Generic Name: cephalexin (Oral route)
Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Mar 11, 2019.
Commonly used brand name(s)
In the U.S.
- Panixine DisperDose
Available Dosage Forms:
- Powder for Suspension
Therapeutic Class: Antibiotic
Pharmacologic Class: 1st Generation Cephalosporin
Uses for Novo-Lexin
Cephalexin is used to treat bacterial infections in many different parts of the body. It belongs to the class of medicines known as cephalosporin antibiotics. It works by killing bacteria or preventing their growth. However, this medicine will not work for colds, flu, or other virus infections.
This medicine is available only with your doctor's prescription.
Before using Novo-Lexin
Appropriate studies performed to date have not demonstrated pediatric-specific problems that would limit the usefulness of cephalexin in children.
Appropriate studies performed to date have not demonstrated geriatric-specific problems that would limit the usefulness of cephalexin in the elderly. However, elderly patients are more likely to have age-related kidney problems, which may require caution and an adjustment in the dose for patients receiving cephalexin.
|All Trimesters||B||Animal studies have revealed no evidence of harm to the fetus, however, there are no adequate studies in pregnant women OR animal studies have shown an adverse effect, but adequate studies in pregnant women have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus.|
Studies in women suggest that this medication poses minimal risk to the infant when used during breastfeeding.
Interactions with medicines
- Cholera Vaccine, Live
Using this medicine with any of the following medicines may cause an increased risk of certain side effects, but using both drugs may be the best treatment for you. If both medicines are prescribed together, your doctor may change the dose or how often you use one or both of the medicines.
Interactions with food/tobacco/alcohol
Other medical problems
- Colitis (inflammation in gut), history of or
- Diarrhea, severe, history of or
- Seizures, history of—Use with caution. May make these conditions worse.
- Kidney disease or
- Liver disease—Use with caution. The effects may be increased because of slower removal of the medicine from the body.
Proper use of Novo-Lexin
This section provides information on the proper use of a number of products that contain cephalexin. It may not be specific to Novo-Lexin. Please read with care.
Take this medicine only as directed by your doctor. Do not take more of it, do not take it more often, and do not take it for a longer time than your doctor ordered.
Shake the oral liquid well before each use. Measure the medicine with a marked measuring spoon, oral syringe, or medicine cup. The average household teaspoon may not hold the right amount of liquid.
Keep using this medicine for the full treatment time, even if you feel better after the first few doses. Your infection may not clear up if you stop using the medicine too soon.
- For oral dosage forms (capsules or suspension):
- For infections:
- Adults and children 15 years of age and older—1000 to 4000 milligrams (mg) per day, taken in divided doses.
- Children 1 year of age and older—Dose is based on body weight and must be determined by your doctor. The dose is usually 25 to 100 milligrams (mg) per kilogram (kg) per day, taken in divided doses.
- Children younger than 1 year of age—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.
- For infections:
Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light. Keep from freezing.
Keep out of the reach of children.
Do not keep outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed.
Ask your healthcare professional how you should dispose of any medicine you do not use.
Store the oral liquid in the refrigerator. Throw away any unused medicine after 14 days.
Precautions while using Novo-Lexin
If your symptoms do not improve within a few days, or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
Serious allergic reactions can occur with this medicine. Check with your doctor right away if you have chest pain, blistering, peeling, or loose skin, red skin lesions, large, hive-like swelling on the face, eyelids, lips, tongue, throat, hands, legs, feet, or sex organs, severe acne or skin rash, sores or ulcers on the skin, trouble breathing or swallowing, or fever or chills while you are using this medicine.
Cephalexin may cause diarrhea, and in some cases it can be severe. Do not take any medicine or give medicine to your child to treat diarrhea without first checking with your doctor. Diarrhea medicines may make the diarrhea worse or make it last longer. If you have any questions about this or if mild diarrhea continues or gets worse, check with your doctor.
Before you or your child have any medical tests, tell the medical doctor in charge that you are using this medicine. The results of some tests may be affected by this medicine.
Novo-Lexin side effects
Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur:
- Abdominal or stomach pain
- blistering, peeling, or loosening of the skin
- clay-colored stools
- dark urine
- general tiredness and weakness
- itching or rash
- joint or muscle pain
- light-colored stools
- loss of appetite
- nausea and vomiting
- red skin lesions, often with a purple center
- red, irritated eyes
- sore throat
- sores, ulcers, or white spots in the mouth or on the lips
- unpleasant breath odor
- unusual tiredness or weakness
- upper right abdominal or stomach pain
- vomiting of blood
- yellow eyes or skin
Incidence not known
- Abdominal or stomach cramps or tenderness
- back or leg pains
- black, tarry stools
- bleeding gums
- blood in the urine or stools
- chest pain
- coughing up blood
- diarrhea, watery and severe, which may also be bloody
- difficulty with breathing or swallowing
- fast heartbeat
- general body swelling
- increased menstrual flow or vaginal bleeding
- increased thirst
- large, hive-like swelling on the face, eyelids, lips, tongue, throat, hands, legs, feet, or sex organs
- loss of appetite
- painful or difficult urination
- pale skin
- pinpoint red spots on the skin
- prolonged bleeding from cuts
- puffiness or swelling of the eyelids or around the eyes, face, lips, or tongue
- red or black, tarry stools
- red or dark brown urine
- swollen or painful glands
- tightness in the chest
- unusual bleeding or bruising
- unusual weight loss
- watery or bloody diarrhea
Incidence not known
- Acid or sour stomach
- burning feeling in the chest or stomach
- difficulty with moving
- dry mouth
- irregular heartbeats
- itching of the vagina or genital area
- muscle pain or stiffness
- pain during sexual intercourse
- pain, swelling, or redness in the joints
- redness of the skin
- seeing, hearing, or feeling things that are not there
- stomach upset
- trouble sleeping
- white or brownish vaginal discharge
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