CEPHALEXIN

generic for KEFLEX

What is Cephalexin?

Common Brand(s): Keflex

This medication is used to treat a wide variety of bacterial infections. This medication is known as a cephalosporin antibiotic. It works by stopping the growth of bacteria.

This medication will not work for viral infections (such as common cold, flu). Unnecessary use or misuse of any antibiotic can lead to its decreased effectiveness.

Uses

  • pharyngitis due to Streptococcus pyogenes
  • tonsillitis due to Streptococcus pyogenes
  • Haemophilus influenzae acute otitis media
  • Streptococcus acute otitis media
  • Moraxella catarrhalis acute otitis media
  • Staphylococcus acute otitis media
  • acute bacterial otitis media
  • prevention of bacterial endocarditis
  • streptococcal pneumonia
  • E. coli urinary tract infection
  • Klebsiella urinary tract infection
  • Proteus urinary tract infection
  • prevention of bacterial urinary tract infection
  • E. coli prostatitis
  • Proteus prostatitis
  • Klebsiella prostatitis
  • skin and skin structure infection
  • Staphylococcus aureus skin and skin structure infection
  • skin and skin structure Streptococcus pyogenes infection
  • infectious disorder of joint
  • Streptococcus osteomyelitis
  • Staphylococcus aureus osteomyelitis
  • bone infection
  • diabetic foot infection due to gram-positive bacteria
  • bacterial urinary tract infection
  • bacterial mastitis

Usage Instructions

Take this medication by mouth as directed by your doctor, usually every 6 to 12 hours with or without food.

If you are using the suspension, shake the bottle well before each dose. Measure the dose carefully using a special measuring device/spoon. Do not use a household spoon because you may not get the correct dose.

The dosage is based on your medical condition and response to treatment. In children, the dose is also based on weight.

For the best effect, take this antibiotic at evenly spaced times. To help you remember, take this medication at the same time(s) every day.

Continue to take this medication until the full prescribed amount is finished, even if symptoms disappear after a few days. Stopping the medication too early may allow bacteria to continue to grow, which may result in a return of the infection.

Tell your doctor if your condition persists or worsens.

Storage

Store the capsules and tablets at room temperature away from light and moisture. Do not store in the bathroom.

Store the suspension in the refrigerator between 36-46 degrees F (2-8 degrees C). Do not freeze. Keep the container tightly closed. Discard any unused portion after 14 days.

Different brands of this medication may have different storage requirements. Read the package labeling or ask your pharmacist for the storage requirements for the product you are using.

Keep all medications away from children and pets.

Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. Properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist or local waste disposal company for more details about how to safely discard your product.

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