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Brand name: Cephalexin (Generic Health)

Cephalexin (Generic Health) is a medicine containing the active ingredient(s) cefalexin. On this page you will find out more about Cephalexin (Generic Health), 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

Information for medicine and pack size:
Cephalexin (Generic Health) 500 mg capsule, 20

Consumer Medicine Information leaflet:

This leaflet may also be found inside the medicine package. It contains information on side effects, age restrictions and other useful data.

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What this medicine is for

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 GENERICHEALTH Capsules are generally effective in the eradication of streptococci from the nasopharynx; however, substantial data establishing the efficacy of Cephalexin Capsules 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 GENERICHEALTH Capsules in the treatment of bacterial infections of the brain and spinal column has not been established and CEPHALEXIN GENERICHEALTH capsules are 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 GENERICHEALTH Capsule. Renal function studies should be performed when indicated.

Table of characteristics
Table of characteristics
Active ingredient
Visual appearance Size '0' capsules with dark green cap imprinted with "500" in black ink and light green body without imprint.

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Dosage Form Capsule
Route of administration Oral
Medicine schedule
20 capsules: Prescription Only Medicine, or Prescription Animal Remedy

There are 2 types of pack available. You'll need to identify which type of pack you have in order to use this information.

Pack type 1
Pack type 1
Type Blister Pack
Storage temperature Store below 30 degrees Celsius
Storage conditions No information available
Life time 2 Years
Pack type 2
Pack type 2
Type Blister Pack
Storage temperature Store below 30 degrees Celsius
Storage conditions No information available
Life time 2 Years
This medicine was verified as being available on the PBS (Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme) on 1 November 2017

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.

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