Cefalexin is used to treat and prevent bacterial infections.
Take cefalexin regularly as directed. Keep taking it until the course is finished, even if you start to feel better.
Take the capsules with a glass of water.
Measure the liquid carefully with an oral syringe or measuring spoon. Shake the bottle well before measuring each dose.
Take the missed dose as soon as possible and continue as directed.
Some medicines available without a prescription may react with cefalexin including:
Tell your pharmacist or doctor about all medicines or treatments that you may be taking, including vitamins, herbal products or recreational drugs.
|Side Effects||Recommended action|
Symptoms of allergy including: skin rash, itching, swelling, trouble breathing
|Tell your doctor immediately|
Severe or persistent diarrhoea, abdominal pain
Small white sores in mouth, furry tongue (oral thrush)
Vaginal itch or discharge (vaginal thrush)
|Tell your doctor|
Diarrhoea, stomach upset
|Tell your doctor if troublesome|
If you notice any other effects, discuss them with your doctor or pharmacist.
This leaflet contains important, but not all, information about this medicine.
Prepared by the PILs Committee at Christchurch Hospital, Canterbury District Health Board, New Zealand. March 2018
For more general information about this sheet annd its contents, see: What does a My Medicines sheet cover?
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