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USES: This medication is used to
treat a wide variety of bacterial infections. This medication is known as a
cephalosporin antibiotic. It works by stopping the growth of bacteria.
This antibiotic treats only bacterial infections. It will not work for virus
infections (e.g., common cold, flu). Unnecessary use or misuse of any
antibiotic can lead to its decreased effectiveness.
HOW TO USE: Take this medication by mouth, usually every 6 or 12
hours or as directed by your doctor. You may take this medicine with food if
stomach upset occurs.
If you are using the suspension, shake the bottle well before each dose.
Measure the dose carefully using a special measuring device/spoon. Do not
use a household spoon because you may not get the correct dose.
The dosage is based on your medical condition and response to treatment. In
children, the dose is also based on weight.
Antibiotics work best when the amount of medicine in your body is kept at a
constant level. Therefore, take this drug at evenly spaced intervals.
Continue to take this medication until the full prescribed amount is
finished, even if symptoms disappear after a few days. Stopping the
medication too early may result in a return of the infection.
SIDE EFFECTS: Diarrhea, dizziness, headache, or stomach upset may
occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor or
Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she
has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects.
Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.
A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, seek
immediate medical attention if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic
reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the
face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.
PRECAUTIONS: Before taking cephalexin, tell your doctor or pharmacist
if you are allergic to it; or to penicillins or other cephalosporins (e.g.,
cefpodoxime); or if you have any other allergies.
Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical
history, especially of: kidney disease, stomach/intestinal disease (e.g.,
This drug may make you dizzy. Use caution while driving, using machinery, or
doing any activity that requires alertness. Limit alcoholic beverages.
MISSED DOSE: If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember. If
it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your
usual dosing schedule. Do not double the dose
STORAGE: Store capsules/tablets at room temperature between 68-77
degrees F (20-25 degrees C) away from light and moisture. Do not store in
Store the suspension in the refrigerator between 36-46 degrees F (2-8
degrees C). Do not freeze. Keep the container tightly closed. Discard any
unused portion after 14 days.