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CEFALEXIN CAPSULES BP 500MG

Active substance(s): CEFALEXIN

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Cefalexin 250mg Capsules
Cefalexin 500mg Capsules
(Cefalexin)
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 or pharmacist.
- 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 you get any side effects, talk to your
doctor or pharmacist. This includes any
possible side effects not listed in this
leaflet. See section 4.
What is in this leaflet
1. What Cefalexin Capsules are and
what they are used for
2. What you need to know before you
take Cefalexin Capsules
3. How to take Cefalexin Capsules
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Cefalexin Capsules
6. Contents of the pack and other
information
1. What Cefalexin Capsules are and
what they are used for
Cefalexin Capsules contains the active
ingredient cefalexin, which belongs to a
class of antibiotics called cephalosporins.
Cefalexin Capsules is used to treat the
following bacterial infections:
• Respiratory tract (lungs and airways)
infections e.g. tonsils, pharyngitis and
bronchitis
• Middle ear infection (otitis media)
• Skin and soft tissue (e.g. muscle)
infections
• Bone and joint infections
• Infections of the reproductive organs
and urinary tract (e.g. cystitis),
including acute
inflammationof the
prostate (prostatitis)
• Dental infections
2. What you need to know before you
take Cefalexin Capsules
Do not take Cefalexin Capsules if











other antibiotics, especially amphotericin, capreomycin, vancomycin, or
an aminoglycoside- a broad spectrum,
antibiotic (eg. gentamicin or neomycin)
metformin for treatment of diabetes
diuretics (water tablets) such as
furosemide, bumetanide
probenecid for a treatment of gout
drugs used to treat leukemia

It may be still be all right for you to be given
Cefalexin Capsules and your doctor will be
able to decide what is suitable for you.
Cefalexin Capsules with food and drink
Cefalexin Capsules can be taken with or
without food.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, think
you may be pregnant or are planning to have
a baby, as your doctor or pharmacist for
advice before taking this medicine.
Driving and using machines
Cefalexin Capsules are not expected to
affect your ability to drive or use machines.
Cefalexin Capsules contain lactose
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 medicinal product.
3. How to take Cefalexin Capsules
Always take this medicine exactly as
described in this leaflet or as your doctor or
pharmacist has told you. Check with your
doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.
Swallow the capsules whole with water.
Dosage
Adults: The usual total daily dose is 1g to 4g
a day, in divided doses.
Most infections can be treated by 500mg
every 8 hours. 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.

you are allergic (hypersensitive) to
cefalexin, other cephalosporins (similar
antibiotics) or any of the other
ingredients of this medicine (listed in Older people: You should take the normal
section 6). An allergic reaction may adult dose, unless you have severe kidney
include rash, itching, difficulty problems, when the maximum daily dose
breathing or swelling of the face, lips, will be 500mg.
throat or tongue
you have porphyria, a hereditary Use in children
The usual total daily dose for children is 25metabolic disorder
50mg/kg (body weight) in divided doses.

capsules with you, if you can. Symptoms of
overdose include nausea, vomiting,
stomach upset, appearance of blood in the
urine.
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.

bottle after EXP. The expiry date refers to the
last day of that month.
Do not store above 25C. Store in the original
package in order to protect from moisture.

If you stop taking Cefalexin Capsules
Do not stop taking this medicine without
talking to your doctor, even if you feel better.
It is important that you take the full course of
this medicine prescribed by your doctor.

6. Contents of the pack and other
information

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.
If any of the following happen, stop taking
Cefalexin Capsules and tell your doctor
immediately or go to your nearest hospital
emergency department:




These are signs of an allergic reaction. Stop
taking the capsules immediately.
Serious side effects
Tell your doctor immediately or go to the
casualty department at your nearest
hospital if you experience any of the
following:





symptom of the inflammation of the
large intestine. Other symptoms include Children under 5 years: 125mg every 8
hours.
pain and fever.
you have a severe kidney disorder (you
Children 5 years and over: 250mg every 8
may need a reduced dose)
hours.

Tell your doctor if you are having blood and
urine tests. Cefalexin Capsules may In severe infections, the dose may be
doubled. In the treatment of middle ear
interfere with these tests.
infections, a total daily dose of 75 to
100mg/kg in 4 doses is required.
Other medicines and Cefalexin Capsules
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are
taking, have recently taken or might take any
other medicine, including medicines
obtained without a prescription.
In particular, tell your doctor if you are taking
any of the following:

If you take more Cefalexin Capsules than
you should
Contact your doctor or nearest hospital
casualty department immediately for advice
if you or a child have swallowed too many
capsules. Take this leaflet, the pack or any

serious peeling or blistering of the skin
severe diarrhoea

Other side effects
Tell your doctor if you notice any of the
following:











Warnings and precuations

For skin and soft tissue infections,
Tell your doctor or pharmacist before taking streptococcal pharyngitis, and mild,
uncomplicated urinary tract infections, the
Cefalexin Capsuels if:
total daily dose may be divided and
• you have had an allergic reaction to administered every 12 hours.
cefalexin, cephalosporins, penicillins,
For most infections the following schedule is
or any other drugs in the past
• you develop diarrhea. This could be suggested:

sudden wheeziness, difficulty in
breathing
swelling of the eyelids, face or lips
rash or itching (especially affecting
your whole body)








diarrhea, stomach pain, indigestion
feeling sick (nausea) or being sick
(vomiting)
measle like rash
itching
red wheals on the skin (urticaria)
rash with wide spread joint pain and/or
stiffness, swollen lymph glands, fever
and, possibly, cloudy urine
changes in blood counts, which may
show up as bruising or a very tired
feeling. You will need a blood test to
confirm this
damage to your liver or kidneys which
can only be detected by a blood and/or
urine test
yellow skin and eyes (jaundice)
weakness, fainting
abnormal excitable behavior
agitation, tiredness, headache,
confusion, dizziness
seeing or hearing things (hallucinations)
itching of the vagina or anus caused by
thrush (candidiasis)

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.

What Cefalexin Capsules contain:
The active ingredient is cefalexin.
The capsules are available in two strengths,
and contain either 250mg or 500mg of
cefalexin.
Each Cefalexin 250mg Capsule contains
cefalexin, equivalent to anhydrous cefalexin
250mg.
Each Cefalexin 500mg Capsule contains
cefalexin, equivalent to anhydrous cefalexin
500mg.
The other ingredients are: lactose
monohydrate, magnesium stearate,
gelatine, iron oxide yellow (E172), titanium
dioxide (E171), FD & C blue 1 (E133),
sunset yellow (E110), shellac, dehydrated
alcohol, isopropyl alcohol, butyl alcohol,
propylene glycol, strong ammonia solution,
black iron oxide (E172), potassium
hydroxide and purified water.
What Cefalexin Capsules look like and
contents of the pack
Cefalexin 250mg Capsules are dark
green/white, self locked hard gelatine
capsules of size '2' Imprinted with 'RX656' in
black edible ink containing white to off white
granular powder/pellets.
Cefalexin 500mg Capsules are dark
green/light green, self locked hard gelatine
capsules of size '0' Imprinted with 'RX657' in
black edible ink containing white to off white
granular powder/pellets.
Cefalexin Capsules are available in pack
sizes of 20, 21, 28, 100 capsules. Not all
pack sizes are marketed.
Marketing Authorisation Holder and
Manufacturer
Marketing Authorisation Holder:
Ranbaxy (UK) Limited,
Building 4, Chiswick Park,
566 Chiswick High Road,
London, W4 5YE,
United Kingdom
Manufacturer:
Ranbaxy Ireland Limited,
Spafield, Cork Road,
Cashel, Co. Tipperary,
Republic of Ireland
This leaflet was last revised in January
2015.

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 at : 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 Capsules
Keep this medicine out of the sight and reach
of children.
Do not use this medicine after the expiry
date which is stated on the label, carton or

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Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

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