Cephalexin 250 mg Capsules
Cephalexin (Keflex®, Biocef®) is a prescription antibiotic approved for the treatment of various types of bacterial infections. It can also be used to prevent heart valve infections. The drug comes in either capsule or liquid form and is available in several different strengths, including:
- 250 mg cephalexin capsules
- 500 mg cephalexin capsules
- Cephalexin suspension 125 mg/5mL -- each teaspoon (5 mL) containing 125 mg of cephalexin
- Cephalexin suspension 250 mg/5 mL -- each teaspoon (5 mL) containing 250 mg of cephalexin.
For the treatment of most types of bacterial infections, most people start with the 250 mg capsules (but may end up taking between 250 mg and 1000 mg) four times a day for 7 to 14 days. For chronic or more serious infections, your healthcare provider may continue treatment for a longer period of time.
The recommended cephalexin dose for the prevention of bacterial endocarditis in adults is 2000 mg, taken one hour before a surgical procedure is performed.
(Click Cephalexin Dosage for information on how cephalexin dosing works for children and for general tips and precautions for using this particular medication.)