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Cephalexin 250 MG Tablet

Manufacturer: Zydus Cadila
Medicine composition: Cefalexin
Prescription vs.OTC: Prescription by Doctor required
Last Updated: March 23, 2021

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.

Take as directed, at regular intervals around-the-clock (with or without food). Chilling oral suspension improves flavor (do not freeze). Complete full course of medication, even if you feel better. Drink 2-3 L fluid/day.

If diarrhea occurs, yogurt or buttermilk may help. May cause false-positive test with Clinitest®; use another form of testing. May interfere with oral contraceptives; additional contraceptive measures are necessary. Report severe, unresolved diarrhea; vaginal itching or drainage; sores in mouth; blood, pus, or mucus in stool or urine; easy bleeding or bruising; unusual fever or chills; rash; or respiratory difficulty.

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

The medication is primarily used for the following conditions:

  • Bacterial Infections

Side effects that can occur because of consuming this medication are:

  • 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.
  • Is It safe with alcohol?

    It is found to be safe to consume alcohol while taking this medicine.
  • Is it safe to drive while on this medicine?

    Usually this medicine does not affect the alertness of the patient.
  • Does this affect kidney function?

    Caution must be taken in patient with kidney disease, Adjustment of dose might be needed. Kindly consult your doctor before taking it.
  • Does this affect liver function?

    Caution must be taken in patient with liver disease, Adjustment of dose might be needed. Kindly consult your doctor before taking it.

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.

  • 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.
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  • United States

  • Japan

This medicine works as a bactericidal by inhibiting the bacterial cell wall synthesis by binding to penicillin-binding proteins which inhibits the growth and multiplication of bacteria. Bacteria eventually lyse due to ongoing activity of cell wall autolytic enzymes (autolysins and murein hydrolases) while cell wall assembly is arrested.

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 Alcohol

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

    Positive direct Coombs', false-positive urinary glucose test using cupric sulfate (Benedict's solution, Clinitest®, Fehling's solution), false-positive serum or urine creatinine with Jaffé reaction, false-positive urinary proteins and steroids.
  • Interaction with Food

    Peak antibiotic serum concentration is lowered and delayed, but total drug absorbed is not affected; take on an empty stomach. If GI distress, take with food.
  • Interaction with Disease

    • Increased effect: High-dose probenecid decreases clearance.
    • Increased toxicity: Aminoglycosides increase nephrotoxic potential.

Ques: What is Cephalexin 250 MG Tablet and is used for?

Ans: Cephalexin 250 MG Tablet is an antibiotic. Cephalexin 250 MG Tablet is used in the treatment of bacterial infection.

Ques: Can the use of Cephalexin 250 MG Tablet cause diarrhea?

Ans: Yes, the use of Cephalexin 250 MG Tablet can cause diarrhea. It is an antibiotic which kills the harmful bacteria. However, it also affects the helpful bacteria in your stomach or intestine and causes diarrhea. If diarrhea persists, talk to your doctor about it.

Ques: Is Cephalexin 250 MG Tablet safe?

Ans: Cephalexin 250 MG Tablet is safe if used at prescribed doses for the prescribed duration as advised by your doctor.

Ques: What if Cephalexin 250 MG Tablet doesn't work?

Ans: Talk to your doctor if Cephalexin 250 MG Tablet doesn't seem to work for you. Your doctor may increase the dose of Cephalexin 250 MG Tablet or switch you to an alternate option, which may work for you.

Ques: What if I don't get better after using Cephalexin 250 MG Tablet?

Ans: Inform your doctor if you don't feel better after finishing the full course of treatment. Also, inform him if your symptoms are getting worse while using this medicine.

Ques: Can I stop taking Cephalexin 250 MG Tablet when my symptoms are relieved?

Ans: No, do not stop taking Cephalexin 250 MG Tablet and complete the full course of treatment even if you feel better. Your symptoms may improve before the infection is completely cured.
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