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Cephalexin, which is an antibiotic sold under the brand names Keflex, Biocef or Keftabs, is prescribed by doctors for most infections that are due to bacteria. Among the common illnesses that can benefit from Cephalexin include ear infections, urinary tract infections, respiratory infections and skin infections.
Cephalexin works just like penicillin by stopping bacterial cell walls from growing. Bacteria could not survive without a cell wall. It is available in tablets, capsules and in powder for suspension. Among the bacteria that can be treated by Cephalexin are E.coli, Streptococcus pneumonia, staphylococcus and Haemophilus influenza.
Patients should strictly follow their doctor’s prescription when taking Cephalexin in terms of dosage and length of treatment. Reduction in the symptoms of an illness should not be a reason to stop taking this medication before the prescribed length of time because there is a possibility that the infection has remained untreated and
may no longer respond to medication in case of a relapse.
It is not recommended to continue storing this medication if there is still something left after the period of treatment. If the patient misses a dose, the next dose should be taken at the time originally scheduled. Taking too much of this medication can result to an overdose, the symptoms of which include diarrhea, nausea, stomach pain and vomiting.
The doctor should be informed first if the patient is pregnant or suffering from liver or kidney problems, diabetes, or intestinal disorders or if he is taking blood thinners like Coumadin, Melformin or Benemid. It should not be taken in by a nursing woman. Cephalexin should not be taken with other antibiotics like:
While it is generally safe to use Cephalexin under doctor’s orders, there are several side effects like allergic reactions, bloody or watery diarrhea,
seizures, dark colored urine, fever, skin blistering and peeling, bleeding and vaginal itching.