Cephalexin is in a group of drugs called cephalosporin antibiotics and is used to fight bacteria in the body. It works by interfering with the bacteria's cell wall formation, causing it to rupture, and killing the bacteria. It is used to treat infections caused by bacteria, including upper respiratory infections, ear, skin, bones and urinary tract infections.
The prescribed dose for adults is 1-4 gr in separate doses, every 6 or 12 hours, due to the type of illness.
Do not use this medication if you are allergic to Cephalexin or have diabetes, liver or kidney illness and belly impairment.
Before using Cephalexin, tell your doctor if you are allergic to Cephalexin, cephalosporins and beta-lactamase antibiotics. Also if you have kidney disease, a stomach disorder or you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Possible side effect
The medicine may cause giddiness, sickness, eruption, headache, fever, sore throat, urinating less than usual or not at all, dark colored urine, retching, jaundice and some allergic reaction (rash, hives), weakness. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.
Before using cephalexin, tell your doctor if you are using any of the following drugs: a blood thinner such as warfarin, metformin or probenecid. Tell your doctor about all the prescription and over-the-counter medications you use.
Take the missed dose as soon as possible. Skip the missed dose if it is time for your next scheduled dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
Call emergency medical attention if you think you have used too much of this medicine. Overdose symptoms may include sickness, retching, diarrhea or blood urinating.
Store your medicines at room temperature between 59-77 degrees F (15-25 degrees C). Store away from moisture and light. Keep it out of the reach of children and away from pets.
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