Cephalexin which is also known as Keflex is a cephalosporin antibiotic. This medication works by fighting bacteria in the human body. Cephalexin is used to treat common infections caused by bacteria such as, Strep throat, skin infections, and urinary tract infections. Like all antibiotics, it is not effective against viruses such as the common cold and Influenza.

How Should I Use This Medicine? Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on your prescription label. This medication can be taken with or without food. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed. Take all your medication as directed even if you think you are better. Do not skip doses or stop your medicine early.

Over dosage: If you think you have taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once.   

Where Should I Keep My Medicine?

Keep out of reach of children. Store between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C). Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.

What Should I Watch For While Using This Medicine? Tell your doctor or health care professional if your symptoms do not improve in 3-4 day. Do not treat diarrhea with over the counter products. Contact your doctor if your diarrhea lasts more than 3 days or if it is severe and watery. For women: antibiotics can weaken the effects of oral birth control pills, please use alternative birth control until you have finished your medication and have your next period.

NOTE: This is a summary. It may not cover all possible information. If you have questions about this medicine, talk to your doctor, pharmacist, or health care provider. For a full list of possible side effects see www.drugs.com