Generic Cephalexin is a semisynthetic cephalosporin antibiotic used to treat a wide variety of gram-positive and gram-negative pathogens. It is acid stable and may be given without regard to meals and it is rapidly absorbed after oral administration. It is used to treat infections of the skin, urinary tract, respiratory tract and infections in bones and joints caused by susceptible bacteria.
Generic Cephalexin Capsules are approved for treatment of susceptible organisms causing the following infections:
- Otitis media due to Streptococcus pneumoniae, Haemophilus influenzae, Staphylococcus aureus, Streptococcus pyogenes, and Moraxella catarrhalis.
- Skin and skin structure infections caused by Staphylococcus aureus and/or Streptococcus pyogenes
- Bone infections caused by Staphylococcus aureus and/or Proteus mirabilis
- Genitourinary tract infections, including acute prostatitis, caused by E.coli, Proteus mirabilis, and Klebsiella pneumonia
Note: Methicillin-resistant staphylococci and most strains of enterococci (Enterococcus faecalis
[formerly Streptococcus faecalis
]) are resistant to cephalosporins, including cephalexin. It is not active against most strains of Enterobacter spp., Morganella morganii,
and Proteus vulgaris
. It has no activity against Pseudomonas spp.
or Acinetobacter calcoaceticus
. Penicillin-resistant Streptococcus pneumonia
is usually cross-resistant to beta-lactam antibiotics.