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CEFALEXIN 125MG/5ML ORAL SUSPENSION

Active substance(s): CEFALEXIN ANHYDROUS

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Package Leaflet: Information For The User

Cefalexin Oral
Suspension BP
125 mg/5 ml and
250 mg/5 ml

Read all of this leaflet carefully before
you start taking this medicine because it
contains important information for you.
· Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
· If you have any further questions, ask your
doctor, pharmacist or dentist (if the medicine has
been prescribed by your dentist). · This medicine
has been prescribed for you only. Do not pass it
on to others. It may harm them, even if their signs
of illness are the same as yours. · If any of the side
effects gets serious, talk to your doctor, pharmacist
or dentist (if the medicine has been prescribed by
your dentist). This includes any possible side effects
not listed in this leaflet. See section 4.
What is in this leaflet:
1. What Cefalexin Oral Suspension BP is and what
it is used for
2. What you need to know before you take
Cefalexin Oral Suspension BP
3. How to take Cefalexin Oral Suspension BP
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Cefalexin Oral Suspension BP
6. Contents of the pack and other information
1. What Cefalexin Oral Suspension BP
is and what it is used for
The name of your medicine is Cefalexin Oral
Suspension BP. Cefalexin Oral Suspension BP
belongs to a family of medicines called antibiotics.
Antibiotics are used to kill the bacteria or "germs"
which cause infections.
Your doctor, or dentist, will have prescribed
Cefalexin Oral Suspension BP for treating an
infection. Cefalexin Oral Suspension BP is used
for treating a variety of infections including chest
(respiratory tract), urinary tract, skin and soft tissues,
ear, and other infections due to sensitive organisms.
2. What you need to know before you
take Cefalexin Oral Suspension BP
Do not take Cefalexin Oral Suspension BP
if you:
· are allergic to cefalexin or other cephalosporins
(similar antibiotics) and medicines.
· are allergic to any of the other ingredients of this
medicine (listed in section 6).
· have porphyria
Warnings and precautions
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking
Cefalexin Oral Suspension BP if you:
· have had an allergic reaction to cefalexin,
cephalosporins, penicillins, or other drugs in the
past
· have a relative with porphyria
· develop diarrhoea
· are pregnant or breast-feeding. Your doctor
will decide whether it is safe for you to take
this medicine while you are pregnant or
breast-feeding.
· have problems with your kidneys.
· test your urine for glucose using a method which
is not based on glucose oxidation reactions,
Cefalexin Oral Suspension BP might give a false
positive result.
· are about to have a blood test, as Cefalexin Oral
Suspension BP can interfere with a Coombs test.

If any of the above is of concern please consult
your doctor or pharmacist before taking Cefalexin
Oral Suspension BP.
Other medicines and Cefalexin Oral
Suspension BP
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking,
have recently taken or might take any other
medicines – whether prescribed or bought without a
prescription.
· If you are taking oral contraceptives Cefalexin
may reduce the efficacy of oral contraceptives
and you may need additional contraceptive
measures whilst taking this medicine.
· If you are taking Metformin (a medicine used to
treat diabetes)
· If you are taking any other medicines, such as;
· Uricosuric drugs (medicines used to treat gout
and other conditions which require lowering of
blood uric acid levels, e.g. probenecid).
· Diuretics (medicines which reduce water retention
by increasing the volume of urine,
e.g. furosemide/frusemide).
· Anticoagulants (medicines that prevent the
clotting of blood, e.g. warfarin)
· Any other antibiotics.
· Drugs used to treat leukaemia.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, think you
may be pregnant or are planning to have a baby,
ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before
taking this medicine.
Driving and using machines
Cefalexin Oral Suspension BP may cause side
effects such as dizziness, fatigue and confusion
and may affect your ability to drive or operate
machinery. If affected, do not drive or operate
machines.
Cefalexin Oral Suspension BP contains
sucrose and lactose
If you have been told by your doctor that you have
an intolerance to some sugars, contact your doctor
before taking this medicinal product.
Cefalexin Oral Suspension BP contains
sodium benzoate which may irritate the soft
tissue lining of the gut and mouth and may also
increase the risk of jaundice in newborn babies.
This medicinal product contains small amounts of
ethanol (alcohol), less than 100 mg per dose.
3. How to take Cefalexin Oral
Suspension BP
Always take this medicine exactly as your doctor or
pharmacist has told you. Check with your doctor or
pharmacist if you are not sure.
Do not take more than the dose your doctor
has recommended. Shake the bottle well before
measuring and swallowing each dose your doctor
has recommended. Try to space the doses as evenly
as possible throughout the day. For example if you
have been told to take Cefalexin Oral Suspension BP
three times a day in 8 hour intervals, then:
· Take your first dose when you wake up,
e.g. 7.00 am
· 
Take your next dose mid-afternoon, e.g. 3.00 pm
· Take your last dose just before you go to bed,
e.g. 11.00 pm
Dosage Instructions
Adults
The usual dose is 500 mg taken as:
· 4 x 5 ml spoonfuls of Cefalexin Suspension BP
125 mg/5 ml every 8 hours
· 2 x 5 ml spoonfuls of Cefalexin Suspension BP
250 mg/5 ml every 8 hours
The dose may vary depending on the type of
infection you have.

Date: 27 Jan 2015
Description Cefalexin 250 mg/5 ml, 125 mg/5 ml 100ml
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For skin, soft tissue, throat or urinary tract infections
your doctor may prescribe;
250 mg taken as:
· 2 x 5 ml spoonfuls of Cefalexin Suspension BP
125 mg/5 ml every 6 hours
· 1 x 5 ml spoonful of Cefalexin Suspension BP
250 mg/5 ml every 6 hours
500 mg taken as:
· 4 x 5 ml spoonfuls of Cefalexin Suspension BP
125 mg/5 ml every 12 hours
· 2 x 5 ml spoonfuls of Cefalexin Suspension BP
250 mg/5 ml every 12 hours
Larger doses may be used to treat more severe
infections, or those caused by less susceptible
organism.
Older people
The dosage for the elderly is the same as for adults,
but may be reduced in certain cases e.g. if you
have poor kidney function.
Use in children and adolescents
The dose for children is based on their weight and is
usually 25-50 mg per kg body weight, per day. It is
given in divided doses, usually taken every 8 hours.
For example;
Children under 5 years
The usual dose is 125 mg taken as:
· 1 x 5 ml spoonful of Cefalexin Suspension BP
125 mg/5 ml every 8 hours
Children over 5 years
The usual dose is 250 mg taken as:
· 2 x 5 ml spoonfuls of Cefalexin Suspension BP
125 mg/5 ml every 8 hours
· 1 x 5 ml spoonful of Cefalexin Suspension BP
250 mg/5 ml every 8 hours
The dose or frequency may vary from the above.
For example Cefalexin Oral Suspension BP is
given more frequently to treat ear infections and
less frequently for skin, soft tissue, throat and mild,
uncomplicated urinary tract infections.
If you are not sure how much to take, ask you
doctor or pharmacist.
Keep taking your medicine until the course is
finished. Do not stop taking your medicine just
because you feel better. If you stop too soon the
infection may start up again. If your symptoms
persist, tell your doctor.
If you take more Cefalexin Oral
Suspension BP than you should
Always take your medicine as recommended by
your doctor. If you take too much medicine, tell
your doctor immediately or go to your local hospital
emergency department.
If you forget to take Cefalexin Oral
Suspension BP
If you miss a dose, take another as soon as you
remember and then carry on as before. Do not take
a double dose to make up for a forgotten dose.
If you have any further questions on the use of this
medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
4. Possible side effects
Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side
effects, although not everybody gets them.
All medicines can cause allergic reactions, although
serious allergic reactions are very rare.
Tell your doctor immediately if you get any sudden
wheeziness, difficulty in breathing, swelling of the
eyelids, face or lips, rash or itching (especially
affecting your whole body).
Serious side effects
The following side effects are serious. You should
stop taking this medicine and contact your doctor
immediately if you experience them:
· serious peeling or blistering of the skin
· severe diarrhoea.

The following side effects have been reported
· Feeling of sickness or being sick
· Indigestion
· Diarrhoea (which may be bloody) or stomach
pains
· Reversible liver disorder or jaundice (yellowing of
the skin and eyes)
· Itching
· Red wheals on the skin (urticaria) (alone)
· Itching around the genitals or anus
· Thrush or discharge from the vagina
· Rash with wide spread joint pain and/or
stiffness, swollen lymph glands, fever and,
possibly, cloudy urine
· Dizziness
· Tiredness
· Headache
· Agitation, confusion and hallucinations
· Pain or swelling in the joints
· Kidney disorders or blood disorders, including
an increase or decrease in the number of white
blood cells, and a decrease in the number of
platelets. Symptoms of blood disorders include
tiredness, sore throat, bruising easily and
susceptibility to infection.
Reporting of side effects
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor or
pharmacist. This includes any possible side effects
not listed in this leaflet. You can also report side
effects directly via the Yellow Card Scheme
(www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard). By reporting side
effects you can help provide more information on
the safety of this medicine.
5. How to store Cefalexin Oral
Suspension BP
Keep all medicines out of the reach and sight
of children.
Do not store above 25°C. Once reconstituted store
at 2°C - 8°C (in a refrigerator).
Keep the container tightly closed.
Do not use this medicine after 14 days of
reconstitution (date of dispensing).
Do not use this medicine after the expiry date which
is stated on the pack after EXP. The expiry date
refers to the last day of that month. Do not throw
away any medicines via wastewater or household
waste. Ask your pharmacist how to throw away
medicines you no longer use. These measures will
help protect the environment.
6. Contents of the pack and other
information
What Cefalexin Oral Suspension BP
contains:
The active ingredient of Cefalexin Oral Suspension
BP is cefalexin. One 5 ml spoonful of Cefalexin Oral
Suspension BP 125 mg / 5 ml contains 125 mg of
cefalexin and one 5 ml spoonful of Cefalexin Oral
Suspension BP 250 mg / 5 ml contains 250 mg of
cefalexin. The label on the bottle will tell you which
strength of Cefalexin Oral Suspension BP your
doctor has prescribed for you. Each bottle contains
100 ml of Cefalexin Oral Suspension BP.
Cefalexin Oral Suspension BP also contains:
saccharin sodium (E954), sodium benzoate (E211),
citric acid anhydrous (E330), sucrose, purified water,
iron oxide yellow (E172), simethicone, guar gum
(E412), strawberry flavour, apple flavour, raspberry
flavour, and tutti frutti flavour. The flavour contents
include benzyl alcohol, magnesium hydroxide
carbonate (E504), acetic acid (E260), propylene
glycol, ethanol (0.015%) and traces of glycerol
(E422) and lactose
Product licence holder and manufacturer:
Sandoz GmbH, A 6250 Kundl, Tirol, Austria.
This leaflet was last revised in January 2015

Date: 27 Jan 2015
Description Cefalexin 250 mg/5 ml, 125 mg/5 ml 100ml
Component Type Leaflet

Pharma Code TBC

Affiliate Item Code 549018

SAP No. N/A

Superceded Affiliate Item Code 10001675

Vendor Job No. 243413

TrackWise PR No. 549018

Proof No. 4

MA No. N/A

Client Market UK

Packing Site/Printer N/A

Keyline/Drawing No. N/A

Supplier Code N/A

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Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

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