Cefalexin (Cephalexin)

Cefalexin (Cephalexin)

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Cefalexin (Cephalexin), or Cefalexin, is a type of antibiotic called a cephalosporin. This medicine is used to treat infections with bacteria. It works by killing the pathogenic bacteria. More information

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Read the package leaflet for more information about risks and side effects, or ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice.

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What is Cefalexin (Cephalexin)?

Cefalexin (Cephalexin), or Cefalexin, is a type of antibiotic called a cephalosporin. This medicine is used to treat infections with bacteria. It works by killing the pathogenic bacteria. Cefalexin (Cephalexin) is a prescription-only medicine.

What is Cefalexin (Cephalexin) used for?

Cefalexin (Cephalexin) is a broad-spectrum antibiotic that kills a wide variety of bacteria that cause a wide variety of commonly-occurring infections, including:

  • Pneumonia, laryngitis, tonsillitis, acute bronchitis, middle ear infection;
  • Urinary tract infections;
  • Infections of the skin and soft tissue.
Cefalexin (Cephalexin) (active ingredient: cefalexin) is absorbed in the bloodstream via the intestines and deposited in the infected tissue for short-term relief from symptoms such as pain, fever and other inflammatory responses.

How to use Cefalexin (Cephalexin)

Cefalexin (Cephalexin) capsules should be taken on an empty stomach one hour before or two hours after food. The capsules should be swallowed whole with a glass of water without chewing. Make sure you finish the prescribed course. If you stop taking an antibiotic part way through a course, it is likely that not all bacteria in your system will be killed, which can cause the infection to return. The length of the course is determined by the doctor for each specific patient depending on their symptoms.


Cefalexin (Cephalexin) is available in capsules of 250 mg and 500 mg. A doctor should determine what strength you should use. Unless otherwise instructed by the doctor, the usual dose in adults is:

  • one 250-mg or 500-mg capsule four times a day (every six hours). Do not exceed the maximum daily dose of 4 grams.
The doctor will prescribe an adjusted dose for children under the age of 18 years. Do not exceed the recommended dose and read the package leaflet closely before use.

Side effects

Cefalexin (Cephalexin) may cause side effects, including:

  • Diarrhoea or thinner stool (possibly also after the course is finished);
  • Stomach pain, nausea or other gastrointestinal problems;
  • Allergic skin reaction due to hypersensitivity.
In most cases, these symptoms will go away on their own. Consult a doctor if the side effects are persistent. For a complete list of possible side effects, see the package leaflet.

When not to use Cefalexin (Cephalexin)

Cefalexin (Cephalexin) is not suitable for everyone. Do not take this antibiotic if:

  • You are allergic to cefalexin or any other ingredient in this medicine.
Consult a doctor on the use of this medicine if you have health problems. You should also tell the doctor if you are taking any other medications when you order. This is to avoid potential interaction and to make sure that the combination with Cefalexin (Cephalexin) is safe. The doctor will have a list of medicines that you should avoid mixing it with.

Pregnancy/driving ability/alcohol

Cefalexin (Cephalexin) should not be used by pregnant or breastfeeding women without consulting a doctor first.

This medicine does not interact with alcohol or affect your ability to drive safely.

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