In this drug factsheet:DIN (Drug Identification Number)
|00768723 ||APO-CEPHALEX 250MG TABLET|
|00768715 ||APO-CEPHALEX 500MG TABLET|
How does this medication work? What will it do for me?
Cephalexin is an antibiotic that belongs to the family of medications known as cephalosporins. It is used to treat certain types of bacteria infections. Cephalexin is most often used to treat infections of the throat, skin, ear, bladder, respiratory tract, and bone. It works by killing the bacteria causing the infection.
Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. As well, some forms of this medication may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are taking this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor.
Do not give this medication to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to take this medication if their doctor has not prescribed it.
How should I use this medication?
The recommended adult dose of cephalexin ranges from 250 mg to 1,000 mg 4 times daily. It can be taken with food or on an empty stomach.
The usual dose of cephalexin for children is based on body weight. The recommended dose is 25 mg to 50 mg per kilogram of body weight each day, divided into 4 equal doses.
Many things can affect the dose of a medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are taking the medication without consulting your doctor.
Although it may be absorbed more quickly if it is taken on an empty stomach, cephalexin may be taken with food or on an empty stomach. The overall effect is not changed by taking it with food.
The liquid form of this medication should be measured accurately with a medication spoon or oral syringe.
Finish all of this medication, even you start to feel better. This will reduce the chance of the infection returning.
It is important to take this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you miss a dose, take it as soon as possible and continue with your regular schedule. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
Store the liquid form of this medication in the refrigerator. Do not freeze. The tablets should be stored at room temperature. Protect all forms of this medication from light and moisture, and keep it out of the reach of children.
Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.
What form(s) does this medication come in?
Each capsule-shaped, orange, film-coated tablet, identified "APO-250", contains cephalexin monohydrate equivalent to 250 mg of cephalexin. Nonmedicinal ingredients: carnauba wax, colloidal silicon dioxide, hydroxypropyl cellulose, hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, magnesium stearate, microcrystalline cellulose, polyethylene glycol, stearic acid, FD&C Yellow No. 6 Aluminum Lake, and titanium dioxide.
Each capsule-shaped, orange, film-coated tablet, scored and identified "APO 500", contains cephalexin monohydrate equivalent to 500 mg of cephalexin. Nonmedicinal ingredients: carnauba wax, colloidal silicon dioxide, hydroxypropyl cellulose, hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, magnesium stearate, microcrystalline cellulose, polyethylene glycol, stearic acid, FD&C Yellow No. 6 Aluminum Lake, and titanium dioxide.
Who should NOT take this medication?
Cephalexin should not be taken by anyone who:
- is allergic to cephalexin, any of the cephalosporin antibiotics, or to any of the ingredients of the medication
- is allergic to penicillin (people allergic to penicillin should be monitored by their doctor as they have an increased risk of being allergic to cephalosporin antibiotics)