can I use cephalexin for emergency treatment for a tooth abcess?
29 May 2010
Dosage of cephalexcin as reported for children is:
Cephalexin Dose for Bacterial Infections
In children, the cephalexin dosage can range, depending on body weight, from 25 mg to 100 mg per kilogram of body weight per day (mg/kg/day). The dose is divided and taken three to four times a day for 7 to 14 days. Children should generally be limited to 4000 mg or less per day.
Cephalexin Dosage for Preventing Bacterial Endocarditis
The recommended dosage in children is 50 mg per kilogram of body weight, up to a maximum of 2000 mg, taken one hour before a surgical procedure is performed.
Please check with the doc./pharmacist who is better qualified to recommend the dose for a 6 month old, hope this helps?
29 May 2010
Do you mean the medication is 6 months old? You can ask the pharmacist-most drugs are good for a year but I would not take an antibiotic that was prescribed for something else. When you are given an antibiotic you should be sure to take all the medication unless advised by your Dr. to stop. It is not recommended that you take left over antibiotics that were prescribed previously even if the symptoms are the same. Taking left over antibiotics can lead to what is called a super-infection and can make bacteria resistant to the antibiotics if they are not taken in the right amount or the correct length of time. You should really consult your Dr. to make sure you are getting what you need to treat your symptoms.
- Cephalexin Information for Consumers
- Cephalexin Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Cephalexin (detailed)
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