Ensuring Your Safety With Cephalexin

What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider Before Taking It?

You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking this drug if you:
  • Have kidney disease or kidney failure.
  • Are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant.
  • Are breastfeeding.
  • Will be having surgery.
  • Have any allergies. This includes allergies to cephalexin, to other cephalosporins such as Omnicef® (cefdinir) and Rocephin® (ceftriaxone), to penicillin, or to other types of antibiotics.
Also tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
(Click Cephalexin Precautions and Warnings to learn more, including information on who should not take the drug.)

What If I Take a Cephalexin Overdose?

People who take too much of this drug may have overdose symptoms that could include, but are not limited to:
If you happen to overdose on this drug, seek immediate medical attention.

How Should Cephalexin Be Stored?

Cephalexin capsules should be stored at room temperature. Cephalexin oral suspension should be refrigerated once it is in liquid form. The oral suspension expires 14 days after being prepared and should be discarded accordingly. Cephalexin products should be kept protected from light, moisture, and excessive heat.
As always, keep this medication and all other medications out of the reach of children.
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