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Dr. Mark Pack
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Keftabs is a first generation cephalosporin which is a kind of cephalosporin type drug (anti-bacterial ...Read more


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What can I do to reduce the pain of a popped boil? I have a boil. I went to the doctor but thay only gave me some medication, (cephalexin). It did not help, it only got bigger and popped today. I have a lot of pain and don`t know what is safe to apply to

What can I do to reduce the pain of a popped boil? I have a boil. I went to the doctor but thay only gave me some medication, (cephalexin). It did not help, it only got bigger and popped today. I have a lot of pain and don`t know what is safe to apply to

See below: Apply hot salt water soaks several times a day. Apply absorptive gauze dressings between soaks. Allow it to drain on its own and do not squeeze it. Keep taking your prescribed cephalexin. The boil getting larger and then starting to drain could indicate improvement due to the antibiotic treatment. If it does not steadily improve from this point get it reevaluated by your md. ...Read more

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It is my 3rd day of taking cephalexin and I feel a tight feeling around throat. No rash or other symptoms. Could it be from the medication or illness?

It is my 3rd day of taking cephalexin and I feel a tight feeling around throat. No rash or other symptoms. Could it be from the medication or illness?

Why are you on abx?: Well first of all what was your diagnosis. Chances are the antibiotic is just beginning to work now. If you are on the antibiotic for upper respiratory issues most likely from the illness. An allergic reaction would be more widespread but see how you progress ...Read more

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What is a statin drug? And does cephalexin fall under that category?

What is a statin drug? And does cephalexin fall under that category?

Statin Drug: Statin drugs are medications used to help redue cholesterol and lipids in your blood. Cephalexin is an antibiotic and that's not in the statin category ...Read more

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I started taking cephalexin. As I have had mild allergic reaction to penicillin, should I expect serious allergic reactions to this medicatiion?

I started taking cephalexin. As I have had mild allergic reaction to penicillin, should I expect serious allergic reactions to this medicatiion?

Mostly not: The incidence of cephalexin allergy in patients with penicillin allergy is in the single digit % and likely not much different from patient without a history of penicillin allergy. However if you had a severe anaphylactic reaction to penicillin, I would suggest an allergy consult just to be safe. ...Read more

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I've always gotten a small rash on the top of my hands from Keflex. Is that ok? I'm very sensitive to medications.

I've always gotten a small rash on the top of my hands from Keflex. Is that ok? I'm very sensitive to medications.

? Allergy: Could be a sign of allergy. You may want to stop the medicine and ask your doctor. Continuing a medicine you are allergic to could lead to a more severe reaction which could be life threatening. Good luck ...Read more

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I've noticed I have joint pain while taking Keflex. I have Fibro and UCTD. I feel ok, do I need to stop the medication?

I've noticed I have joint pain while taking Keflex. I have Fibro and UCTD. I feel ok, do I need to stop the medication?

Not yet: You need to speak with your doctor before making changes to your medications. That is Rule #1 in the stated constitutional standards for patients who want to be remembered by Santa Claus this holiday season. Check with prescribing doctor before changing medications NOT HealthTap doctors. ...Read more

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I had Rocephin (ceftriaxone) injected into buttocks area yesterday. I have 2 lumps that are painful. Is the medication stuck? I'm supposed to take Keflex now!

I had Rocephin (ceftriaxone) injected into buttocks area yesterday. I have 2 lumps that are painful. Is the medication stuck? I'm supposed to take Keflex now!

Not stuck: Whenever you inject antibiotics you have the potential to get a little swelling in the area. Sometimes you have some bleeding which will form a hematoma and be hard. This is not like a blood clot in veins and is rarely more than uncomfortable. Over time the clotted blood will become liquid again and be absorbed. May or may not have visible bruise. If redness and warmth at site let provider know. ...Read more

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I am 5 weeks pregnant & the doctor put me on antibiotics for a kidney infection the medication is keflex will this cause a miscarriage? : (

I am 5 weeks pregnant & the doctor put me on antibiotics for a kidney infection the medication is keflex will this cause a miscarriage? : (

Usually not: Keflex isn't normally prescribed for uti, but Keflex is fairly safe in pregnancy (category. B). I would again check with your doctor about the urine culture to make sure that the bug in your urine is sensitive to keflex. ...Read more

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5 days on keflex for UTI and still no relief - doc says on right drug, what can I do?

5 days on keflex for UTI and still no relief - doc says on right drug, what can I do?

Discuss: After 5 days, your symptoms should have at least started to improve. If there is truly no relief, your symptoms may be attributable to another abnormality (not the uti), poor response to the keflex, or residual irritation even though the infection is clearing. You should call your doctor to report your concerns. ...Read more

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Is there another drug combination for diverticulitis besides Flagel? I am also taking Bactrim due to allergies to Cipro, (ciprofloxacin) Keflex and Penecillin.

Is there another drug combination for diverticulitis besides Flagel? I am also taking Bactrim due to allergies to Cipro, (ciprofloxacin) Keflex and Penecillin.

Antibiotic allergies: You need the help of an ID doctor-since they are experts in antibiotics. First, I would want to 'define' ur allergies further-because sometimes a patient is labeled as 'allergic' & they aren't really allergic at all. That is really important. If ur truly allergic to penicillin, cephalosporins & cipro (ciprofloxacin) which is a fluoroquinolone, ur options are quite limited for oral therapy. Doxycycline might help. ...Read more

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I've had a few hives after taking many unrelated drugs, such as tylenol, (acetaminophen) nsaids, keflex, mestinon, & others. How can I be allergic to every med?

I've had a few hives after taking many unrelated drugs, such as tylenol, (acetaminophen) nsaids, keflex, mestinon, & others. How can I be allergic to every med?

Uncommon: This is a condition known as multiple drug sensitivity syndrome and the mechanism is unknown. I suspect however that at least some of these reactions are coincidental and you need to consult an allergist to get this issue sorted out. Challenge test may be in order. ...Read more

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What could over dose of cephalexin cause?

What could over dose of cephalexin cause?

Cephalexin O/D: An overdose occurs when an excessive / dangerous dose of a drug is used. "Overdose symptoms may include nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, diarrhea, and blood in your urine." REF: https://www. Drugs. Com/cephalexin.html ...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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For how long is cephalexin capsule good for?

Duration of action?: The duration of action of Keflex is about 12 hours
the shelf life of Keflex is 2-3 years if stored well. ...Read more

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I'm taking cephalexin is it okay to a zantex?

I'm taking cephalexin is it okay to a zantex?

Maybe (not). . .: It depends b/c I'm not sure if you're referring to zantac (used to treat heartburn) or xanax (alprazolam) (used for anxiety). With that said, I threw everything into the interaction checkers available to you via online. Epocrates. Com & drugs. Com. Neither checker noted any issues taking those drugs in combination. But as always, if you have any drug questions, ask your pharmacist & prescribing doc before startin. ...Read more

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When on cephalexin should you avoid any foods?

When on cephalexin should you avoid any foods?

No: There are no food contraindications with Keflex but it is better absorbed if taken on an empty stomach ie 1 hour before or 2 hours after eating. ...Read more

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What to do if over dose of cephalexin for a baby?

What to do if over dose of cephalexin for a baby?

ER: Emergency room for any significant overdose. Can call 1-800-222-1222 24 hours per day, 7 days per week to reach any poison control center in the United States. You will be connected with an expert who will direct you how to proceed. Please have all product information available when you call. ...Read more