Cilex Side Effects

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Cilex is a commonly prescribed antibiotic that is used to treat bacterial infections within the body. Like any medication, Cilex can cause some side effects. These are usually minimal and do not cause most patients to discontinue use of Cilex.

What is Cilex?

Cilex is the brand name for a generic form of the antibiotic prescription drug cephalexin. Cilex belongs to a family of medications known as cephalosporins, which work by inhibiting the reproduction of bacteria within the body, thus alleviating infections.

For What Is Cilex Used?

Cilex is used for a variety of bacteria-caused infections within the body. It is most commonly prescribed for infections of the throat, lungs, tonsils, nose, ears, skin, bladder and kidneys, although it may be prescribed for other reasons as directed by your doctor.

What Aare the Common Side Effects Associated with Cilex?

There are several common side effects associated with Cilex usage. These can be exacerbated by increased doses, so be sure to take the medication exactly as prescribed for your specific condition.

The common side effects include diarrhea, upset stomach, dizziness, sleepiness, itching of the vagina or whiteness of the tongue. Vaginal and mouth symptoms are usually the result of a yeast infection or thrush--a yeast infection of the mouth. Since antibiotics kill off all bacteria within the body (even the "good" bacteria that typically keep yeast levels in check), yeast infections can occur and can be alleviated by also taking an anti-fungal medication if needed.

What Are the Severe Side Effects of Cilex?

If you should experience bloody stool or diarrhea, a severe rash on the body, swelling of the hands, face or tongue, difficulty swallowing or breathing, swelling of the joints, fever or yellowing of the skin or eyes, head to the nearest emergency room or call 911. These are symptoms of allergic reaction and/or liver dysfunction, both of which can be life-threatening if left untreated.

Contraindications

If you've ever had an allergic reaction to any medications (especially antibiotics), foods or food additives; are taking metformin or Glucophage; have a history of kidney, liver or bowel disease; have a bleeding disorder, colitis or carnitine deficiency; are pregnant or plan on becoming pregnant; or are breast-feeding, consult with your physician before taking Cilex.

Your physician can help you determine if the risks of Cilex are worth the benefits if you choose to take the drug.

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