is there any updates / news on uses of cephalexin and its dosages?
Cephalexin is a prescription antibiotic licensed to treat and prevent bacterial infections. It comes in either capsule or liquid form in a variety of strengths. Infections that can be treated with the drug include bone infections, middle ear infections, and respiratory tract infections. It can also be used to prevent heart valve infections. Possible side effects of cephalexin include diarrhea, headache, and upset stomach.
The recommended dose of cephalexin for most types of bacterial infections is 250 mg to 1000 mg, taken four times a day for 7 to 14 days. For chronic or more serious infections, the doc may continue treatment for a longer period of time.
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 dose of cephalexin for the prevention of bacterial endocarditis in adults is 2000 mg, taken one hour before a surgical procedure is performed.
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.
However for more info do talk to a doc/pharmacist, take care.
- Cephalexin Information for Consumers
- Cephalexin Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Cephalexin (detailed)
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