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Cephalexin

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7.4
7.2  Effectiveness
3.1  Side Effects
5.9  Holistic Benefits

RateADrug users have reported 4 Cephalexin side effects and 2 Cephalexin benefits.

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Treatment Information
Cephalexin is the generic name and it is manufactured and marketed under brand names Keflex and Biocef.

Cephalexin is the active ingredient of this medication and the inactive ingredients include: Black iron oxide; magnesium stearate; silicon dioxide; and sodium starch glycolate.

This is an antibiotic that treats various bacterial infections. It belongs to a group of antibiotics called cephalosporins.
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Reported Changes in Health and Well-Being
Since taking Cephalexin, RateADrug survey participants noticed these changes in their health:
Effect on:Much WorseWorseNo ChangeBetterMuch Better
Appetite 0% 21.1% 71.1% 5.3% 2.6%
Balance/Equilibrium 0% 5.3% 92.1% 2.6% 0%
Blood Pressure 0% 2.6% 97.4% 0% 0%
Breathing 0% 5.3% 92.1% 2.6% 0%
Confidence 2.6% 0% 97.4% 0% 0%
Coordination/Motor Skills 0% 7.9% 92.1% 0% 0%
Digestion 0% 10.5% 78.9% 5.3% 5.3%
Emotional Well-being 5.3% 7.9% 73.7% 13.2% 0%
Energy 2.6% 10.5% 76.3% 10.5% 0%
Eyesight 0% 7.9% 92.1% 0% 0%
Memory 0% 2.6% 94.7% 2.6% 0%
Mental Clarity 5.3% 2.6% 92.1% 0% 0%
Pain 0% 5.3% 63.2% 18.4% 13.2%
Patience 5.3% 5.3% 89.5% 0% 0%
Sexual Health 2.6% 0% 92.1% 2.6% 2.6%
Skin Complexion 0% 5.3% 86.8% 5.3% 2.6%
Sleep 2.6% 2.6% 81.6% 10.5% 2.6%
Stress Level 5.3% 5.3% 84.2% 5.3% 0%
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Commonly Reported Cephalexin Side Effects
RateADrug survey participants experienced these commonly reported side effects:
Effect on:NoneMildModerateStrongSevere
Cold Symptoms 87.5% 0% 12.5% 0% 0%
Appetite Loss 67.7% 19.4% 9.7% 0% 3.2%
Headache 84.2% 13.2% 2.6% 0% 0%
Dark / Tarry Stools 96.9% 3.1% 0% 0% 0%
Gas 66.7% 22.2% 0% 11.1% 0%
Fatigue 73.7% 15.8% 5.3% 5.3% 0%
Irregular Bleeding 96.8% 3.2% 0% 0% 0%
Depression 87.5% 0% 12.5% 0% 0%
Sensitivity to Light 88.9% 11.1% 0% 0% 0%
Blurred Vision 88.9% 0% 11.1% 0% 0%
Breathing Difficulties 87.5% 0% 12.5% 0% 0%
Stomach Ache 62.5% 0% 12.5% 12.5% 12.5%
Confusion 87.5% 0% 12.5% 0% 0%
Bruising 96.2% 3.8% 0% 0% 0%
Irregular Heartbeat 88.9% 0% 11.1% 0% 0%
Anxiety 87.5% 0% 12.5% 0% 0%
Drowsiness 66.7% 22.2% 0% 11.1% 0%
Nausea 82.9% 5.7% 11.4% 0% 0%
Dizziness 84.2% 7.9% 2.6% 5.3% 0%
Sore Throat 93.9% 3% 3% 0% 0%
Itching 0% 100% 0% 0% 0%
Insomnia 75% 12.5% 12.5% 0% 0%
Irritability / Impatience 86.7% 10% 3.3% 0% 0%
Muscle Cramping 87.5% 12.5% 0% 0% 0%
Diarrhea 78.9% 7.9% 10.5% 0% 2.6%
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Less Commonly Reported Cephalexin Side Effects
RateADrug survey participants experienced less commonly reported side effects:
Effect on:NoneMildModerateStrongSevere
Anxiety 84.6% 7.7% 3.8% 3.8% 0%
Blistering 97% 3% 0% 0% 0%
Abdominal Pain 82.1% 17.9% 0% 0% 0%
Lightheadedness 0% 100% 0% 0% 0%
Chest Pain 97% 3% 0% 0% 0%
Flaky / Peeling Skin 97% 0% 3% 0% 0%
Genital Discomfort 96.7% 3.3% 0% 0% 0%
Hives 96.9% 3.1% 0% 0% 0%
Confusion 0% 0% 100% 0% 0%
Skin Rash 96.4% 0% 3.6% 0% 0%
Metallic Taste in Mouth 80% 10% 0% 6.7% 3.3%
Back Pain 50% 0% 50% 0% 0%
Muscle / Joint Pain 80% 20% 0% 0% 0%
Breathing Difficulties 0% 100% 0% 0% 0%
Painful Urination 96.7% 3.3% 0% 0% 0%
Depression 92.6% 3.7% 3.7% 0% 0%
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User Comments about Cephalexin
07 Aug 2012 I started taking Cephalexin after having some pus drained from my big toe. The good news is that it didn't cause any unwanted side effects. The bad news is that it didn't help get rid of the infection either. In fact, I had to have the same toe operated on again. Perhaps the bacterium causing the infection is resistant or is outside the spectrum of cephalexin.
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02 Jan 2012 The aftertaste was really bad when taking this medication, hoever it worked quite quickly and well for the infection I had.
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23 Oct 2010 I took this for a UTI, it worked well, but would have been better if it worked more quickly.
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15 Sep 2010 i would prefer it not being a pill
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20 Aug 2010 Helped speed up the recovery time on my severely cut and infected hand. Finally saw a doctor after weeks with no improvement and it getting more and more worse.
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