What is Cephalexin?
Cephalexin is a type of prescription drug under the cephalosporin antibiotic group. It is widely used as treatment for bacterial infections on various parts of the body, including the skin, ears, respiratory and urinary tracts among others. This particular antibiotic may also be used for prevention of bacterial endocarditis, a type of infection involving the heart valves.
Cephalexin is commonly used in treating upper respiratory tract infections including tonsillitis and strep throat. Both of these conditions involve inflammation on the throat and tonsil area. Beyond these structures are the upper part of the lungs and the bronchial tubes. These may also be affected by bacterial infection leading to pneumonia or bronchitis. Both illnesses may also be treated with cephalexin. Aside from bacterial infection on the respiratory tract, other infections in other parts of the body may also subside or heal with the use of cephalexin. These conditions include osteomyelitis (a type of bone infection), skin infections like cellulitis and folliculitis, prostatitis and urinary tract infections.
Cephalexin is taken orally with a glass of water. This drug may be taken anytime even without food intake. Since this is a prescription drug, doctors’ orders must be followed in terms of frequency and dosage. Cephalexin may have unwanted interactions with other drugs and antibiotics like cefuroxime, cefixime, cefditoren, cefdinir, cefprozyl, and cefaclor among others. One must consult with his/her doctor if certain drugs cause some allergic reactions. For people who are allergic to penicillin treatment, cephalexin may be an alternative choice. It is also advisable to tell doctors of existing illnesses such as liver or kidney disease, diabetes, or colitis. In these cases, doctors may adjust the frequency and dosage of taking this particular antibiotic. It is also common for those undergoing cephalexin treatments to have an upset stomach or diarrhea. If this happens, one must seek immediate medical attention.
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