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What can over dose of cephalexin in a baby cause?

What can over dose of cephalexin in a baby cause?

Specifics needed: You have to be more specific. How much of an overdose it was? Was it a one time overdose or a repetitive one s over several days? ...Read more

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I got a cut in the kitchen I waited till the next day to get seen they gave me cephalexin. Should I take it or treat it other ways I am healthconcious?

I got a cut in the kitchen I waited till the next day to get seen they gave me cephalexin. Should I take it or treat it other ways I am healthconcious?

Antibiotics are not: A "cure-all" and certainly can be the source of some serious side effects. A clean laceration to the hand not affecting deeper structures can be successfully treated with gentle cleaning, keeping the wound moist and covered on a daily basis without antibiotics. If you are otherwise healthy simply keep the wound clean (no peroxide or betadine), apply a thin layer of triple antibiotic and bandaid ...Read more

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I'm allergic 2 penicillin/prescribed cephalexin 4 a cellulitis infection in my arm from a iv. How fast would a serious reaction occur if allergic?

I'm allergic 2 penicillin/prescribed cephalexin 4 a cellulitis infection in my arm from a iv. How fast would a serious reaction occur if allergic?

Minutes to hours: A small proportion of penicillin allergic patients can have an allergic reaction to cephalexin. Drug allergic reactions can occur in minutes to hours if already sensitized. It is possible to develop serious allergic reactions after several days of being on the medication and in some cases even shortly after stopping the med. Allergy testing is available for penicillin but not cephalexin. ...Read more

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Can you use cephalexin for a sinus infection?

Can you use cephalexin for a sinus infection?

Yes: But
1- many cases resolve without antimicrobials
2- other antimicrobials such as Amoxicillin / clavulanate may have better activity. ...Read more

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Is cephalexin used to treat tick bites?

Is cephalexin used to treat tick bites?

No: It would be unusual for a tick bite to get infected and require cephalexin. There are infections that can be transmitted by the ticks themselves, but Cephalexin wouldn't treat them. ...Read more

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Is it effective to take cephalexin for a sore throat?

Is it effective to take cephalexin for a sore throat?

See you doctor 1st: A sore throat can be caused by a viral or bacterial infection. Cephalexin is an antibiotic used to treat certain kinds of bacterial infections. If the sore throat is caused by a virus, Cephalexin will not be effective. Therefore it is important to see your md for an assessment, culture and appropriate therapy. ...Read more

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Does it work to take cephalexin for a tooth infection?

Does it work to take cephalexin for a tooth infection?

Most of the times: Cephalexin could be an appropriate choice for uncomplicated tooth infections, as it has good activity against streptococci that live in the mouth and cause these infections. However, Cephalexin lacks anaerobic activity, and some tooth infections (particularly abscesses) can be caused by anaerobic bacteria. If you are taking Cephalexin and your symptoms are not improving, visit your dentist. ...Read more

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What strength (in billions) probiotic should I take while being on Keflex and Batrim? How do I look for one that actually works? Any Recommendations?

What strength (in billions) probiotic should I take while being on Keflex and Batrim? How do I look for one that actually works? Any Recommendations?

Probiotics: The highest quality probiotics will be found in the refrigerated section of the health food store. They will be in capsule or liquid forms. Look for one with a variety of strains. Employees or owners of these types of stores will likely be well educated regarding the products they sell and should be able to guide you towards the best choice. ...Read more

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I have cobble stones and I am on cephalexin for strep c. I have acid reflux and allergic Rhinitis. Are cobble stones dangerous?

Sign of irritation: The cobble stones are just from irritation be it from an infection, reflux, or post-nasal drips. By themselves they are not dangerous but the cause for them needs to be investigated. See your doctor. ...Read more

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Can someone die if overdosed on cephalexin?

Can someone die if overdosed on cephalexin?

Doubt tt: Anything is possible but this is a very benign drug with few human toxicities beyond allergic reactions. ...Read more

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I am taking cephalexin for something and I think I'm having a side effect?

I am taking cephalexin for something and I think I'm having a side effect?

What are you symptom: The most common side effects of Cephalexin are diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, rash, joint pain, fatigue, headache and dizziness. There are others but these are the most common ones. What are your symptoms? ...Read more

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Side effects from cephalexin?

Side effects from cephalexin?

Few: Aside from allergic reactions which are few, occasional GI upset, Cephalexin has very few side-effects. ...Read more

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How long does it take keflex to get out of your system?

How long does it take keflex to get out of your system?

Not long: Keflex has a short half life. After you stop taking it it will be out of your system in 10-12 hours assuming normal kidney function. ...Read more

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Having the worst yeast infection of my life. Can the antibiotic cephalexin (keflex) cause this?

Yes: Patients on Keflex can get yeast overgrowth and develop thrush, perianal and vaginal yeast infections. If your yeast infection is not responding to topical treatments ask your doctor about prescribing Fluconazole tablets for you. ...Read more

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Diagnosed with celulitis in calf area. Taking 500mg keflex should I wear/not wear support stockings (ss) until I heal. Wear ss 4 history of edema?

Diagnosed with celulitis in calf area. Taking 500mg keflex should I wear/not wear support stockings (ss) until I heal. Wear ss 4 history of edema?

Perhaps: The stockings may prevent more swelling, but it is best to ask your doctor. Since everyone's condition varies, consulting your physician is the best option before making a decision. ...Read more

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I'm taking a prohormone supplement for working out got infection on my finger from a cut now taking cephalexin will they affect each other negatively?

I'm taking a prohormone supplement for working out got infection on my finger from a cut now taking cephalexin will they affect each other negatively?

Should be fine: There should not be a problem taking them together. I do recommend you be cautious taking the prohormone. I have had several patients have issues from pro hormones in my practice. Best of luck to you. ...Read more