What is Cephalexin?
It is a cephalosporin antibiotic use to treat or prevent bacterial infections. Some infections treated include: respiratory, ear, skin, bones and urinary. Your Healthcare provider will determine if this antibiotic is appropriate for your infection.
Cephalexin Adult Dosage
Normal dosage is 500mg two to three times a day. Infections like cellulitis and mastitis make require higher doses such as 500mg every 6 hours or four times a day. Dosage may be reduced when kidney function is poor. This medication may be taken with or without food. Your Doctor will determine the appropriate length of therapy.
Common side effects can include: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, rash headache and dizziness. Rare and serious side effects can include: increased liver enzymes, swelling of the face or throat, serious skin rashes, intestinal infections, lower levels of certain types of blood cells, and seizures. Always contact your Doctor or Pharmacist if you feel you are having side effects, seek immediate attention for serious reactions.
Cephalexin and Alcohol
There is no interaction between cephalexin and alcohol. It seems they are safe to use at the same time. It is probably best to limit or avoid alcohol when your body is fighting an infection. Contact your prescriber if you are uncertain.