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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 ?

Quickly: If you are allergic only to penicillin there is about a 10% risk of allergy to Cephalexin a serious reation could involve difficult breathing and falling blood pressure. This could be a medical emergency. A mild reaction might involve a skin rash or hives and though annoying be mild. If you have concerns be sure and discuss it with your physician first. ...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?

Cephalexin a cure??: Cephalexin or Keflex can work for a tooth infection. It really depends on what type of bacteria are causing the infection? It may bring down the swelling and infection, but it is not a cure. You should see your dentist to see what is causing this infection. Remember that antibiotics also have an expiration date. If you are using old antibiotics, they may not work as well. ...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