Generic Name: Keflex
What is Keflex?
Keflex kills not only bacteria causing problems but also good bacteria that protect your gut. This allows Clostridium difficile to grow in your intestine and produce harmful toxins. Keflex is an antibiotic in the cephalosporin class. It is used to treat less-common infections causing prostatitis such as:In addition to taking Keflex for prostatitis, Keflex is also used to treat the following conditions:Patients with an allergy or previous reaction to Keflex or other cephalosporin drugs should not take Keflex.
If you have ever had a reaction to another cephalosporin drug or a penicillin, you need to let your doctor know. Examples of other cephalosporin drugs include:Make sure that you tell your doctor about any other medications you may be taking. Keflex is not a good choice for the treatment of prostatitis if you are taking certain drugs such as metformin or Coumadin warfarin.
Combining metformin with Keflex decreases the excretion of metformin and requires close monitoring of renal function. Combining anticoagulants like Coumadin with Keflex may increase the anticoagulant effect of Coumadin and increase risk of bleeding. If you forget a dose when taking Keflex, take the missed dose as soon as possible.
If you are close to the next dose do not double the dose and continue on the regular dosing schedule until the entire antibiotic is gone.
This medicine should not be used if you are allergic to one or any of its ingredients. Please inform your doctor or pharmacist if you have previously experienced such an allergy. If you feel you have experienced an allergic reaction, stop using this medicine and inform your doctor or pharmacist immediately. Certain medicines should not be used during pregnancy or breastfeeding. However, other medicines may be safely used in pregnancy or breastfeeding providing the benefits to the mother outweigh the risks to the unborn baby.
Always inform your doctor if you are pregnant or planning a pregnancy, before using any medicine. Medicines and their possible side effects can affect individual people in different ways. The following are some of the side effects that are known to be associated with this medicine. Just because a side effect is stated here does not mean that all people using this medicine will experience that or any side effect. The side effects listed above may not include all of the side effects reported by the medicine's manufacturer.
For more information about any other possible risks associated with this medicine, please read the information provided with the medicine or consult your doctor or pharmacist. It is important to tell your doctor or pharmacist what medicines you are already taking, including those bought without a prescription and herbal medicines, before you start treatment with this medicine.
Similarly, check with your doctor or pharmacist before taking any new medicines while taking this one, to make sure that the combination is safe. Broad spectrum antibiotics such as cefalexin may enhance the effect of coumarin anticoagulant medicines to prevent blood clots, such as warfarin. If you are taking warfarin your doctor may want you to have your blood clotting time INR checked more frequently while taking this antibiotic.
How should I take Keflex?
Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions about why Keflex has been prescribed for you. Before taking KeflexYou should tell your doctor if you have any of the following conditions or if you have ever experienced any of these conditions. It is very important that your doctor is aware of these matters when determining whether or not to prescribe Keflex. When you must NOT take KeflexDo NOT take Keflex if you have had an allergic reaction to Keflex, other cephalosporins or any of the ingredients listed at the end of this leaflet see 'Product Description'.
Signs of an allergic reaction may include itching of the skin, shortness of breath and swelling of the tongue or face. If you take this medicine after the expiry date has passed it may not work as well. Before you start to take KeflexYou must tell your doctor if you have had any type of allergic reaction to penicillin medicines.
You may have an increased chance of being allergic to Keflex if you are allergic to penicillins.
What should I avoid while taking Keflex?
It may also be used for certain types of pneumonia, strep throat, and to prevent bacterial endocarditis. Cefalexin is not effective against infections caused by methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus MRSAEnterococcus, or Pseudomonas.
Like other antibiotics, cefalexin cannot treat viral infections, such as the flu, common cold or acute bronchitis. Cefalexin can be used in those who have mild or moderate allergies to penicillin. However, it is not recommended in those with severe penicillin allergies. Those with kidney problems may require a decrease in dose.
Keflex side effects
Call your doctor or local Poison Control Center, or go to the nearest emergency room. This could result in dangerous side effects. How to tell if the drug is working: Your symptoms and your infection should go away if this drug is working. A prescription for this medication is refillable. You should not need a new prescription for this medication to be refilled. Your doctor will write the number of refills authorized on your prescription.
Your doctor may do blood tests to check how well your kidneys are working.
Common Keflex ide effects may include:
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Your doctor will write the number of refills authorized on your prescription.
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However, if you are taking the contraceptive pill and experience vomiting or diarrhoea as a result of taking this antibiotic, you should follow the instructions for vomiting and diarrhoea described in the leaflet provided with your pills.
Diffusion Techniques Quantitative methods that require measurement of zone diameters also provide reproducible estimates of the susceptibility of bacteria to antimicrobial compounds. Quality Control Standardized susceptibility test procedures require the use of laboratory controls to monitor and ensure the accuracy and precision of supplies and reagents used in the assay, and the techniques of the individual performing the test1,2,3.
Ask the patient about any previous hypersensitivity reactions to KEFLEX, other beta-lactams including cephalosporins or other allergens Advise patients that diarrhea is a common problem caused by antibacterial drugs and usually resolves when the drug is discontinued. Sometimes, frequent watery or bloody diarrhea may occur and may be a sign of a more serious intestinal infection.
If severe watery or bloody diarrhea develops, advise patients to contact their healthcare provider.
Where can I get more information?
Stopping the medication too early may allow bacteria to continue to grow, which may result in a return of the infection.
Cephalexin has a bactericidal effect, so it is inappropriate to use it in conjunction with antibiotics, having bacteriostatic effect for example, antibiotics, tetracycline, and chloramphenicol.