User Reviews for Keflex to treat Skin or Soft Tissue Infection
Keflex has an average rating of 6.4 out of 10 from a total of 25 ratings for the treatment of Skin or Soft Tissue Infection. 60% of reviewers reported a positive effect, while 32% reported a negative effect.
“I had recurring boils in one area. They would show up randomly so the dr. was never able to take a culture since they would come to a head and then pop whenever. He put me on a 20 day regimen of Keflex (500) and another ointment antibiotic that he told me to dab into my nose. He said for some odd reason, boils seem to start in the nose. I followed the instructions and had a minor recurrence several months later. I went immediately to see him so he put me back on Keflex. These boils were clustered and leaving scars in the area. They haven't recurred and the scars are gone. Since I caught them starting the 2nd time, they never had a chance to come to a head because I stayed on top of it. I highly recommend it for a skin bacterial infection.”
“Got multiple venomous spider bites on left buttocks... Turned into a staph infection. Before taking the medicine I was in so much pain I could barely sit or lay down. Been on the medicine for two days now at 500mg twice a day (along with Epsom salt baths) and it has already GREATLY improved my infection, the sores, and my ability to sit!”
“I had to take a double dosage of Keflex. I weigh about 115lbs and had to take Keflex 500mg 4 times a day for 10 days. I didn't have any issues with side effects or drinking alcohol while on it. It was prescribed as a precaution after I accidentally got a cut on my leg that required 13 stitches. The only dissatisfactory attribute was the horrid sulfur smell of the capsules.”
“Had an ingrown toenail infection. Was given 500mg keflex taken 4 times a day for 7 days. It is working and I have no pain in my toe. However... so far I've had diarrhea, stomach pain, tiredness and weakness, dizzy spells, yellow skin, loss of appetite, nauseous, red scratchy eyes. So most of the usual stuff. The long and short of it is my toe will be healed as long as I can deal with the side effects for a few more days.”
“Keflex 500 mg 3 times a day is slowly but surely getting rid of my folliculitis. It took about 3 days for the infection to stop oozing, another 2 days later it has almost completely dried up. No discernible side effects for me.”
“Works very well for treating the cellulitis I got from an insect bite. But don't drink alcohol while you are on this medication. I had half a beer and started feeling really nauseous, had a migraine and my stomach hurt.”
“Prescribed 500 mg 4x a day for 10 days for an infected ingrown hair on my bikini line. I've gotten lots of ingrown hair infections in the past and usually just let them run their course, but taking this was SO much better! Cleared up by day 4, absolutely no side effects, even drinking alcohol went well. Only giving it a 9 because waking up to take it every 6 hours was very annoying, especially once it seemed to have gotten better.”
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“I've been prescribed this antibiotic many times. I just realized that with my current course for a skin infection that I sweat profusely when I take this. The last time I had episodes of profuse sweating was the last time I was on this! I don't see it listed anywhere as a side effect, but it seems to happen to me every time I take it. ”
“I get recurring cases of impetigo and keflex is always my go-to drug. Keflex clears up the infection quickly, and I've never experienced any side-effects, even if I take it on an empty stomach. Highly recommended!”
“I fell off my longboard and made some bad dressing decisions. After 3 days I saw a doctor who prescribed this and silver sulfadiazine. After 10 days it completely healed. Unfortunately I have had another tumble, this time with broken wrist and 10 open wounds. On it again. Trusting old Keflex to help again.”
“Been on Keflex for a week now for folliculitis, 2 pills (500 mgs each) for a week (Finished the whole bottle) and my Folliculitis is still the same. No really side effects for me. I’ve had Folliculitis for a month now and nothing seems to help.”
“I have suffered with ulcers on my ankles (poor circulation) for years. Every once in a while one if not both will get infected. Legs swell and skin turns purple as well as becoming very sensitive. The ulcers feel as though hot pins are being shoved into them. Keflex always knocks out the infection within a few days.”
“This medication gave me really bad travelling gas with cold sweats and made me very nauseous on the very first pill! I might ask my doctor to replace this medication for something else. I find it very strong, especially for a mild skin infection due to a spider bite!”
“With only 4 doses of 500 mg in 3 days instead of 3 a day, my symptoms got progressively worse. Blurred vision, dizziness, rash, leg pain and swelling, heat sensations in legs, muscle pain, back pain, swelling and pain in stomach, and extreme fatigue. Stopped taking and reported adverse reaction to pharmacy and will tell doctor. Very glad I did not take full dose. Use with caution if you are sensitive to meds.”
“I had a blister that got infected from wearing tight boots for a few hours and then then I had it! I got an infection so I went to the nurse and got me some pills of Keflex for 4X a day for five days and an antibiotic cream. I feel much better. Don't ever wear tight shoes, ever.”
“I was prescribed Keflex and within 5 hours of taking the first dose I developed and intense case of hives covering my upper chest and arms from elbow to elbow. The pain was intense. They took me off the Keflex and I got better, however, I still have issues with hives from even small scratches.”
“I had a tooth that broke off while eating pretzels well as time goes by no real problems with it, however it made the tooth next to it get loose & agitated it becomes an infection I get put on Keflex 500 mg three times a day for seven days for the infection I have taken this medication before after two days the infection starts to go away my mouth feels better. I’m not in pain anymore however, the night terrors, hallucinations, & anxiety. The night terrors are morbid they are something out of the “ Saw “ movies! If you have any mental disorders or any small underline ones I recommend you do not take this medication Bc it WILL MAKE YOU CRAZY!”
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“I was taking Bactrim for 2 days with no improvement before being prescribed Keflex QID for 7 days to take with Bactrim for an infected cut on my wrist from punching glass. As soon as I began Keflex, I started noticing improvement. It's hard to say whether the improvement or my side effects were from Keflex or Bactrim, so take this with a grain of salt. I had tachycardia, chills, nausea, indigestion, gas pain that felt like chest pain, itching on arms/legs, petechiae on my upper arms, frequent urination, and eventual yeast infection for which I had to take diflucan. I had some symptoms together, and some separate. Most of my side effects came at night though, so it could've been some kind of reaction between the two? The side effects definitely hit me harder in the beginning, but by my 5th day of Keflex, almost all side effects had subsided. I suggest taking with probiotics that can survive stomach acid and easily digestible food and drink a lot of water.”
“I have a slight eye tissue infection. Optometrist suggested Keflex 2 a day 10 days. Let it be known I have experience taking a large amount of pharma’s over my lifetime. 3 hours into the first pill my back completely seized up and tightened. All my lumbar muscles to a came to an aching halt. Something I have never felt before in my life. I have competed in highly competitive sports my whole life and know my body well from years of training, and never in my life have felt weird muscle discomfort as I did taking this. Almost 24 hours after taking 1 pill I still feel the pain. It all depends on the person after reading other people not feeling any sort of discomfort from taking this stuff. I will not be taking this again.”
“Quickly cleared up cellulitis that was painful and itchy on the crease of my leg. 7 days twice daily 500 mg.”
“Along with the use of Itchamol ointment this clears boils up very quickly.”
“Infected Sebaceous Cyst: Needed to take three regimens of Keflex. Used Floragen 3 as a probiotic. ”
“Took 200mg four x/day for 7 days. Cellulitis was still very pink and ozing. Now trying doxycyline for 10 days.”
“Taking this 4x a day for my second bout with Cellulitis. Also taking Ultram for pain.”
“Basically the only medication that works for me to combat the infections that arise from Darier's disease (a genetic skin disease).”
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