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Keflex

Generic Name: Cephalexin

Brand Names: Keflex, Panixine, Biocef, Zartan

Dosage Package: 750 mg, 500 mg, 250 mg

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What is Keflex?

Keflex is an antimicrobial product of the broad action. It is well absorbed into the gastro-intestinal tract and divided of most tissues and organs. The high concentrations of the active ingredients may be noticed in liver, kidneys, and organs of the abdominal cavity.

Founding disease-causing microorganisms, the active ingredients of Keflex provide a bactericidal action. They start affecting a cellular wall of bacteria until it is completely broken. Then, microorganisms lose a protection and cannot resist the natural protective mechanisms of the body.

Who should take Keflex?

Keflex is prescribed patients who have symptoms of the infectious diseases: otitis media, osteomyelitis, endometritis, gonorrhea, sinusitis, prostatitis, pyoderma, lymphadenitis, bronchitis, urethritis, cystitis, pneumonia and others.

The antibiotic may be used as the basic therapy during acute state of the infectious diseases, as well as for prophylaxis in order to inhibit the activity of the disease-causing microflora during chronic infections.

How to take Keflex?

If you decided to start taking Keflex, make sure that you do not have contraindications for the use. There are many factors that may affect the dosing regimen. If you do not have contraindications, the antibiotic may be used in accordance with the instruction and a standard dosage regimen may be used.

Adult patients should take Keflex 500 mg every 6 hours within 7-14 days. 4 g of Keflex (1000 mg every 6 hours) is the maximal dose per day. The higher doses are not safe and may cause side effects.

Children are prescribed lower doses: 250 mg every 6 hours. A length of the use is the same – 7-14 days. It will be enough to kill disease-causing microorganisms and fix a result. If a patient has dysfunctions of kidneys, a dose is reduced. The dose adjustment depends on the functioning of kidneys, but more than 1,5 mg per day are not recommended even during light disorders. Old patients have a slow metabolism of the active ingredients, so that lower doses should be used.

Keflex capsules should be used 30 minutes before meals. Take it with clear water. Do not take the capsule with juice or milk.

What are side effects?

The body of every person may have different reaction to the use of Keflex, and therefore the side effects may be different. In most cases, patients have disorders of the gastro-intestinal tract, skin allergic reactions or disorders of the central nervous system (headache, insomnia, dizziness, hallucinations).

If the side effects are caused by the overdose, a human has vomiting, or urticaria, edema, faint, and others. In this case, seek for a medical aid.

Special recommendations

  • If you had allergy to penicillin, there is a chance that you may have an allergic reaction during the use of Keflex
  • Avoid alcohol consumption during the use of the antibiotic and within 3 days after the end of the treatment
  • If you are breast-feeding and are prescribed Keflex, stop the breast-feeding for a while. The active ingredients may reach a child’s body with the milk.

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