CEPHALEXIN

28 Jun 2019

Generic Name : CEPHALEXIN

ABSTRACT –

Cephalexin is an antibiotic drug that is used to treat bacterial infections such as ear infections, skin infections, urinary tract infections and certain respiratory infections. This drug is classified as a ‘First generation’ cephalosporin.

DOSAGE –

  • Cephalexin is to be taken as directed by the doctors.
  • This drug is available in the form of oral tablets as well as liquid solutions.
  • General Adult Dosage available:
  • Oral tablet – 250mg, 500mg
    Liquid solution – 125mg/5mL, 250mg/5mL

SIDE EFFECTS –

  • Diarrhea
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Joint pains
  • Vaginal itching
RARE SIDE EFFECTS:
  • Severe diarrhea
  • Severe abdominal pains
  • Jaundice
  • Lack of urination
  • Hallucination
  • Agitations
  • Fever
  • Sore throat
  • Rashes
  • Unusual bleeding
  • Loosening of skin

DRUG INTERACTIONS –

  • BCG
  • Cholera vaccine
  • Typhoid vaccine
  • Acyclovir has major interactions with at least 39 different drugs.

    MODERATE DRUG INTERACTIONS –

  • Anisindione
  • Balsalazide
  • Bumetanide
  • Chloramphenicol
  • Dicumarol
  • Entecavir
  • Estradiol
  • Furosemide
  • Metformin
  • Probenecid
  • Torsemide
  • Warfarin
  • Cephalexin has moderate interactions with 55 different drugs.

PRECAUTIONS –

  • Provide your doctor with a detailed and accurate medical history. Notify especially in case of an allergy to the drug, kidney diseases, colitis or a medical condition that requires the patient to use blood thinners.
  • Do not use Cephalexin in case of allergies to any cephalosporin antibiotic.
  • This drug can transfer through breast milk. Consult a doctor regarding nursing while on drug course.
  • Do not share Cephalexin with another patient who displays the same symptoms.

WARNINGS –

  • This drug cannot be used to treat viral infections.
  • This drug contains an amount of sugar that may be harmful to diabetics. Consult a doctor regarding strength of dosage, in such cases.
  • Keep out of reach of children.
  • In case of overdose, get medical help or contact a Poison Control Center immediately. Symptoms of overdose may include nausea, vomiting, abdominal pains or bloody urine.

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