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Brand name: Cephalexin (AN) TM

Active ingredients: cefalexin

What it is used for

Treatment of the following bacterial infections when caused by susceptible strains of the designated micro-organisms. Respiratory tract infections: Strep. pneumoniae and group A beta-haemolytic streptococci. Although penicillin is the usual drug of choice in the treatment and prevention of streptococcal infections (including the prophylaxis of rheumatic fever), cefalexin is generally effective in the eradication of streptococci from the nasopharynx. Substantial data establishing the efficacy of cefalexin in the subsequent prevention of rheumatic fever are not available at present. Bacterial sinusitis: Streptococci, Strep. pneumoniae and Staph. aureus (methicillin sensitive only). Otitis media: Strep. pneumoniae, staphylococci (methicillin sensitive only). Skin and skin structure infections: Staphylococci (methicillin sensitive only) and/or streptococci. Genitourinary tract infections, including acute prostatitis: E. coli, P. mirabilis and Klebsiella sp. The effectiveness of cefalexin in the treatment of bacterial infections of the brain and spinal column has not been established and CEPHEX is not indicated in these conditions (see CONTRAINDICATIONS). Note: Appropriate culture and susceptibility tests should be initiated prior to and during therapy to determine susceptibility of the causative organism to CEPHEX. Renal function studies should be performed when indicated.

How to take it

You should seek medical advice in relation to medicines and use only as directed by a healthcare professional.

  • The way to take this medicine: Oral
  • Store below 30 degrees Celsius
  • Shelf lifetime is 2 Years.
  • Store below 30 degrees Celsius
  • Shelf lifetime is 2 Years.

Always read the label. If symptoms persist see your healthcare professional.

Visual appearance

Size '2' capsules with dark green cap imprinted with "250" in black ink and white body.

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Food interactions

For the active ingredient cefalexin

  • Take on empty stomach: 1 hour before or 2 hours after meals.

Do I need a prescription?

This medicine is available from a pharmacist and requires a prescription. It is Schedule 4 : Prescription Only Medicine.

Is this medicine subsidised?

This medicine was verified as being available on the PBS (Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme) on December 1, 2018. To learn more about this subsidy, visit the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) website.

Pregnant or planning a pregnancy?

For the active ingredient cefalexin

This medicine is generally considered safe during pregnancy if taken as directed. During pregnancy, you should discuss your medicine use with your doctor or pharmacist.

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For side effects, taking other medicines and more

Download consumer medicine information leaflet (pdf) from the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) website

Reporting side effects

You can help ensure medicines are safe by reporting the side effects you experience.

You can report side effects to your doctor, or directly at www.tga.gov.au/reporting-problems

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