I was prescribed cephalexin capsules I can not swallow pills so I break them apart and take the powder thats in side and throw the outer later away. Is this bad or am I ok?
21 Feb 2012
Hi. I think you better call the pharmacy. Though I have taken the drug, I don't know if it is a time release. If so that gel capsule is made so it dissolves later. Some things have to dissolve in the intestines or they don't work. A quick call and they may have a different method to give to you.
24 Feb 2012
You are playing Russian Roulette! Many meds/capsules are time-released and that is why they are in gel caps. If you take the powder, you are getting too high of a dose at one time. Call your pharmacist or doctor, but don't open the capsules and take the contents. If it were safe to take the whole dose at one time (as you are) the medicine would be in pill form and not in a capsule.
- Cephalexin Information for Consumers
- Cephalexin Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Cephalexin (detailed)
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