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Cephaxin 500 MG Capsule

Manufacturer: Biochem Pharmaceutical Inds
Medicine composition: Cefalexin
Prescription vs.OTC: Prescription by Doctor not required

Cephaxin 500 MG Capsule 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.

Cephaxin 500 MG Capsule 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 Cephaxin 500 MG Capsule 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 Cephaxin 500 MG Capsule 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

Cephaxin 500 MG Capsule 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.

  • Ear Infection (Otitis Media)

    Cephaxin 500 MG Capsule is used in the treatment of Otitis Media which is an ear infection caused by Streptococcus pneumoniae, Haemophilus influenzae, and Moraxella.
  • Pharyngitis

    Cephaxin 500 MG Capsule is used in the treatment of Pharyngitis which is an inflammation of Pharynx caused by group A Streptococcus.
  • Cystitis

    Cephaxin 500 MG Capsule is used in the treatment of Cystitis which is a bladder infection caused by E.coli, Pseudomonas Aeruginosa, Enterococci and Klebsiella pneumoniae.
  • Pyelonephritis

    Cephaxin 500 MG Capsule is used in the treatment of Pyelonephritis which is a type of kidney infection caused by E.coli, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Enterococci and Klebsiella pneumoniae.
  • Osteomyelitis

    Cephaxin 500 MG Capsule is used in the treatment of Osteomyelitis which is a bone infection caused by Staphylococcus aureus.
  • Allergy

    Avoid if you have a known allergy to Cephaxin 500 MG Capsule or any other Beta-lactam antibiotics like Penicillins and Cephalosporins.
  • 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 Cephaxin 500 MG Capsule , 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.

Cephaxin 500 MG Capsule 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 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 Medicine

    Chloramphenicol

    The desired effect of Cephaxin 500 MG Capsule 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

    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

    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

    Avoid taking cholera vaccine if you have taking Cephaxin 500 MG Capsule. Usage of other antibiotics and vaccines should be reported to the doctor.
  • Interaction with Disease

    Colitis

    Avoid if you experience severe diarrhea, abdominal pain, and blood in stools after taking Cephaxin 500 MG Capsule. Inform the doctor if you have any gastrointestinal diseases. Drink adequate amount of water to prevent dehydration.

    Seizure Disorders

    Use with caution if you have any seizure disorder or a family history of seizures. Discontinue if seizure is due to Cephaxin 500 MG Capsule. Start with appropriate anticonvulsant medicine seizures are clinically indicated.
  • Interaction with Food

    Food

    Information not available.
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