Cephalexin is a prescription antibiotic prescribed for the treatment of bacterial infections such as:
Cephalexin is a cephalosporin class of antibiotic that works by killing the bacteria that cause the infections. It inhibits the formation of the bacterial cell walls by impairing the bond that holds the cell wall together. This allows holes to appear in the cell wall thus killing the bacteria causing infections.
Cephalexin is a broad-spectrum first-generation antibiotic. It’s active against a wide variety of bacteria including streptococci, Moraxella catarrhalis, hemophilis influenza, and proteus mirabilis. Cephalexin is one of the most prescribed antibiotic s in the US and is one of the safest and most effective drugs needed in the health system. It’s suitable for children, adults and pregnant women.
Cephalexin is available in capsule form in 250 mg and 500 mg strength. The recommended dose for an adult is 1 to 4 grams in divided doses. The typical dose is 250 mg every 6 hours or 500 mg every 12 hours.
Take Cephalexin as directed by your physician. You can take it with or without food. Use this medicine for the full prescribed length of time. You may begin to feel better during the first few days of your treatment. However, do not stop taking your medication without telling your doctor. Stopping your dose may only worsen your condition and may make the bacteria resistant to the antibiotic.