panixine Disperdose
Therapeutic actions: Cephalexin is an antibiotic which belongs to the Cephalosporin group. The drug works by interfering with the bacterial cells ability to form cell walls thus allowing lysis to take place. The effects of Cephalexin can be observed on many strains of gram-positive and negative bacteria.
Cephalexin contraindications and cautions: The drug should not be used in the following conditions:
- Allergy or hypersensitivity to any components of the preparation
- Porphyriasis (inherited blood disease)
- Mental health problems (consult your doctor)
The drug is in FDA pregnancy category B meaning that it may be used during pregnancy after a consultation with a doctor.
Cephalexin adverse effects: There are possible side-effects associated with this medicine that can affect individuals in different ways. If a side effect is stated here, that does not necessarily mean the fact that all people using Cephalexin will experience it or any other. The side-effects include:
- Stomach pain
- Allergic reaction to active ingredient;
The side effects listed above may not include all of the side effects reported by the drug's manufacturer. For more information about any other possible risks associated with Cephalexin, please read the information provided with Cephalexin or consult your doctor or pharmacist.
Cephalexin interactions: It is important to tell your doctor or pharmacist what medicines you are already taking, including those bought without a prescription and herbal medicines, before you start treatment with Cephalexin. Similarly, check with your doctor or pharmacist before taking any new medication while taking this one, to ensure that the combination is safe. Especially mention the following:
- Blood thinners
- Diabetes treatment
- Urcosuric drugs
- Other antibiotics
Cephalexin additional information: DO NOT SHARE Cephalexin with others. DO NOT USE THIS MEDICINE for other health conditions. KEEP THIS PRODUCT, as well as syringes and needles, if needed during treatment, out of the reach of children. Do not reuse needles, syringes, or other materials.