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Cephalexin is a drug also commonly known as Ceftriaxone. Cephalexin is useful in the treatment of several bacterial infections. Cephalexin (Ceftriaxone) is a drug that belongs to a wide class of medicines called cephalosporin antibiotics. Most cephalosporin antibiotics interfere in the formation of the bacteria (it affects its cell wall, thus leading to its rupture and to the bacteria's death).
Cephalexin is usually prescribed in the treatment of various bacterial infections, but it can also be prescribed for other purposes that have not been mentioned here.
You may not be allowed to start taking Cephalexin (or cephalexin, cefprozil, or other cephalosporin antibiotics) if you are allergic to this type of drug, if you have an intestinal or stomach infection, diarrhea, Gallbladder disease, severe allergic reactions to penicillin antibiotics (such as amoxicillin) or to any other beta-lactam antibiotics (such as imipenem). Ask for your doctor's opinion before taking Cephalexin. If you are pregnant (or you are planning to be so soon) or if you are breastfeeding, you should avoid taking Cephalexin without first consulting it with your doctor. Cephalexin should be stored away from the children's reach, in a dry and cool place.
You should take in Cephalexin like your physician instructed you to. If you have any further questions, you should contact a doctor, a pharmacist or a nurse. You should read the drug's label for other advice. Cephalexin (Ceftriaxone) should be administered at a clinic, hospital, etc by your doctor. If you are injecting Cephalexin at home you should ask your doctor for the usual injection procedures. If you notice that the drug is discolored or if it contains particles you should not use it. You should take Cephalexin regularly (each day, at a certain hour). You should not stop your treatment with Cephalexin without your physician's approval even if you start to feel better. You must not reuse syringes, needles or any other materials. Ask your doctor, a pharmacist or a nurse how you should dispose of these materials after you have prescribed them.
You should acquire the dose of Cephalexin that works best in your case from your own personal physician. You should not change the dose that your doctor has prescribed you under no circumstances.
If you suspect that you might be suffering from an overdose with Cephalexin, you should seek immediate medical care. Go to your local poison control center at once and inform your doctor as soon as possible. To avoid overdose with Cephalexin you should carefully measure the dose of Cephalexin that you are administered and you should avoid taking double doses of Cephalexin.
In order to get the proper results from your treatment with Cephalexin you should administer it on a regular basis. If you happen to miss one of your doses, you should administer another one as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for another drug dose, simply skip the one that you have missed and continue with your normal dosing schedule. For other advices and recommendations, consult with your personal physician. It is strictly forbidden to take double doses of Cephalexin without first consulting with your doctor.
Most drugs available in pharmacies are known to cause severe or mild side effects. Among Cephalexin's most common side effects are: mild nausea, diarrhea, vomiting. Some of the drug's severe (thus, dangerous) side effects are: allergic reactions (hives, rashes, breathing difficulties, chest tightness, swelling of the lips, mouth, face or tongue), pain, bloody stools, skin redness or pain, seizures, stomach pain or stomach cramps, severe diarrhea, yellowing of the eyes or of the skin, vaginal discharge or vaginal irritation, etc.
Some other side effects might occur during or after your treatment with Cephalexin. If you experience anything unusual, or bothersome, you must inform your doctor as soon as possible.
Some drugs available in stores can and sometimes do interact with Cephalexin. Before you start taking Cephalexin, you should inform your doctor if you are following other treatments with any other drugs. Cephalexin is known to interact with: aminoglycosides (for example gentamicin), cyclosporine, anticoagulants (such as warfarin), or heparin (a combination between Rocephyn and any of these drugs leads to an increase of the drugs' actions and of the drugs' side effects).
There are other drugs that are known to interact with Cephalexin, but that have not been listed here. You should avoid taking other medicines during your treatment with Cephalexin (even if they are simple cough or cold medicines, dietary supplements, vitamins and minerals).
Other Brand Names
In some countries Cephalexin may also be known as: