Active ingredients: cefalexin
What it is used 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.
How to take it
The way to take this medicine is: Oral. This medicine is taken by mouth.
- Store below 30 degrees Celsius
- Store in a Dry Place
- Shelf lifetime is 36 Months.
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Always read the label. If symptoms persist see your healthcare professional.
Light green size 0 hard gelatin capsules printed "500" on body and " CEP" on cap in black ink
Do I need a prescription?
This medicine is available from a pharmacist and requires a prescription. It is
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.
For side effects, taking other medicines and more
Download consumer medicine information leaflet (pdf) from the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) website
Reporting side effects
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You can report side effects to your doctor, or directly at www.tga.gov.au/reporting-problems