Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
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Do not use this medication if you are allergic to cephalexin, or to other cephalosporin antibiotics, such as:
Before using cephalexin, tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs (especially penicillins), or if you have:
If you have any of these conditions, you may need a dose adjustment or special tests to safely take cephalexin.
The oral suspension (liquid) form of cephalexin may contain sugar. This may affect you if you have diabetes.
FDA pregnancy category B. This medication is not expected to be harmful to an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment.
Cephalexin can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
Antibiotic medicines can cause diarrhea, which may be a sign of a new infection. If you have diarrhea that is watery or has blood in it, call your doctor. Do not use any medicine to stop the diarrhea unless your doctor has told you to.
Seek emergency medical attention if you think you have used too much of this medicine.
Overdose symptoms may include nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, diarrhea, and blood in your urine.
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take the medicine at your next regularly scheduled time. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:
Less serious side effects may include:
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Before using cephalexin, tell your doctor if you are using any of the following drugs:
This list is not complete and there may be other drugs that can interact with cephalexin. Tell your doctor about all the prescription and over-the-counter medications you use. This includes vitamins, minerals, herbal products, and drugs prescribed by other doctors. Do not start using a new medication without telling your doctor.
Biocef, Keflex, Panixine, Zartan, and cephalexin
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