CEFALEXIN oral

Prescription under medical supervision


Therapeutic action

– First-generation cephalosporin antibacterial

Indications

– Skin infections due to staphylococci and/or streptococci: impetigo, furuncle, erysipelas and superficial cellulitis

Forms and strengths

– 250 mg capsule
– 125 mg/5 ml powder for oral suspension, to be reconstituted with filtered water

Dosage

– Neonate under 7 days: 25 mg/kg 2 times daily
– Neonate 7 to 28 days: 25 mg/kg 3 times daily
The exact dose should be calculated according to the newborn’s weight.

– Child 1 month to under 12 years: 12.5 to 25 mg/kg 2 times daily
– Child 12 years and over and adult: 1 g 2 times daily

Age

Weight

125 mg/5 ml oral susp.

250 mg capsule

1 to < 5 months

4 to < 7 kg

1 tsp x 2

5 months to < 3 years

7 to < 15 kg

1½ tsp x 2

3 to < 6 years

15 to < 20 kg

2 tsp x 2

6 to < 12 years

20 to < 40 kg

2 cap x 2

≥ 12 years and adult

≥ 40 kg

4 cap x 2

Duration

Impetigo, furuncle: 7 days; erysipelas, cellulitis: 7 to 10 days

Contra-indications, adverse effects, precautions

– Do not administer to patients with allergy to cephalosporin.
– Administer with caution to patients with allergy to penicillin (cross-sensitivity may occur) and severe renal impairment (reduce the dose).
– May cause: gastrointestinal disturbances (particularly diarrhoea), allergic reactions (skin eruption, fever, pruritus).
Pregnancy: no contra-indication
Breast-feeding: no contra-indication

Remarks

– Take preferably between meals.
– Also comes in 250 mg/5 ml powder for oral suspension.
  Storage: below 25 °C -  - 
For the oral suspension (powder or reconstituted suspension): follow manufacturer’s instructions.