Keflex – FAQ

When you visit the doctor and need medication to treat a bacterial infection but are allergic to penicillin, you may find yourself being handed a prescription for Keflex (cephalexin). Keflex, used to treat a vast array of bacterial infections, is a drug known as a cephalosporin antibiotic. This type of medication works by interfering with the cell wall formation in bacteria and causes it to rupture – thus killing off the bacteria in the user’s body.

Keflex is used to treat ailments such as skin infections, ear infections, upper respiratory infections, and urinary tract infections. It however does not work as a treatment for viral infections like the common cold or influenza.

It is considered a safe, non-addictive medication and does not have any potential for abuse or dependency in the traditional sense. However, misuse of Keflex can lead to a decrease in its effectiveness. Misuse is commonly seen in individuals who have a dependency on other drugs. They have been known to put off taking antibiotics like Keflex over concerns of interactions that may lessen their positive state of well-being. Sometimes they have been noted for forgetting to take their prescribed dose due to an impaired mental state caused by abuse of other substances. Other circumstances of abuse have included them not purchasing the medication as the money required comes from the pool they have for their recreational drug of choice.

Additionally, the adverse effects of starting and stopping dosages at will, or not taking the medication at evenly spaced times as is recommended by the manufacturer, is often not clearly explained. Keflex works best when taken as directed, and for the duration prescribed – even if the symptoms have cleared up. Not doing so may allow the bacterial infection to once again take hold. This is bad as prolonged use (if prescribed again to work on clearing the reoccurrence of the infection) can result in other conditions such as oral thrush or yeast infections, and treatment for the individual then becomes even more complicated.

If you or someone you know is struggling with Keflex misuse, The Recovery Village can help. Just call the confidential, toll-free hotline to speak with a specialist to learn more about treatment options.