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CEPOREX TABLETS 1G
Active substance(s): CEFALEXIN
Ceporex™ tablets 1g
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 or nurse.
- This medicine has been prescribed for you only. Do not pass it on to others. It may
harm them, even if their side effects are the same as yours.
- If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor, or pharmacist or nurse. This includes any
possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. See section 4.
If this medicine was prescribed by your DENTIST, please read dentist wherever you see
doctor in this leaflet.
What is in this leaflet:
What Ceporex is and what it is used for
What you need to know before you take Ceporex Tablets
How to take Ceporex Tablets
Possible side effects
How to store Ceporex Tablets
Contents of the pack and other information
1. WHAT CEPOREX IS AND WHAT IT IS USED FOR
Ceporex tablets contain cefalexin which is an antibiotic belonging to the cephalosporin
class. Antibiotics are used to kill the bacteria or "germs" which cause infections. Ceporex is
used to treat infections of the chest, ear, nose, throat, urinary systems, bone, flesh and skin.
Genital infections, e.g. gonorrhoea and those resulting from childbirth, are also treated with
Ceporex. Your doctor has prescribed this medicine because he has found that you have one
of these infections.
You may also be prescribed Ceporex by your dentist to treat dental infections.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE YOU TAKE CEPOREX TABLETS
Do not take Ceporex Tablets
if you are allergic (hypersensitive) to any cephalosporin antibiotic, such as cefalexin,
cefuroxime, cefradine or cefaclor
Warnings and precautions
Talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse before taking this medicine:
if you are allergic to any penicillin antibiotic, such as penicillin, ampicillin, amoxicillin
if you suffer from any kidney problems
if you are on kidney dialysis
if you are diabetic (cefalexin can interfere with some urine sugar tests)
If you develop diarrhoea
If you are having a blood test, it is important to tell your doctor that you are taking this
medicine as it may affect the result.
Other medicines and Ceporex Tablets
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking , have recently taken or might take any
medicines, including those medicines obtained without a prescription.
This is especially important if you are taking:
gentamycin (an antibiotic used in severe infections) taken with cefalexin can cause a
reduction of potassium in the blood. Low blood potassium can cause muscle
weakness or cramps.
probenecid, usually used in the treatment of gout; taking probenecid with cefalexin
increases the action of the cefalexin and the length of time the drug stays in your
metformin (used in the treatment of diabetes)
diuretic “water” tablets (medicines which reduce water retention by increasing the
volume of urine, e.g. furosemide, ethacrynic acid)
Anticoagulants (medicines that prevent the clotting of blood (e.e warfarin)
Any other antibiotics (e.g. aminoglycosides, polymyxin, colistin)
- combined oral contraceptives . Ceporex Tablets may reduce the effectiveness of
combined oral contraceptives. Therefore a second, non-hormonal form of
contraception, such as a condom, should be used while taking Ceporex Tablets and
for seven days after the course of Ceporex has stopped. You should discuss this
with your doctor or pharmacist. The advice differs when the course of Ceporex lasts
for three weeks or more; discuss with your doctor or pharmacist. If you answer
“YES” to any of these questions, check with your doctor first BEFORE you take any
of your medicine. Your doctor may decide that the benefits of taking Ceporex
outweigh any risks that there may be.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
If you are pregnant, think you might be pregnant, or are breast-feeding, you should ask your
doctor or pharmacist for advice before taking Ceporex or any other medicine.
Driving and using machines
Ceporex may make cause side effects such as dizziness, fatigue and confusion and may
affect your ability to drive or operate machinery. If affected, do drive or operate machines
HOW TO TAKE CEPOREX TABLETS
Always take Ceporex Tablets exactly as your doctor has told you. You should check with
your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.
Look at the label - it should say WHO should take it, HOW MANY tablets and WHEN. If
it does not say all this or you are not sure, ask your doctor or pharmacist. If prescribed for a
CHILD, make sure the medicine is taken as the label says.
Swallow each tablet whole with a drink of water.
The usual doses are as follows:
adults and children over 12 years of age - 1g (1000mg) twice daily.
For some infections higher doses of 1g three times a day or 3g twice a day may be required
children 7 to 12 years - 500mg to 1g twice daily.
children 1 to 6 years - 250mg to 500mg twice daily.
children less than 1 year - 62.5mg to 125mg twice daily.
Your dose, number of times a day, and length of time you need to take the medicine varies
depending on your infection. It is important therefore, that you follow the instructions on the
For most infections, treatment should continue for at least two days after everything has
returned to normal, but for more complicated infections treatment for two weeks is
If you have kidney disease your dose may be lowered.
If you are receiving intermittent dialysis, you should be given an additional dose of Ceporex
after each dialysis.
If you take more Ceporex Tablets than you should
If you take too many tablets contact your nearest hospital casualty department or tell your
doctor or pharmacist immediately. Take this leaflet and any remaining tablets with you.
If you forget to take Ceporex Tablets
If you forget to take your medicine, just take your normal dose as soon as you remember and
then continue as before. Do not take a double dose to make up for a forgotten dose.
If you stop taking Ceporex Tablets
Keep taking the medicine until you have finished the full course of treatment that your
doctor has prescribed for you. Do not stop taking the medicine, even if you feel better. This
will make sure that the infection has completely cleared.
If you have any further questions on the use of this product, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS
Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.
If you get any of the following side effects you should stop taking Ceporex and tell your
doctor immediately or go to the casualty department of your nearest hospital, as these may
be signs of a serious allergic reaction:
sudden wheezing or difficulty breathing
swelling of your eyelids, face, lips, mouth or throat
a rash resembling hives or nettle rash
if your skin becomes itchy, red or swollen or you develop blisters
pain or swelling in your joints or swollen glands
feeling faint accompanied by one or some of the other reactions above
Tell your doctor immediately if you notice the following as you may require urgent medical
diarrhoea which becomes severe or contains blood or mucus
Other side effects of Ceporex Tablets include:
diarrhoea (which may be bloody)
feeling sick or being sick
jaundice (yellowing of the skin and
the whites of the eyes)
seeing and hearing things which are
not there (hallucinations)
Red wheals on the skin (Urticaria)
confusion, agitation, tiredness
irritation or inflammation of the
vagina, including thrush or discharge
Itching around the genitals or anus
Pain or swelling in the joints
Very rarely this medicine may lower the levels of certain blood cells, these will return to
normal when you stop taking Ceporex Tablets (symptoms may include sore throat, mouth
ulcers or feeling weak).
Reporting of side effects
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor or pharmacist or nurse. 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.
HOW TO STORE CEPOREX TABLETS
Keep out of the sight and of children.
Ceporex tablets should be stored below 30C and protected from light.
If your doctor stops your treatment, return any unused tablets to your pharmacist for safe
disposal. Only keep your tablets if your doctor tells you to.
Do not take the tablets after the expiry date on the label or carton.
CONTENTS OF THE PACK AND OTHER INFORMATION
What Ceporex tablets contain
The active ingredient is cefalexin 1gram
The active ingredient in this medicine is cefalexin. This is the new name for
The ingredient itself has not changed.
Other ingredients include magnesium stearate and microcrystalline cellulose. The tablet
coating consists of hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, macrogol-400 and Opadry OY-S-6927
which contains erythrosine (E127), indigo carmine (E132) and titanium dioxide (E171).
What Ceporex Tablets look like and the contents of the pack
Ceporex Tablets are pink film-coated tablets.
Ceporex tablets come in packs of 4/14/20/28/100/500 tablets
Not all pack sizes may be marketed
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Almac Pharma Services Limited, Almac House, 20 Seagoe Industrial Estate, Craigavon,
BT63 5QD, UK.
The information in this leaflet was last revised in April 2016.
The information provided applies only to CEPOREX TABLETS.