What is keflex used for?
This medical product is essentially manufactured for the treatment of various bacterial infections such as skin, upper respiratory, urinary tract and ear related infections. As a cephalosporin antibiotic, it effectively works to combat the spread of any bacteria. While it works for all bacterial infections, it does not work for viral related infections like flu and common cold. As effective as it is, undue usage or abuse can reduce its potency as common to all keflex antibiotics. Other keflex uses include prior treatment of dental procedures especially with patients having artificial heart conditions with the purpose of preventing serious heart infection.
How to use keflex
It is advisable to adhere strictly to the prescribed dosage without exceeding the stated number of doses or trying to extend the number of times and days it should be taken. Instructions should also be properly followed. The drug can be found in both keflex 250 mg and keflex 500mg in capsule forms or other parameters.
Each keflex should be taken with glass of water (full)
The dispersible tablet should be dissolved in a little quantity of water (2 teaspoonfuls)
Mixture should be stirred and taken at once
Dispersible tablets are not to be chewed or swallowed
For liquid keflex (oral suspension),
The liquid should be rigorously shaken together before the right dose is measured out using the given measuring cup or spoon
Ask your doctor or pharmacist for the right dose if confused
Stick to the prescribed number of days should symptoms disappear before the stipulated time
All keflex medication forms, capsules/tablets should be kept at room temperature far from heat and dampness. The liquid form should be properly refrigerated while unused product or left over should be discarded after fourteen days.
Keflex side effects
As a common feature of all drugs, keflex also has side effects but it must be kept in mind that the advantages are far greater than the demerits of it. A lot of users have recorded little to no side effects of keflex. Some obvious effects include stomach upset, diarrhea, vomiting and nausea. Prolong or repeated use over time can result in the growth of new yeast/ vaginal discharge/ itching, or oral thrust/ white patches in the mouth. It can also cause convulsions (seizure), fever, headaches and sore throat, skin rash, tiredness/weakness, bleeding or bruising, changed skin (pale or yellow), inability to urinate among others. While these symptoms may be considered mild, your doctor should be consulted for their persistence.
Care should be taken to avoid self medication such as narcotic pain medications or anti-diarrhea products should diarrhea occur as a symptom of side effect in the course of drug administration or weeks after.
There is also the tendency of unusual medical test results when on this medication. Your doctor should be notified of the use of this drug before embarking on any medical test.
Keflex Precautions And Interactions
It is advisable to get your doctor informed on drugs you are allergic to. For instance, if you are allergic to either penicillin or cephalexin or other cephalosporins ingredient like cefpodoxime, then, you must carry your doctor along. There may also be other trace ingredients that may affect you negatively. So check up with your doctor before you are given. Also, let your doctor know some of your health history if you have:
Kidney or liver disease
Diabetes because the oral suspension may have sugar in it
Stomach or any intestinal disease
If you want to go for surgery, your doctor must be informed about all drugs taken, herbal prescribed and self medicated. Pregnant women should take it strictly under medical prescription while lactating mothers should avoid it as it passes to the breast milk.
For interactions, it is better to share past or current drug intakes with your doctor before embarking on this. The following works to interact with the effectiveness of this drug:
BCG and typhoid vaccines
Coumadin, Warfarin, a blood thinner
Some antibiotics may interact with hormonal birth control medicines by reducing its potency resulting into pregnancy
Interference with various laboratory tests resulting in false or negative results
The normal dosage for the drug should not be exceeded as this can lead to various symptoms such as seizures, continuous vomiting and possibility of blood in the urine. Medical prescriptions for patients usually vary depending on the severity of the problem at hand. So, no patient should disclose his/her dosage to another patient without consulting with the doctor. Also, for same patient, your present dose may be different from future dosage depending on the severity of the condition and the infection being treated. So, do not assume a onetime dosage for all time dosage. In case of overdose, consult your doctor for the way forward. You must also keep it in mind that there is no keflex for the flu treatment