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Composition for CEFIMAK


food interaction for CEFIMAK

alcohol interaction for CEFIMAK

pregnancy interaction for CEFIMAK

lactation interaction for CEFIMAK

It can be taken with or without food, but it is better to take Cefimak syrup at a fixed time.
Interaction with alcohol is unknown. Please consult your doctor.
Cefimak syrup is probably safe to use during pregnancy.
Either animal studies have shown no adverse effect on the fetus, but there is no human studies or animal studies have shown an adverse effect that was not confirmed in human studies. Please consult your doctor.
Cefimak syrup is probably safe to use during breastfeeding. Please consult your doctor.




Cephalexin is used to treat bacterial infections including upper respiratory infections, ear infections, skin infections, and urinary tract infections.

How it works

Cephalexin belongs to group of medicines called cephalosporin antibiotics. It kills the bacteria by interrupting the bacterial cell wall (outer coating of bacteria) formation. As a result, the bacterial cell wall is weakened and ruptures, thereby killing the bacteria.

Common side effects

Vomiting, Itching, Generalised rash, Skin rash, Urticaria, Bleeding, Bruise, Stomach upset, Skin reaction, Diarrhoea, Mouth ulcer, Wheezing, Difficulty in swalloing, Vaginal infection, Shortness of breath


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Expert advice for CEFIMAK

• Do not start or continue the cephalexin capsules and consult your doctor if you are allergic (hypersensitive) to cephalexin, other cephalosporins (similar antibiotics), or penicillin group of antibiotics. An allergic reaction may include rash, itching, difficulty in breathing or swelling of the face, lips, throat or tongue
• Do not start or continue the cephalexin capsules and consult your doctor if you experience diarrhea; symptoms include pain, fever and inflammation of the large intestine
• Do not start or continue the cephalexin capsules and consult your doctor if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant or breastfeeding.
• If you are taking vitamin supplements, do not take them for 2 hours before or after taking this drug.

Frequently asked questions for CEFIMAK


Q. Does cephalexin contain sulfa or penicillin?
Cephalexin does not contain sulfa and is not penicillin. It is a cephalosporin antibiotic.

Q. Is cephalexin the same as Keflex, Sporanox, or amoxicillin?
Keflex is a brand name for cephalexin, but Sporanox and amoxicillin are other drugs.

Q. Is cephalexin safe?
Cephalexin is safe if used at prescribed doses for the prescribed duration as advised by your doctor.

Q. Can I take cephalexin with Nyquil (acetaminophen, dextromethorphan, doxylamine, and pseudoephedrine), Tylenol (paracetamol), Dayquil (Phenylephrine, acetaminophen, dextromethorphan), Benadryl (diphenhydramine), Tamiflu (oseltamivir phosphate), or Advil (ibuprofen)?
Yes, you may take cephalexin with Nyquil, Tylenol, Dayquil, Benadryl, Tamiflu, or Advil. Please consult your doctor before use.

Q. Can I take cephalexin with citalopram, or vitamins?
Yes, you can take cephalexin with citalopram, or vitamins.

Q. Can I take cephalexin for a cold?
Cephalexin treats infections caused by bacteria. It does not treat a viral infection such as the common cold or flu.

Q. Does cephalexin treat sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), staph infections or bacterial vaginosis (BV)?
Cephalexin is not approved to treat STDs and is not active against MRSA. It may be used against staph infections, but is not very effective against bacterial vaginosis.


Content on this page was last updated on 06 June, 2014, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)