Cephalex is a medicine containing the active ingredient(s) cefalexin. On this page you will find out more about Cephalex, including side effects, age restrictions, food interactions and whether the medicine is subsidised by the government on the pharmaceutical benefits scheme (PBS)
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Active ingredient in this medicine: cefalexin
Pack size information
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Information for medicine and pack size:
Cephalex 250 mg capsule, 20
Consumer Medicine Information leaflet:
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What this medicine is for
Cephalexin is indicated in the treatment of the following infections when caused by susceptible strains of the designated microorganisms:,- Respiratory tract infections caused by S. pneumoniae and group A beta-haemolytic streptococci (Penicillin is the usual drug of choice in the treatment and prevention of streptococcal infections, including the prophylaxis of rheumatic fever. Cephalexin is generally effective in the eradication of streptococci from the nasopharynx; however, substantial data establishing the efficacy of cephalexin in the subsequent prevention of rheumatic fever are not available at present.),- Bacterial sinusitis caused by streptococci, S. pneumoniae and S. aureus (methicillin-sensitive only),- Otitis media due to S. pneumoniae, staphylococci,- Skin and soft-tissue infections caused by staphylococci and/or streptococci,- Genitourinary tract infections, including acute prostatitis caused by E. coli, P. mirabilis, and Klebsiella sp.,The effectiveness of cephalexin in the treatment of bacterial infections of the brain and spinal column has not been established and cephalexin is not indicated in these conditions.,NOTE: Appropriate culture and susceptibility tests should be initiated prior to and during therapy to determine susceptibility of the causative organism to cephalexin. Renal function studies should be performed when indicated.
Table of characteristics
Dark green size 2 hard gelatin capsules printed "250" on body and " CEP" on cap in black ink
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|Route of administration||Oral|
20 capsules): Prescription Only Medicine, or Prescription Animal Remedy
There is one type of pack available.
Pack type 1
|Storage temperature||Store below 30 degrees Celsius|
|Storage conditions||Store in a Dry Place|
|Life time||36 Months|
This medicine was verified as being available on the PBS (Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme) on 1 February 2018
The PBS provides a list of government subsidised medicines available to be dispensed to patients. Further information can be found on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme website.
Is this medication banned in sport?
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