This medication is used for the treatment of several types of bacterial infections. It has a common brand name of Keflex. This medication is a form of as cephalosporin antibiotic. It works by stopping the bacteria to grow.
This drug won't work for viral infections (such as respiratory illness, flu). Undesired use or misuse of any antibiotic will cause reduced effectiveness. This medicine may be used prior dental techniques in patients with certain heart disorders (like artificial heart valves).
How to use Cephalexin
Take this drug orally as directed by your pharmacist or doctor, generally each six to twelve hours with or without meal. If you're consuming the suspension, shake the bottle properly before every dose. The dosage is predicated on your response to treatment and medical condition. In kids, the dosage is additionally based on weight. Antibiotics work efficiently only when the amount of the drug remains at a uniform level. Therefore, take this medicine at equally spaced intervals. Continue to take this medicine till the total prescribed quantity is finished, albeit symptoms disappear after some days. Stopping the drug too early could enable the growth of the bacterium, which can relapse the infection.
Nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, or stomach upset could occur. Usage of this drug for long period could end in vaginal yeast infection oral thrush . Consult your doctor or physician if you see a change in the vaginal discharge, white discolorations in your mouth, or any other side-effects. This medicine could seldom cause a severe visceral condition (Clostridium difficile-related diarrhea). This disorder could occur throughout treatment or weeks to months when treatment has stopped. Don't use anti-diarrhea medicine or narcotic pain drug if you have got any of the subsequent symptoms. Inform your doctor directly if you develop: stomach pain/cramping, continuous diarrhea, blood/mucus in your excreta. A very serious hypersensitivity to this drug is rare. However, get medical aid directly if you observe any signs of a severe hypersensitivity, which includes: rashes, itching of tongue/face/throat, swelling, severe lightheadedness, respiratory disorders. This is not an entire list of potential side effects. If you observe any other effects which are not mentioned above, then consult your pharmacist or doctor.
Before taking cephalexin, tell your doctor or physician if you're allergic to it; or to penicillin or alternative cephalosporins (such as cefpodoxime). This medicine contains inactive ingredients, which may cause aversions or alternative issues. Before using this drug, tell your doctor or physician your medical history, mainly of: nephropathy, stomach/intestinal disorders (such as colitis). The liquid suspension of this drug may have sugar. Caution is suggested if you are diabetic. Before having surgery, inform your dentist or doctor regarding all the medicines you utilize (including pharmaceuticals, nonprescription drugs, and herbal drugs).
Cephalexin during Pregnancy
During maternity, this medication ought to be used only when clearly required. Contact your doctor and discuss about all the advantages and disadvantages of this medicine during pregnancy. This medication is excreted into breast milk. Contact your doctor prior breast-feeding.