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Cephalexin (Keflex®, Biocef®) is a prescription antibiotic licensed to treat a number of infections. Common uses of this medication include:
  • Prevention of heart valve infections (bacterial endocarditis)
  • Treatment of a bacterial infections, such as:



In order to help ensure the safe use of cephalexin, information on the medicine should be reviewed with your healthcare provider before treatment begins. It is important to let your healthcare provider know if you are pregnant, have kidney disease or kidney failure, or have any allergies (including allergies to penicillin or other types of antibiotics) before using this particular medication. Potential side effects to look out for during the treatment process include diarrhea, headache, and nausea.
(Click Cephalexin for more information, including details on how the antibiotic works, warnings for the drug, and other side effects that may occur.)
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