Cephalexin facts

Precaution is to be taken in patients who are hypersensitive to penicillins & pregnant woman.

health and fitness Updated: Feb 11, 2004 22:12 IST

Systems: General (Systemic)
Category: First Generation Cephalosporin


Cephalexin is partially protein bound, attains high concentration in bile and is excreted in urine as such.Plasma half life is 60 minutes.


Cephalexin is used in respiratory tract infections, sinusitis, otitis, soft tissue infections, UTI and biliary tract infections.It is active against streptococci, gonococci, meningococci, corynebacterium.diphtheria, clostiridia and actinomyces. It is less active against penicillinase producing staphylococci and H.influenza.

Routes of Administration and Dosage

Cephalexin-Oral : 0.25-1 gram 6-8 hourly[children 25-100mgs/kg/day].

Contra Indications

Cephalexin is contraindicated in hypersensitivity to cephalosporins.


Special precaution to be taken in patients who are hypersensitive to penicillins, pseudomembranous collitis, pregnancy, lactation and renal failure.


Few interactions have been reported.

Brand Names

Alcephin (Alembic), Alexin (Dabur), Alsporin(Dominion), Betaspore(Aristo), Blucef(Blue cross), Cefadyl(Unique), Cefalex(PCI), Cefalin(Euphoric), Cefamax(Max), Ceff(Lupin), CefKap(Gland Pharma), Cephaxin(Biochem), itaceph(Citadel), Faxin(Alpine), Felopen(Plethico), Hycef(Grandix), LX-500(Apex), Mafexin(Malladi Drugs), Nufex(Searle), Oceph(Emcure), Oriphex(Alidac), Phexin (Glaxco Pharma), Prilex(Hindustan), Rakcef(Rallis), Rofex(Rhone Pic), Safexin (Saga Labs), Sepexin(Lyka), Solexin Kid(SOL), Sporen(Dey's), Sporidex(Ranbaxy), Winphex Distab (Wings Pharma).

(Source: Webhealthcentre.com)

First Published: Feb 11, 2004 22:12 IST