What Is Cephalexin Prescribed For?
Cephalexin (Keflex®, Biocef®) is an antibiotic that is available by prescription only. Many people may wonder, "What is it prescribed for?" Cephalexin is approved for the treatment of various types of bacterial infections and the prevention of heart valve infections (bacterial endocarditis).
Some of the common types of bacterial infections that can be treated with cephalexin include:
- Respiratory tract infection, such as pneumonia, bronchitis, strep throat, or tonsillitis
- Bone infection (osteomyelitis)
- Middle ear infection (otitis media)
- Sinus infection (sinusitis)
- Urinary tract infection (UTIs)
- Irritation of the prostate (prostatitis)
- Skin infection, such as cellulitis, folliculitis, or impetigo.
Endocarditis occurs when the inner lining of the heart (the endocardium) develops inflammation, usually from an infection. Bacterial endocarditis occurs when bacteria are responsible for causing the inflammation. The condition can occur during a number of procedures, such as dental procedures. Cephalexin may help prevent this infection by curbing the growth of bacteria and reducing inflammation.
(Click What Is Cephalexin Used For? to learn more about cephalexin uses, to find out how this medication works, and for information about the use of this drug in children.)