Cephalexin

Cephalexin

GeneralInformation

Cephalexin is used to treat awide variety of bacterial infections. These infections include:

  • Bone infections
  • Respiratory tract infections
  • Skin and skin structure infections
  • Otitis media (middle ear infections)
  • Genitourinary (urinary tract) infections

This medication is also used toprevent endocarditis that is caused by an infection. It is an inflammation ofthe heart valve. Cephalexin helps fight the bacteria in your body.

Howdoes Cephalexin work?

Cephalexin works by stopping orslowing the growth of bacterial cells. It is by preventing bacteria fromforming the cell wall that surrounds each cell. The cell wall protects bacteriafrom the external environment and keeps the contents of the cell together. Bacteriaare not able to survive without a cell wall.

This medication should only beused to treat bacterial infections. This will not work for viral infectionssuch as flu or the common cold. Unnecessary use or misuse of any antibiotic maylead to its decreased effectiveness.

Whyuse Cephalexin?

Cephalexin is a semisynthetic cephalosporinantibiotic drug. This medication is intended for oral use with its brand nameKeflex. Each capsule contains Cephalexin equivalent to 250 mg, 500 mg, and 750mg. This prescription has already been approved by the U.S. Food and DrugAdministration (FDA).

Howto use Cephalexin?

Cephalexin is to be taken bymouth usually every 6 to 12 hours. You may take each dose with or without ameal. The dosage is based on your medical condition and response to treatment.In children, the dosage is also based on weight.

Remember to take it at the sametime every day. Do not take it more often more than the prescription. For thebest result, take it regularly. Let your doctor know if your condition does notimprove or get worse.

Whatare the side effects of Cephalexin?

  • Dizziness
  • Diarrhea
  • Headache
  • Tiredness
  • Abdominal pain
  • Stomach upset
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Swelling
  • Itching
  • Joint pain
  • Vaginal itching or discharge

Warningsand Precautions

  • Before taking Cephalexin, tell your doctor if youare allergic to it. Tell also if you have any allergies or medical history.
  • You should not use this to treat other conditionunless it is given by your doctor.
  • Do not share this with others who have the samesymptoms as yours.
  • Inform your doctor if you have current medicationsor treatments.
  • If you are pregnant or breastfeeding women,consult your doctor first.
  • Keep this far from the reach of children.