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Expert Advice

  • It can be taken with meals (helps reduce abdominal discomfort) or without meals.
  • Should be taken at regular intervals as scheduled.
  • Its oral suspension, should be shaken well before use and use a calibrated measuring device to confirm accuracy in dose.
  • If there is unrelieved diarrhea, unusual bleeding or bruising, change in urine pattern, vaginal itching & mouth sores; contact your prescriber immediately.
  • After 2 or more months into the therapy, watery or bloody stools may occur which can be serious and immediate medical help is required.
  • Drink sufficient amount of fluids (2 to 3 liters a day) to maintain hydration, unless prescribed otherwise by the doctor.

Primary Uses


This medicine is used in lung infections, ENT (ear-nose-throat) infections, urinary tract infections, skin, bones and soft tissue infections, sexually transmitted diseases like gonorrhoea and syphilis. This medicine is also used in gynaecological infections (female reproductive system infections), obstetrical (relating to child birth) infections and in different dental procedures.

Side Effects

This medicine may cause allergy, rash, stomach upset, collitis (inflammation of colon), neutropenia (decrease white blood cells), Stevens-Johnson syndrome (rare skin disorder) or toxic epidermal necrolysis (skin disease). Please cosult your doctor if you experience any of these symptoms.



Please consult your doctor before taking this medicine if you are pregnant.


Please consult your doctor before using this medicine when breast feeding.


Please consult your doctor before taking this medicine if you have kidney disease or penicillin allergy.


It is contraindicated in diarrhea caused by clostridium difficile infection, large intestine inflammation, chronic kidney disease stage 4 (severe), chronic kidney disease stage 5 (failure) and in kidney disease with reduction in kidney function.


Cephalexin is a strong antibiotic?

It is a first generation, cephalosporin antibiotic. It is effective against bacteria involved in upper and lower respiratory tract infections, otitis media, skin/bone/joint infections.

How to administer this medicine?

Use it as prescribed by your health care provider. It is advised not to use this repeatedly or for a prolonged period unless instructed by your healthcare provider. Make sure to complete the course of the medicine to prevent recurring infections. The dosage of this medicine is dependent on the age, condition, and its severity.

How to store this medicine?

Please store this medicine at room temperature (20-25 Celsius) or refrigerate (below 10 C) depending on the medicine type and manufacturer. Keep medicine away from excessive light, moisture, and children. Please do not flush medicines down the toilet. Please read the leaflet provided with the medicine for further storage guidance.

How quickly can cephalexin act?

It is an antibiotic that begins by killing the bacteria causing skin infection very quickly. You may not notice its improvement within 2 to 3 days. However, follow all directions of the doctor and complete your dose of cephalexin.

Cephalexin should be taken before or after a meal?

It comes as a capsule, tablet and suspension and taken by mouth. It can be taken usually with or without meal in every 6 to 12 hours for 7 to 14 days.

Which food you shouldn’t have when taking cephalexin?

Foods with acidic content in them like citrus juice, carbonated beverages, chocolate, antacids and tomato-based products (ketchup) can interfere with the absorption of cephalexin.

Which skin infections can cephalexin treat?

It may be effective and highly useful in the treatment of streptococcal and staphylococcal skin infections.


Dawaai's intention is to make sure that it's consumers get information that is accurate, reviewed by an expert and error-free. However, the information mentioned here should not be used as a replacement for the advice of a qualified physician. The information given here is for informational purposes only, which may not cover all possible precautions, side effects, contraindications or drug interactions. Consult your doctor and discuss your queries related to any medicine or disease.


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