CEFALEXIN 250MG CAPSULE HARD

Active substance: CEFALEXIN MONOHYDRATE

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PATIENT INFORMATION LEAFLET

If you forget to take Cefalexin Capsules
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you
remember. If it is almost time to take the next
dose, skip the missed dose and carry on as
before. DO NOT take a double dose to make up
for a forgotten dose.

CEFALEXIN 250MG CAPSULES
CEFALEXIN 500MG CAPSULES
(cefalexin monohydrate)
Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start taking this medicine.
• Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
• If you have any further questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
• This medicine has been prescribed for you. Do not pass it on to others. It may harm them,
even if their symptoms are the same as yours.
• If any of the side effects get serious, or if you notice any side effects not listed in this leaflet,
please tell your doctor.
IN THIS LEAFLET
1. What Cefalexin capsules are and what they are used for
2. Before you take Cefalexin capsules
3. How to take Cefalexin capsules
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Cefalexin capsules
6. Further information

1.

WHAT CEFALEXIN CAPSULES ARE
AND WHAT THEY ARE USED FOR

Cefalexin capsules contain cefalexin as the active
ingredient, which belongs to a class of antibiotics
called ‘cephalosporins’. The capsules are used to
treat a variety of bacterial infections. These
include infections of the airways from nose to
lungs, ear, bones and joints, skin and urinary or
reproduction systems, including inflammation of
the prostate gland. They are also used to treat
dental infections.

2.

BEFORE YOU TAKE CEFALEXIN
CAPSULES

Do not take Cefalexin Capsules if you have:
• an allergy (hypersensitivity) to the
cephalosporin group of antibiotics, or to any of
the ingredients in the product (see section 6).
• porphyria; a hereditary metabolic disorder.
Take special care with Cefalexin Capsules if
you have:
• an allergy to the penicillin group of antibiotics
• kidney problems
• inflammation of the large intestine, symptoms
include: diarrhoea, pain and fever.
You should be aware that Cefalexin Capsules
may give a false result for:
• certain blood tests (e.g. Coombs’ test)
• glucose urine test
Taking other medicines
Please inform your doctor if you are taking or
have recently taken any other medicines,
including those obtained without a prescription.
In particular, tell your doctor if you are taking any
of the following:
• other antibiotics, especially amphotericin,
capreomycin, vancomycin, or an
aminoglycoside – a broad spectrum antibiotic
(for example, gentamicin or neomycin)
• metformin for treatment of diabetes
• diuretics (water tablets) such as furosemide,
bumetanide or probenecid for gout
• medication for leukaemia
Taking Cefalexin Capsules with food and drink
These capsules may be taken before, during or
after your meals.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
Ask your doctor for advice before taking any
medicine if you are pregnant or planning to
become pregnant.

If you have any further questions on the use of
this product, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

4.

Driving and using machines
Cefalexin Capsules are not expected to affect
your ability to drive or operate machinery.
Important information about some of the
ingredients of Cefalexin Capsules
This medicine contains lactose. If you have been
told by your doctor that you have an intolerance
to some sugars, contact your doctor before taking
this medicine.

3.

If you stop taking your medicine
Keep taking this medicine until your doctor tells
you to stop. DO NOT stop taking it just because
you feel better. If you stop taking this medicine,
your infection may return or get worse.

HOW TO TAKE CEFALEXIN CAPSULES

The doctor will decide on the most appropriate
dose for you, based on the nature and severity of
your infection. The label will tell you how many
capsules you need to take as well as how often to
take them.
Swallow the capsules whole with water.
Adults: The usual dose is 500mg every 8 hours,
although your doctor may tell you to take 1g to 4g
a day, split up into smaller doses.
For skin and soft tissue infections, sore throat
(Streptococcal pharyngitis), and mild,
uncomplicated urinary tract infections, the usual
dose is 250mg every 6 hours or 500mg every 12
hours. For more severe infections, larger doses
may be needed.

POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS

Like all medicines, Cefalexin Capsules can cause
side effects, although not everyone gets them.
STOP taking your medicine immediately and
contact your doctor if you experience:
• rash, fever, itchy skin, swelling of the lips, eyes,
tongue or difficulty breathing. These are signs
of an allergic reaction. Stop taking the
capsules immediately
• severe skin rash with flushing, fever, blisters or
ulcers in your nose or mouth, or redness,
peeling and swelling of the skin
• blood disorders (if you bruise more easily, have
a sore throat, fever or a chill)
• severe diarrhoea containing blood or mucus.
Colitis (inflammation of the colon) can also
occur during or after treatment
• liver damage, e.g. jaundice (yellowing of the
skin and whites of eyes), hepatitis (swelling and
inflammation of the liver)
• nephritis (inflamed kidneys)

Medicines should not be disposed of via
wastewater or household waste. Ask your
pharmacist how to dispose of medicines no longer
required. These measures will help to protect the
environment.

6.

FURTHER INFORMATION

What Cefalexin Capsules contain
The active ingredient is cefalexin, 250mg or
500mg.
The other ingredients are lactose, magnesium
stearate. The capsule shell contains black iron
oxide (E172), titanium dioxide (E171), erythrosin
(E127), quinoline yellow (E104) and gelatin.
What Cefalexin Capsules look like and
contents of the pack
Cefalexin Capsules are grey/orange capsules
containing white powder and printed with ‘CHX
250’ (250mg) or ‘CHX 500’ (500 mg).
They are available in blister packs of 7, 14, 20,
21, 28, 30, 50, 56, 60, 100 or 500 capsules (not
all pack sizes may be marketed).
Marketing Authorisation holder:
Athlone Pharmaceuticals Limited, Ballymurray,
Co.Roscommon, Ireland.
Distributor
Kent Pharmaceuticals Limited, Repton Road,
Measham, DE12 7DT, U.K.
PL 30464/0074 and PL 30464/0075
This leaflet was last reviewed in July 2013.

Tell your doctor if you suffer from any of the
following for more than a few days:
• feeling or being sick, heartburn, indigestion,
stomach pain, diarrhoea
• skin rashes
• dizziness, tiredness, headache, sleep
disorders, nervousness
• feeling confused or agitated, hallucinations,
extreme restlessness
• painful or swollen joints, extreme muscle
tension
• itching around the anus or genitals, inflamed
vagina, discharge from the vagina

Elderly: You should take the normal adult dose,
unless you have severe kidney problems, when
the maximum daily dose will be 500mg.

Laboratory Values
Slight elevations in some laboratory blood tests of
liver function have been observed.
If any of the side effects gets serious, or if you
notice any side effects not listed in this leaflet,
please tell your doctor.

Children over 5 years: Your doctor will calculate
the correct dose, depending on the child’s weight.
The usual daily dose is 25mg to 50mg for each
kilogram of their weight and is usually split up into
smaller amounts taken every 8 or 12 hours. If
your child is taking Cefalexin Capsules for ear
infections, he or she may have to take 75mg to
100mg for each kilogram of their weight, split up
into smaller doses throughout the day.

Reporting of side effects
Also you can help to make sure that medicines
remain as safe as possible by reporting any
unwanted side effects via the internet at
www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard. Alternatively you
can call Freephone 0808 100 3352 (available
from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays to Fridays or fill
in a paper form available from your local
pharmacy.

This medicine is not recommended for use in
children under 5 years of age.
If you take more Cefalexin Capsules than you
should
Contact your doctor or nearest hospital casualty
department IMMEDIATELY for advice if you (or
someone else) have swallowed too many
capsules. Take this leaflet, any remaining
capsules and the pack they were in with you to
the hospital.

Cefalexin passes into breast milk, so tell your
doctor if you are breast-feeding.
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5.

HOW TO STORE CEFALEXIN
CAPSULES

KEEP OUT OF THE SIGHT AND REACH OF
CHILDREN.
Do not store above 25°C.
Store Cefalexin Capsules in their original package
and keep containers tightly closed.
Do not use the capsules after the expiry ‘EXP’
date which is printed on the carton (the expiry
date refers to the last day of the month stated).
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Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

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