*** PLEASE NOTE***
The information and instructions on the following pages should not replace those given to you by your doctor.
How does Cefalexin work?
Cefalexin helps the body fight against bacterial infections.
How do I prepare the medication?
The medication comes in a syrup form, prepared by a pharmacist, or in a powder form. You can ask your pharmacist to prepare the syrup.
How should I store the medication?
The medication should be stored at room temperature, in a closed container, out of reach of children. If the medication is in a syrup form, it must be refrigerated after opening.
Do not use the medication past its expiration date.
Once the syrup is opened, it is good for seven days.
Administering the Medication
It is important to follow the times as instructed by your physician. Shake the syrup bottle well prior to each use. If your child has difficulty swallowing the medication, it can be added to his food or drink. It is recommended to administer the medication on a full stomach – either right before, during or after a meal.
What should I do if I forget to administer the medication on time?
If you forget to give your child his medication on time, administer the medication immediately after you remember. If there are less than 3 hours prior to the next dose, skip the next dose. Do not give two doses at once.
When can I stop giving the medication to my child?
Finish the round as instructed by your doctor. Even if your child is feeling better, you cannot stop giving him the medication before the round is over. Stopping treatment enables the bacteria to develop resistance to antibiotics. Throw out the leftover medication.
What side effects does the antibiotic cause?
Side effects include diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, stomach aches, rashes, and bloating.
If your child vomited less than 20 minutes after taking a dose, re-administer the medication. If your child vomited after 20 minutes of taking the medication, there is no need to repeat the dose. In cases of continuous vomiting, please consult your doctor.
Call your doctor when
Your child’s condition does not improve after the first two days of treatment
Your child experiences swelling or itchiness. Stop treatment immediately and call your doctor
Your child’s condition worsens
If your child experiences severe side effects