Signs Symptoms and Side Effects of Keflex (Cephalexin) Abuse

Misusing antibiotics is defined as either taking too much or not taking them as directed by a physician, which can lead to the creation and spread of drug-resistant infections. The creation of drug resistant infections can have dire consequences not only for the patient, but for society as a whole. Keflex (cephalexin) is recommended to treat a wide variety of bacterial infections. Taking too much cephalexin can also lead to a higher risk of side effects in the digestive system.

There is a limited amount of antibiotics that treat bacterial infections. It is, therefore, essential that they are kept at their most effective strength and are not misused.

What Is Keflex (Cephalexin)?

Keflex is the brand name for the generic prescription drug cephalexin. The drug is a broad-spectrum antibiotic prescribed to treat, and, in some cases, prevent a wide range of bacterial infections. Cephalexin is listed in a group of antibiotics called cephalosporin and is derived from an aerobic mold originally found in Italy in 1945.

Keflex (cephalexin) is taken every six to twelve hours with food and, as with most medications, has a risk of side effects. The common side effects may include:

  • diarrhea
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • upset stomach

One serious side effect that may occur from resistant bacteria is a severe intestinal condition called Clostridium difficile. A less serious side effect to look out for after long-term or repeatedly taking Keflex is oral thrush or a new yeast infection. If you have any side effects from this medication, it is important to consult your doctor as soon as possible.

Keflex (cephalexin) can cause an allergic reaction for patients allergic to penicillin and can cause some vaccines to become less effective. Inform your doctor of pre-existing allergies and plan to not receive any vaccines during a cephalexin treatment plan.

Keflex (Cephalexin) Addiction

Keflex (cephalexin) is not considered to be an addictive substance, but it can be misused by individuals who take injectable drugs, as they are likely to contract various bacterial infections. The people who take injectable drugs are less inclined to take antibiotics as directed; thereby, creating the side effect and drug-resistant superbugs referred to earlier in this article.

It should also be noted, this group of people within society is more apt to acquire cephalexin without the assistance of a doctor. Taking cephalexin without the care of a doctor increases the possibility of creating bacteria that cannot be treated.

If you feel you or a loved one is misusing Keflex or has an issue with injectable drugs, don’t wait to get help. Contact The Recovery Village today. Our toll-free hotline number is 855-548-9825.

Keflex (Cephalexin) Long-Term Effects

Long-term side effects of Keflex (cephalexin) have less to do with the patient and more to do with the drug-resistant bacteria that can be created by extended treatment. The effectiveness of the bacteria-fighting properties of cephalexin may disappear after a long period of treatment, or after repeatedly taking Keflex.

If you experience any allergic reactions or gastrointestinal issues while taking Keflex over the long-term, talk to your doctor to see if this is the best antibiotic to treat your issue.

If you are experiencing the above-mentioned symptoms or struggling with substance use disorder, don’t let this situation determine the rest of your life. Contact our 24/7 confidential helpline at 844-870-5677 to learn more about the road to recovery.

Medical Disclaimer

The Recovery Village aims to improve the quality of life for people struggling with substance use or mental health disorder with fact-based content about the nature of behavioral health conditions, treatment options and their related outcomes. We publish material that is researched, cited, edited and reviewed by licensed medical professionals. The information we provide is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. It should not be used in place of the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare providers.