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What is Generic Keflex and why is it used?
Generic Keflex is used to treat bacterial infections in humans. The drug is also known as cephalosporin antibiotic. It stops the growth of bacteria. However the medication does not work for viral infections such as cold, influenza, and other such infections. But this antibiotic should be used only in the event of infection and not otherwise. The drug is also used in patients with certain heart conditions to prevent serious infection (bacterial endocarditis).
Method of dosage of Generic Keflex - cephalosporin
Generic Keflex comes in the form of oral tablets and suspension and you have to follow your doctor’s instructions while taking them. The tablets (dosage) are normally spaced out between 6 to 12 hours with or without food. In case of suspensions make sure to shake the bottle well before taking the dose. Measure the suspension in the measuring spoon or container provided with the drug. Do not use household spoons to measure the drug as you may consume wrong portion. The dose is based on your medical condition and response to the treatment. With kids the dose is based on their weigh and intensity of infection. You should complete the entire course of medication without break or change in time of dosage. Do not stop taking the drug in between without informing your doctor as the infection is likely to crop up again after some time. You should feel relieved within two to three days of treatment but if your infection persists or worsens after three days then you should consult your doctor.
Precautions to be taken for Generic Keflex - cephalosporin
- Basic precaution to be taken is checking your allergic reaction to various compounds of Cephalexin or Keflex. Inform your doctor if you are allergic to penicillin or cephalosporin. Go to the doctor who knows your medical history or let the new doctor know the history of drugs taken by you especially those pertaining to kidney ailments, stomach or intestinal diseases such as Colitis.
- Diabetic patients should not take liquid drug (suspension) as it has sugar content.
- Pregnant women should take this drug only when needed with expert’s guidance
- Breast feeding women should be cautious as the drug passes to their feeding infant through milk. Consult your doctor about the same.
Side effects of Generic Keflex - cephalosporin
Generally most patients using this drug have not reported any alarming side effects. If your doctor has prescribed you the drug then he may have weighed the pros and cons of its effects on you. For those who use the drug for a long duration may experience oral thrush or a new yeast infection. If you notice white patches in mouth, change in vaginal discharge or any other new symptom then you need to rush to your doctor or medical expert. If you develop diarrhoea, abdominal pain/ cramping/ mucus in stool then you should inform your doctor. Also if you encounter any allergic reaction like rash, itching, swelling (of tongue, face, throat), severe dizziness, breathing trouble then you should get in touch with your doctor without wasting much time.
Drug interactions of Generic Keflex - cephalosporin
You take medicine to relieve yourself of a particular condition but if it contradicts with your regular drugs that you take for other conditions then you experience mild to severe side effects. To avoid such drug interactions make sure you share your medical history with your doctor who recommends you Cephalexin or Keflex. You should submit him the entire list of prescription drugs/OTC drugs and herbal drugs taken by you regularly. Your regular birth control pills may also react with antibiotics making them ineffective and causing accidental pregnancy. Make sure to consult your doctor under such circumstances and get your birth control pill changed. Normally such drugs are rifampin or rifabutin. Keflex can also interfere with your laboratory tests (blood glucose test) and induce faulty results. So keep your lab personnel informed about the various drugs you use.
In case of missed dose of Generic Keflex - cephalosporin
In case you have missed or skipped particular dose then take it when you remember it. But if you are approaching close to your next scheduled dose then just forget the missed dose and carry on with the new dose. Do not take double dose to compensate with the missed dose as it can lead to serious health complications and even medical emergency.
In case of accidental overdose of Generic Keflex - cephalosporin
In case of accidental overdose just reach the patient/victim to your nearest medical emergency centre and report poisoning.