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Cephalexin 250 MG Tablet

Manufacturer: Zydus Cadila
Medicine composition: Cefalexin
Prescription vs.OTC: Prescription by Doctor required

Cephalexin 250 MG Tablet is used for the treatment of various infections that are caused by bacteria. It includes infections in the respiratory tract, bone infections, middle ear infection, urinary tract infection, skin infections and sore throat. It can also be used for preventing endocarditis (heart valve inflammation) that is caused by an infection.

Cephalexin 250 MG Tablet belongs to the drug group known as cephalosporin (antibiotic). It interferes in the formation of the cell walls of the bacteria. This results in the rupturing of the walls and hence kills the bacteria. The medication is available in tablet and liquid form for oral consumption.

The dosage of Cephalexin 250 MG Tablet depends on your age, general health, the condition for which the treatment is being done and its severity, as well as your body’s reaction to the first dose. Take the dosages as directed by the doctor. If you miss a dose, you can have it as soon as you remember about it, but skip it if the time for your next scheduled dose is near. Do not take two doses together to make up for a missed one as overdosing can lead to nausea, vomiting, stomach aches, diarrhea and blood in urine.

The common side effects of Cephalexin 250 MG Tablet include indigestion, stomach pain and inflammation or irritation in the lining of the stomach. Being mild in nature, they tend to go away in a few days. There are some serious side effects though that may occur, which would require immediate medical help:

  • A serious allergic reaction, the symptoms of which may include hives, swelling of the face and lips or trouble breathing
  • Oral thrush or a yeast infection; symptoms include white patches inside the mouth and changes in vaginal discharge
  • Persistent diarrhea with the presence of blood or mucus in stool

Cephalexin 250 MG Tablet can pass on to a new born baby by the mother through breastfeeding and affect the baby. Therefore it is important to inform your doctor regarding the same before taking the medicine. Pregnant women or those planning to get pregnant must also inform their doctor about their condition beforehand.

Information given here is based on the salt and content of the medicine. Effect and uses of medicine may vary from person to person. It is advicable to consult a Internal Medicine Specialist before using this medicine.

Ear Infection (Otitis Media)

Cephalexin 250 MG Tablet is used in the treatment of Otitis Media which is an ear infection caused by Streptococcus pneumoniae, Haemophilus influenzae, and Moraxella.
Cephalexin 250 MG Tablet is used in the treatment of Pharyngitis which is an inflammation of Pharynx caused by group A Streptococcus.

Cystitis

Cephalexin 250 MG Tablet is used in the treatment of Cystitis which is a bladder infection caused by E.coli, Pseudomonas Aeruginosa, Enterococci and Klebsiella pneumoniae.

Pyelonephritis

Cephalexin 250 MG Tablet is used in the treatment of Pyelonephritis which is a type of kidney infection caused by E.coli, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Enterococci and Klebsiella pneumoniae.
Cephalexin 250 MG Tablet is used in the treatment of Osteomyelitis which is a bone infection caused by Staphylococcus aureus.
Avoid if you have a known allergy to Cephalexin 250 MG Tablet or any other Beta-lactam antibiotics like Penicillins and Cephalosporins.
In addition to its intended effect, Cephalexin 250 MG Tablet may cause some unwanted effects too. In such cases, you must seek medical attention immediately. This is not an exhaustive list of side effects. Please inform your doctor if you experience any adverse reaction to the medication.

Diarrhea

Major Common

Abdominal pain

Major Rare

Dark or clay colored stools

Major Rare

Fever

Major Rare

Itching or rash

Major Rare

Joint pain

Major Rare

Dark urine

Major Rare

Loss of appetite

Major Rare

Dizziness

Major Rare

Yellow colored eyes or skin

Major Rare

How long is the duration of effect?

This medicine is excreted in urine and the effect lasts for a duration of 4 to 5 hours.

What is the onset of action?

The peak effect of this medicine can be observed within 1 hour after oral administration.

Are there any pregnancy warnings?

This medicine should be taken during pregnancy only if it is clearly needed under doctor's supervision.

Is it habit forming?

No habit forming tendency has been reported.

Are there any breast-feeding warnings?

This medicine is known to excreted in human breast milk. It should be taken only if clearly needed under doctor's supervision. Monitoring of undesired effects like diarrhea or thrush is necessary.
Below is the list of medicines, which have the same composition, strength and form as Cephalexin 250 MG Tablet , and hence can be used as its substitute.
Dr. Reddys Laboratories Ltd
Glaxosmithkline Pharmaceuticals Ltd
Zydus Cadila
Bestochem Formulations (I) Ltd

Missed Dose instructions

The missed dose should be taken as soon possible. It is advisable to skip the missed dose if it's already time for your next scheduled dose.

Overdose instructions

Seek emergency medical treatment or contact the doctor in case of overdose.

India

United States

Japan

Cephalexin 250 MG Tablet belongs to the first generation cephalosporins. It works as a bactericidal by inhibiting the bacterial cell wall synthesis by binding to the penicillin-binding proteins which inhibits the growth and multiplication of bacteria.
Whenever you take more than one medicine, or mix it with certain foods or beverages, you"re at risk of a drug interaction.

Interaction with Disease

Colitis

Moderate
Avoid if you experience severe diarrhea, abdominal pain, and blood in stools after taking Cephalexin 250 MG Tablet. Inform the doctor if you have any gastrointestinal diseases. Drink adequate amount of water to prevent dehydration.

Seizure disorders

Moderate
Use with caution if you have any seizure disorder or a family history of seizures. Discontinue if seizure is due to Cephalexin 250 MG Tablet. Start with appropriate anticonvulsant medicine seizures are clinically indicated.

Interaction with Alcohol

Alcohol

Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.

Interaction with Lab Test

Lab

Information not available.

Interaction with Food

Food

Information not available.

Interaction with Medicine

Chloramphenicol

Moderate
The desired effect of Cephalexin 250 MG Tablet will not be achieved if these medicines are taken together. Appropriate dose adjustments or an alternate medicine should be considered based on the clinical condition.

Metformin

Moderate
Taking these medicines together may increase the risk of lowering the blood glucose levels. Monitor blood glucose levels constantly If coadministration is necessary. Suitable dose adjustments or an alternate medicine should be considered based on the clinical condition.

Ethinyl Estradiol

Moderate
The desired effect of contraceptive pills will not be achieved if these medicines are taken together. Consult the doctor if you are receiving these medicines. Suitable dose adjustments or an alternate medicine should be considered based on the clinical condition

Cholera Vaccine

Major
Avoid taking cholera vaccine if you have taking Cephalexin 250 MG Tablet. Usage of other antibiotics and vaccines should be reported to the doctor.
What are you using Cephalexin 250 MG Tablet for?
Other
Cystitis
How much was the improvement?
Average
How long did it take before seeing improvement?
Within 6 hours
More than 2 days
How frequently did you take this medicine?
Thrice a day
Not taking on daily level
How did you take this medicine?
With Food
With or without food
What were the side effects of this medicine?
Dark urine
Fever
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Lybrate does not take responsibility for any aspect of medicines or treatments. If you have any doubts about your medication, we strongly recommend you to see a doctor immediately.

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