Cephalexin is a broad-spectrum antibiotic available as capsules or suspension used to treat bacterial infections. Cephalexin is an antibiotic belonging to a class of drugs called cephalosporins that fight bacteria in the body. It can be used to treat infections such as bronchitis, as well as ear, skin, and urinary tract infections. Cephalexin may also be used for purposes other than those listed. Cephalexin requires a prescription from your veterinarian.
- Effectively treats bacterial skin infections
- Also treats infections of the urinary tract, respiratory tract, bones, and joints
- Can prevent secondary infections
- Sold affordably by individual capsules
How it works
Cephalexin is a cephalosporin antibiotic. Cephalosporin antibiotics suppress the growth of micro-organisms such as bacteria, fungi, or protozoa.
Cephalexin is a semisynthetic cephalosporin antibiotic used to treat a wide variety of gram-positive and gram-negative pathogens. It is acid stable and may be given without regard to meals and it is rapidly absorbed after oral administration. It is used to treat infections of the skin, urinary tract, respiratory tract and infections in bones and joints caused by susceptible bacteria.
Generic Cephalexin are approved for treatment of susceptible organisms causing the following infections:
- Otitis media due to Streptococcus pneumoniae, Haemophilus influenzae, Staphylococcus aureus, Streptococcus pyogenes, and Moraxella catarrhalis.
- Skin and skin structure infections caused by Staphylococcus aureus and/or Streptococcus pyogenes
- Bone infections caused by Staphylococcus aureus and/or Proteus mirabilis
- Genitourinary tract infections, including acute prostatitis, caused by E.coli, Proteus mirabilis, and Klebsiella pneumonia
Note: Methicillin-resistant staphylococci and most strains of enterococci (Enterococcus faecalis [formerly Streptococcus faecalis]) are resistant to cephalosporins, including cephalexin. It is not active against most strains of Enterobacter spp., Morganella morganii, and Proteus vulgaris. It has no activity against Pseudomonas spp.or Acinetobacter calcoaceticus. Penicillin-resistant Streptococcus pneumonia is usually cross-resistant to beta-lactam antibiotics.