Keflex – See Related Topics
Many people are allergic to penicillin and this can pose a problem if they develop a bacterial infection. As an alternative, physicians can prescribe a drug called Keflex (cephalexin) instead. Keflex is a cephalosporin antibiotic used to treat a wide variety of bacterial infections. It works by providing an interference to cell wall formation of bacteria. This action causes the cells to rupture, killing off the bacteria.
Bacterial infections that Keflex is prescribed for the treatment of can include those affecting the upper respiratory system, urinary tract, skin, and ears. It should not be mistaken for drugs that treat viral infections, such as influenza or the common cold, as those stem from infection by viruses.
Keflex is considered a non-addictive medication without potential for abuse. Despite this assumption, dependency has been reported, and this occurs most often with individuals who are already misusing other drugs (mostly narcotics). These people have delayed taking the medication when they’ve noticed doing so has interfered with the high achieved from other substance abuse. Additionally, they have been shown to forget to take doses due to being otherwise impaired or they may not purchase the medication as they feel the money is better used to by their illegal drug of choice instead. These factors can result in a starting and sudden stopping of the drug regimen, and that can have serious side effects. Not taking the drug as directed can cause the infection to worsen, and prolonged use, taking added doses to make up for those missed, or taking it off schedule can result in other conditions to develop – yeast infections and oral thrush just to name a couple.
Keflex misuse can be seriously problematic. If you need to learn more about this drug and what can be done to stop the misuse, check out our related topics or contact The Recovery Village via our toll-free hotline.