What is Cephalexin?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Keflex Cephalex Apo-Cephalex

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Cephalexin is a cephalosporin antibiotic used to treat certain infections caused by bacteria such as pneumonia and bone, ear, skin, and urinary tract infections.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Prevent infection 27 18
UTI symptoms 17 13
Cellulitis 6 4
Bladder problems 4 4
Bacterial Overgrowth Syndrome 3 1
Bronchitis 3 1

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 7
Moderate 10
Mild 10
None 43

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Cephalexin

Side effect Patients
Diarrhea 5
Constipation 2
Nausea 2
Yeast Infection (candida) 2
Abdominal cramps 1
Diarrhea chronic 1

Show all 16 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Cephalexin

Dosage Patients
500 mg three times daily 4
250 mg daily 3
500 mg daily 1
1,500 mg daily 1
2,000 mg daily 1
500 mg four times daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Cephalexin

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Course of treatment ended 63
Doctor's advice 9
Did not seem to work 7
Side effects too severe 5
Other 3
Change in health plan coverage 1
Personal research 1
See all 80 patients who’ve stopped taking Cephalexin

Duration

Currently taking Cephalexin

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 1
6 months - 1 year 1
1 - 2 years 2
2 - 5 years 6
10 years or more 1

Stopped taking Cephalexin

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 59
1 - 6 months 10
6 months - 1 year 5
1 - 2 years 1
2 - 5 years 4
5 - 10 years 2
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 58
Usually 9
Sometimes 2
Never taken as prescribed 1
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 7
Somewhat hard to take 9
A little hard to take 15
Not at all hard to take 39
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 1
$50-99 1
$25-49 2
< $25 41
Not specified 25

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Cephalexin after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Amoxicillin-clavulanate (Augmentin) 2
Doxycycline (Oracea) 1
Erythromycin (Ery-Tab) 1
Sulfamethoxazole-Trimethoprim (cotrimoxazole) (Bactrim) 1

Patients stopped taking Cephalexin and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Nitrofurantoin (Macrodantin) 2
Amoxicillin-clavulanate (Augmentin) 1
Doxycycline (Oracea) 1
Levofloxacin (Levaquin) 1
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7 patient evaluations for Cephalexin

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Nadira
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Nadira
Gender: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
Depression: 1
Mania: 0
Emotional: 1
Anxiety: 1
Compulsion: 0
External Stress: Moderate
56 F
Function: High
Distress: Low
I am: n
I have:
Major Depressive Disorder

See Nadira's full Cephalexin history

Jan 9, 2015 (Started Dec 13, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for Prevent infection)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 4 x 250 mg/5 mL Four times daily

  • 0 helpful marks
freka
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freka
Data Quality: 3 stars
  • Gender: F
  • Age: 41
Condition: POTS 3 additional condition(s)
Quality of life:
  • Mental: None
  • Physical: Moderate
I am: b
I have:
POTS

See freka's full Cephalexin history

Apr 28, 2013 (Started Apr 15, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Wound Infection)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 2000 mg Daily

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Rejoice
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Rejoice
Data Quality: 3 stars
  • Gender: F
  • Age: 45
Condition: Hemiplegic Migraine 27 additional condition(s)
Quality of life:
  • Mental: Mild
  • Physical: Moderate
I am: b
I have:
Hemiplegic Migraine

See Rejoice's full Cephalexin history

Oct 26, 2011 (Started Oct 12, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Sinusitis)
  • Side effects
    Mild (Diarrhea)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 2000 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Take probiotics in between each pill.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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