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cephalexin 250 mg & 500 mg capsules
Consumer Medicine Information
This leaflet is designed to provide you with answers to some common questions about this medicine. It does not contain all the available information.
All medicines have risks and benefits. Your doctor has weighed the risks of you taking CILEX against the benefits the medicine is expected to have for you.
If you have any concerns about taking this medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Keep this leaflet with this medicine. You may need to read it again.
CILEX contains cephalexin. Cephalexin is an antibiotic used to treat infections in different parts of the body caused by bacteria. CILEX can be used to treat infections of the:
CILEX belongs to a group of antibiotic medicines called cephalosporins. These antibiotics work by killing the bacteria that are causing your infection.
Your doctor may have prescribed CILEX for another reason. Ask your doctor if you have any questions about why CILEX has been prescribed for you.
CILEX is available only with a doctor’s prescription.
Do not take CILEX if:
There is no evidence that CILEX is addictive.
Your doctor must know about all the following before you start to take CILEX.
You must tell your doctor if:
If you have not told your doctor about any of these things, tell him/her before you start taking CILEX.
Your doctor will tell you how much and how often you should take CILEX. This will depend on the type of infection. The dose varies from patient to patient.
CILEX should be swallowed whole with a glass of water.
CILEX can be taken with or without food.
Continue taking CILEX until you finish the blister pack or for as long as your doctor tells you.
Keep taking CILEX for the full time of treatment, even if you begin to feel better after a few days. If you do not complete the full course prescribed by your doctor, your infection may not clear completely or your symptoms may return.
If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the dose you missed and take your next dose when you are meant to. Otherwise, take a dose as soon as you remember, and then go back to taking your capsules as you would normally.
Do not take a double dose to make up for the dose that you missed.
Immediately telephone your doctor or Poisons Information Centre (13 11 26) for advice, or go to your nearest hospital casualty department if you think you or anyone else has taken too many CILEX Capsules. Do this even if there are no signs of discomfort or poisoning.
If you take too many CILEX Capsules, you may feel sick in the stomach or experience diarrhoea.
If you get severe diarrhoea tell your doctor, pharmacist or nurse immediately. Do this even if it occurs several weeks after CILEX has been stopped. Diarrhoea may mean that you have a serious condition affecting your bowel. You may need urgent medical care. Do not take diarrhoea medicine without first checking with your doctor.
If you become pregnant while you are taking CILEX, tell your doctor.
If you are about to start taking any new medicine, tell your doctor or pharmacist that you are taking CILEX.
If you have to test your urine for sugar while you are taking CILEX, make sure that your doctor knows about the type of test you use. CILEX may affect the results of some of these tests.
If you have to have any blood tests, tell your doctor you are taking CILEX because CILEX may affect the results of some of these tests.
Tell all doctors, dentists and pharmacists who are treating you that you are taking CILEX.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist before you start any new medicine while you are taking CILEX.
Do not stop taking CILEX or lower the dose because you are feeling better, unless advised by your doctor. If you do not complete the full course prescribed by your doctor, your infection may not clear completely or your symptoms may return.
Do not give CILEX to anyone else, even if their symptoms are similar to yours.
Do not take CILEX to treat other complaints unless your doctor tells you to.
Be careful driving or operating machinery until you know how CILEX affect you. CILEX generally does not cause any problems with your ability to drive a car or operate machinery. CILEX may cause dizziness or drowsiness in some people.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist as soon as possible if you do not feel well while you are taking CILEX. Like other medicines, CILEX can cause some side effects. If they occur, most are likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and need medical attention. Many of the side effects are dose related, so it is important you never exceed the stated dose.
Tell your doctor if you notice any of the following and they worry you:
These are the most common side effects of CILEX Capsules.
Tell your doctor immediately or go to casualty at your hospital if you notice any of the following:
Tell your doctor immediately if you notice any of the following side effects, particularly if they occur several weeks after stopping treatment with CILEX:
These are rare but serious side effects. You may have a serious condition affecting your bowel. You may need urgent medical attention.
Do not take any diarrhoea medicine without first checking with your doctor.
Other side effects not listed above may also occur in some people. Do not be alarmed by this list of possible side effects. You may not experience any of them. Tell your doctor if you notice any symptoms that worry you, even if you think the problems are not connected with the medicine or are not listed in this leaflet.
Keep your capsules in the blister pack until it is time to take them. If you take your capsules out of the blister pack, they may not keep as well.
Keep your capsules in a cool dry place where the temperature stays below 30°C.
Do not store CILEX or any other medicine in the bathroom or near a sink. Do not leave it in the car or on window sills. Heat and dampness can destroy some medicines.
Keep medicines where young children cannot reach them. A locked cupboard at least one-and-a-half metres above the ground is a good place to store medicines.
There will be an expiry date (month, year) on the outer box and imprinted on the end of each blister strip. The medicine should not be taken after this date.
If your doctor tells you to stop taking CILEX or you find that they have passed their expiry date, ask your pharmacist what to do with any capsules that are left over.
CILEX capsules are available in two strengths:
Excipients: (capsule shells)
Ascent Pharma Pty Ltd
151-153 Clarendon St
South Melbourne VIC 3205
For further information call 1800 554 414
Cilex 250 mg - AUST R 144109
Cilex 500 mg - AUST R 144110
This leaflet was prepared on 17 May 2010.
Published by MIMS September 2014
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