Cephalexin is a drug used in the treatment of a wide array of bacterial infections - ranging from bacterial endocarditis, cystitis, otitis media and skin infections. It belongs to the cephalosporin class of drugs, which work by disrupting cell wall synthesis. Common side effects with cephalexin include upset stomach, diarrhoea, and vomiting.
Cephalexin is a cephalosporin antibiotic that comes in the form of a capsule, tablet, and liquid for oral administration. It works by fighting bacteria in the body. It gets rid of some gram-negative and gram-positive bacteria, by disrupting the growth of the bacterial cell walls that are necessary for the bacteria cells to survive.
It works in the same way as other agents within the class of first-generation cephalosporins. It is used to treat a number of infections caused by bacteria such as upper respiratory infections, pneumonia and skin, ear, bone and urinary tract infections.
It can also be used for other purposes as advised by a doctor. Cephalexin may also be used in patients with moderate or mild allergies to penicillin. However, it is not recommended for individuals with severe penicillin allergies.