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taken or might take any other medicines, even those not
Uricosuric drugs (medicines used to treat gout
and other conditions which require lowering of blood uric
acid levels, e.g. probenecid).
Diuretics (medicines which reduce water retention by
increasing the volume of urine, e.g. furosemide,
Anticoagulants (medicines that prevent the clotting of
blood, e.g. warfarin)
Any other antibiotics (eg. aminoglycosides, polymyxin,
If you are taking metformin (a medicine used to treat
Drugs used to treat leukaemia.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, think you may be
pregnant or are planning to have a baby, ask your doctor or
pharmacist for advice before taking this medicine.
Driving and using machines
There are no effects on ability to drive or to operate
Cefalexin Tablets contains lactose
If you have been told by your doctor you have an
intolerance to some sugars, contact your doctor before
taking this medicine.
Always take this medicine exactly as your doctor or
pharmacist has told you. Check with your doctor or
pharmacist if you are not sure.
Each dose should be swallowed with a drink of water.
Try to space the doses as evenly as possible throughout
the day. For example, if you have
been told to take Cefalexin Tablets three times a day in 8
hour intervals, then:
Take your first dose when you wake up, e.g.7.00 am
Take your next dose mid-afternoon, e.g. 3.00 pm
Take your last dose just before you go to bed,
e.g. 11.00 pm.
If you have been told to take your medicine four times a day
in approximately 6 hour intervals, then:
Take your first dose when you wake up, e.g. 6.00 am
Take your second dose around noon, e.g. 12.00 pm
Take your third dose early evening, e.g. 6.00 pm
Take your last dose when you go to bed, e.g.
Your doctor will tell you how much to take and how often.
Do not take more than the dose your doctor has
The name of your medicine is Cefalexin Tablets. This
medicine belongs to a family of medicines called antibiotics.
Antibiotics are used to kill the bacteria or “germs” which
Your doctor, or dentist, will have prescribed this medicine for
treating an infection. Cefalexin Tablets are used for treating
a variety of infections including chest (respiratory tract),
urinary tract, skin and soft tissues, ear, and other infections.
Do not take Cefalexin tablets if you:
are allergic to cefalexin or other cephalosporins
(similar antibiotics) and medicines.
are allergic to any of the other ingredients of this
medicine (listed in section 6).
Warnings and precautions
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking
Cefalexin tablets if you have had an allergic
reaction to cefalexin, cephalosporins, penicillins, or other
drugs in the past
are pregnant or breast-feeding. Your doctor will
decide whether it is safe for you to take this medicine
while you are pregnant or breast-feeding.
have problems with your kidneys.
test your urine for glucose using a method which is not
based on glucose oxidation reactions as this medicine
might give a false positive result.
are about to have a blood test, as Cefalexin tablets can
interfere with a Coombs test.
have ever developed a severe skin rash or skin
peeling, blistering and/or mouth sores after taking
cefalexin or other antibacterials
If any of the above apply to you or you are unsure, please
talk to your doctor before taking the tablets.
Take special care with cefalexin:
Acute generalised exanthematous pustulosis (AGEP) has
been reported with the use of cefalexin. AGEP appears at
the initiation of treatment as a red, scaly widespread rash
with bumps under the skin and
blisters accompanied by fever. The most common location:
mainly localized on the skin folds, trunk, and upper
extremities. The highest risk for occurrence of this serious
skin reaction is within the first week of treatment. If you
develop a serious rash or another of these skin symptoms,
stop taking cefalexin and contact your doctor or seek
medical attention immediately.
Other medicines and Cefalexin tablets
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking, have recently
Cefalexin Tablets 250 mg or 500 mg
PACKAGE LEAFLET: INFORMATION FOR THE USER
What is in this leaflet:
1. What Cefalexin Tablets is and what it is used for
2. What you need to know before you take
3. How to take Cefalexin Tablets
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Cefalexin Tablets
6. Contents of the pack and other information
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, pharmacist or dentist (if the medicine has been
prescribed by your dentist).
This medicine has been prescribed for you only. Do not pass it on to others. It may harm them,
even if their signs of illness are the same as yours.
If any of the side effects gets serious, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or dentist (if the medicine
has been prescribed by your dentist). This includes any possible side effects not listed in this
leaflet. See section 4.
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What Cefalexin Tablets is and what
it is used for
What you need to know before you
take Cefalexin Tablets
How to take Cefalexin Tablets
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Symptoms of blood disorders include tiredness, sore
throat, bruising easily and susceptibility to infection.
Reporting of side effects
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
This includes any possible side effects not listed in this
leaflet. You can also report side effects directly via the
Yellow Card Scheme (www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard) or
search for MHRA Yellow Card in the Google Play or Apple
App Store. By reporting side effects you can help provide
more information on the safety of this medicine.
Keep all medicines out of the sight and reach of children.
Blister packs - Store in the original packaging, in order to
protect the tablets from the light and moisture. Plastic
containers - Keep the container tightly closed, in order to
protect the tablets from light and moisture.
Do not store above 25°C.
Do not use this medicine after the expiry date which is
stated on the carton after EXP. The expiry date refers to the
last day of that month.
Do not throw away any medicines via wastewater or
household waste. Ask your pharmacist how to throw away
medicines you no longer use. These measures will help
protect the environment.
What Cefalexin Tablets contain:
The active ingredient of Cefalexin Tablets is either 250 mg
or 500 mg of cefalexin. The film-coated tablets also contain
magnesium stearate, povidone (E1201), sodium starch
glycollate, macrogol 6000, lactose, saccharin sodium
(E954), talc (E553b) and peppermint oil. The tablet coating
contains titanium dioxide (E171) and hypromellose (E464).
Cefalexin Tablets 250 mg come in plastic
containers of 20, 21, 28, 50, 100 and 500 and blister packs
of 20, 21 and 28 tablets.
Cefalexin Tablets 500mg come in plastic containers of 12,
15, 20, 21, 24, 28, 50, 100, 250 and 500 tablets, and blister
packs of 14, 15, 20, 21, 28, 30 and 56 tablets.
Cefalexin Tablets 250 mg are round, film-coated and white
to yellowish in colour. The tablets are scored on one side
and have “CX” above the score and “250” below. The
unscored side is without markings.
Cefalexin Tablets 500 mg are oblong, film-coated and white
to yellowish in colour. The tablets are scored on each side.
Product licence holder and manufacturer:
Sandoz GmbH, A 6250 Kundl, Tirol, Austria.
This leaflet was last revised in July 2018.
The usual dose for adults is 1-4g daily in divided doses. For
most infections the dose will be 500 mg (2 x 250 mg tablets
or 1 x 500 mg tablet) every 8 hours.
This may vary depending on the type of infection you have.
For example a dose of 250 mg (1 x 250 mg tablet) taken
every 6 hours or 500 mg (2 x 250 mg tablets or 1 x 500 mg
tablet) every 12 hours is used to treat skin, soft tissue,
throat or urinary tract infections, or those caused by less
The dosage for the elderly is the same as for adults, but
may be reduced if you have poor kidney function.
Use in children and adolescents
For most infections, the usual dose is; 125 mg (half a 250
mg tablet) every 8 hours for children under 5 years, or 250
mg (1 x 250 mg tablet) every 8 hours for children 5 years
For skin and soft tissue infections, urinary tract infections
and sore/dry throat caused by bacterial infections, the total
daily dose may be divided and administered every 12
hours. In severe infections the dosage may be doubled, for
certain infections such as ear infections doses even higher
than double the normal above may be required. Infections
caused by certain bacteria may require treatment for at
least 10 days.
Keep taking your medicine until the course is finished. Do
not stop taking your medicine just because you feel better.
If you stop too soon the infection may start up again
If your symptoms persist, tell your doctor
If you take more Cefalexin Tablets than you should
Always take your medicine as recommended by your
doctor. If you take too much medicine, tell your doctor
immediately or go to your local hospital
If you forget to take Cefalexin Tablets
If you miss a dose, take another as soon as you remember
and then carry on as before. Do not take a double dose to
make up for a forgotten dose.
If you have any further questions on the use of this
medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects,
although not everybody gets them. All medicines can cause
allergic reactions, although serious allergic reactions are
very rare. Tell your doctor immediately if you get any
sudden wheeziness, difficulty in breathing, swelling of the
eyelids, face or lips, rash or itching (especially affecting
your whole body).
Serious side effects
The following side effects are serious. You should stop
taking this medicine and contact your doctor immediately if
you experience them:
Serious peeling or blistering of the skin
A red, scaly widespread rash with bumps under the skin
and blisters accompanied by fever at the initiation of
treatment (acute generalised exanthematous pustulosis).
See also section 2.
Other side effects
The following side effects have been reported
Feeling of sickness or being sick
Diarrhoea (which may be bloody) or stomach pains
Reversible liver disorder or jaundice (yellowing
of the skin and eyes)
Red wheals on the skin (urticaria) (alone)
Itching around the genitals or anus
Thrush or discharge from the vagina
rash with wide spread joint pain stiffness, swollen
lymph glands, fever and, possibly, cloudy urine
Agitation, confusion and hallucinations
Pain or swelling in the joints
Kidney disorders or blood disorders, including an
increase or decrease in the number of white
blood cells, and a decrease in the number of platelets.
Possible side effects
How to store Cefalexin Tablets
Contents of the pack and other
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