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Below are Keflex (Cephalexin) reviews, ratings, comments submitted by patients and caregivers. Based on a total of 14 ratings/reviews, Keflex has an overall score of 4.86. The effectiveness score is 7.71 and the side effect score is 6.57. The scores are on ten point scale: 10 - best, 1 - worst. This information is not vetted and should not be cosidered as clinical evidence.
 

Keflex review by 47 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Highly Effective
Side effects:   Severe Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   shortness of breath, itching all over
Dosage & duration:   4 capsules taken 1x/day for the period of one day
Other conditions:   hypothyroid, mild Mitral Valve Prolapse
Other drugs taken:   Synthroid
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   I took the Keflex before my dental apppointment because of Mitral Valve Prolapse. I did not get a heart infection.
Side effects:   I developed shortness of breath and itching all over my body. I had to go to E.R. There was also a slight skin redness.
Comments:   I took the Keflex one hour before my dental appointment. I got my teeth cleaned. On my way home, I started itching all over my body and developed a slight rash with reddening. I also felt like I could not breathe or get enough oxygen. So instead of going home, I went to E.R. They gave me an injection (I don't remember the name) and told me to use Benadryl at home for a couple days. If it got worse, the doctor said to return to E.R.

 

Keflex review by 51 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Considerably Effective
Side effects:   Extremely Severe Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   Bladder infections
Dosage & duration:   50 mg taken one a day for the period of 6 months
Other conditions:   None
Other drugs taken:   None
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   It did help to control bladder infections.
Side effects:   I was 25 at the time and experienced chronic yeast infections while this drug. About 10 years later I had severe bladder pain, but no infection was present. After bladder biopsy it was determined that I had intercystial cystitis and the doctor feels it was from being on this antibiotic long term. I suffered with this condition for 6 years and finally had DMSO bladder washes which relieved the problem greatly. To this day I have bladder pain occasionally.
Comments:   After suffering numerous bladder infections, it was determined that I needed longterm antibiotic treatment to get the problem under control. Six months of Keflex. Because this was 25 years ago I am not sure of the dosage.

 

Keflex review by 42 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Ineffective
Side effects:   No Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   n/a
Dosage & duration:   250 mg taken 2 caps immdtly, 1 every 6 hrs after for the period of 1 week
Other conditions:   viral influena
Other drugs taken:   none
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   None. I had a bacterial infection accompanying my flu and there wasnt a single noticeable benefit.
Side effects:   The only good point I suppose is that there was no adverse reaction, such as yeast infection or stomach upset. The downside was the bacterial infection quickly got worse.
Comments:   Absoutely innefective. I easily could have been takign a sugar pill for those results. Bacterial infection became coniderably worse and was later put on another antibiotic to relieve symptoms.

 

Keflex review by 43 year old male patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Considerably Effective
Side effects:   No Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   post surgery antibiotic
Dosage & duration:   500mg taken one cap 3 x day for the period of week
Other conditions:   depression
Other drugs taken:   noone
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   removed bacteria from a rather invasive surgery that could have encountered complications which could lead to other serious side effects
Side effects:   None - i experienced no side effects and was very happy with the results. Will use this product again if i need to.
Comments:   Taking One capsule 3 times per day to combat infection and I found it to work effectively

 

Keflex review by 44 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Highly Effective
Side effects:   Extremely Severe Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   skin wound/infection
Dosage & duration:   500 mg. taken q 6 hr for the period of 2 days
Other conditions:   none
Other drugs taken:   none
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   NONE
Side effects:   C. difficile
Comments:   within 48 hr I experience extreme abdominal pain. I developed C.Difficile and was in agony. It wiped out all the good bacteria in my system and I also developed drug induced pneumonia. Subsequently I was given other antibiotics to combat the pneumonia and I became so dilirious that I almost died. ps Also, I am allergic to PCN.--anaphylactic shock.

 

Keflex review by 37 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Marginally Effective
Side effects:   Severe Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   severe upper respitory tract infection
Dosage & duration:   1 tablet daily taken 1 once daily, seven days for the period of 1 week
Other conditions:   none
Other drugs taken:   none
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   Mild suppression of the infection, slightly reduced upper respitory tract symptoms, some reduced coughing, some reduced mucus production. The symptoms took at least 5 out of the seven days to begin to dissipate, which is very slow compared to another antibiotic such as Maxamox. Unfortunately the side effects were more noticeable than the treatment benefits, and the prescribing doctor mistook the side effects for another symptom that was not actually present.
Side effects:   Swollen glands, especially in breasts. My breasts became enlarged and very painful, causing my doctor to diagnose pregnancy. Of course this was not the case, as I tested negative for pregnancy, and my doctor was reluctant to believe that the Keflex had anything to do with it. My father noted same side effects after a similar course of Keflex. He developed painful and swollen glands in mouth and neck. Also, the management of the URTI took much longer than with other antibiotics. My symptoms seemed to linger on and on.
Comments:   I had a severe URTI with bronchial coughing, headache, muscular and joint pains, and general feeling of fatigue. My doctor presecribed Keflex as an antibiotic, she regarded it as a most effective treatment for this severe URTI. I was to take one tablet (I forget the dosage) once a day for a week to ten days. As I was working I had no time to rest and had to rely on Panamax to held suppress the symptoms. Unfortunately within a day my breasts became sore and swollen, and at the end of the week I returned to my GP who tried to diagnose pregnancy when there was not the slightest possibility of this. I finished the course of Keflex, only to take on another antibiotic at the end of the course since the Keflex did such a poor job.

 

Keflex review by 40 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Considerably Effective
Side effects:   No Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   polinoidal cyst
Dosage & duration:   500 mg taken 4 times a day for the period of for 7 days
Other conditions:   none
Other drugs taken:   nuvaring, advil, wellbutrin, vitamins
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   visible reduction in the infection was noted at approx 4 days. It was a good alternative to having a surgical procedure and the required "down time" associated with a surgical procedure.
Side effects:   none
Comments:   chronic condition - relatively good alternative to a surgical procedure. Actually, was very afraid of the alternative surgical procedure due to the open wound remaining for a large amount of time and the negative feedback located on the internet associated with the surgical procedure.

 

Keflex review by 25 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Considerably Effective
Side effects:   Moderate Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   pre-surgery
Dosage & duration:   not sure (dosage frequency: 3 times a day) for the period of several days
Other conditions:   ADHD
Other drugs taken:   Adderall
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   I was prescribed Keflex to take as a precaution to prevent infection prior to a scheduled surgery. I took if for several days before and after the surgery.
Side effects:   This drug gave me very strange dreams.
Comments:   I was instructed to take Keflex 3 times a day, or it might have been 4, but that I did not have to wake myself up at night to take it.

 

Keflex review by 26 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Highly Effective
Side effects:   No Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   Tonsillitis, Sinusitis also bad tooth ache.
Dosage & duration:   500 MG taken 1 pill 4 times a day for the period of two weeks
Other conditions:   none
Other drugs taken:   Lortab 5 mg.
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   My pain in my head was gone after 5 days of taking this medicine. I feel so much better right now. I would recommend this medicine other than Amoxicillin, or any other antibiotic.
Side effects:   I had no side effects. I feel so much better. But I will say that I still am getting sinus headaches. I dont think those will ever go away though.
Comments:   4 pills per day, keflex. to treat sinusitis, tonsillitis, and my bad tooth ache. It got rid of all my infection..totally...

 

Keflex review by 40 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Highly Effective
Side effects:   Mild Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   Post Operative Antibiotic
Dosage & duration:   750mg taken twice daily for the period of Five Days
Other conditions:   None
Other drugs taken:   None
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   Prevention of post surgical infection and peace of mind following my minor outpatient surgery.
Side effects:   The mild side effects I experienced included fatigue and the abdominal bloating and intestinal tract upset that commonly accompanies any antibiotic treatment. It would be helpful if the Patient Education information sheet included commentary about this phenomenon and instructions regarding using yogurt or supplements to prevent digestive difficulties.
Comments:   The Patient Education information sheet mentioned hives and rash as potential side effects when taking this medication. As a person who is allergic to dyes and food colorings, (a red, itching, burning, eczema like rash results when I ingest these additives) I find it unnecessary that the gel cap in which this medication is contained would have to be colored green or colored at all for that matter. In order to avoid this unpleasant side effect, I opened each gel cap just prior to taking it, poured the medication out onto a spoon and swallowed it down as quickly as possible. My surgical results were excellent and I did not experience any symptoms of infection.

 

Keflex review by 40 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Ineffective
Side effects:   Severe Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   infected lymph node
Dosage & duration:   don't remember (dosage frequency: twice daily) for the period of 5 days
Other conditions:   none
Other drugs taken:   none
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   there were no treatment benefits in taking this drug
Side effects:   i broke out into hives all over my torso
Comments:   i was seen in the doctor's office for a swollen lymph node in my groin. at first i was told to use warm compresses; this didn't work, so they put me on an antibiotic (keflex) and within 2 days i had broken out into hives all over my torso, and the lymph node did not decrease at all in size. it was still red, swollen, and painful. i then heard about lymph drainage, done by a certified massage therapist. went for one session. by the end of the session, my lymph node was smaller, no longer red, and no longer painful; within a day after the session, the lymph node was no longer swollen.

 

Keflex review by 54 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Highly Effective
Side effects:   Severe Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   tooth infection
Dosage & duration:   500mg taken 1st course: 3x day, 2nd course, 2x day for the period of 9 days, then 2 days
Other conditions:   hypothyroid, mitral valve prolapse
Other drugs taken:   Synthroid, estrogen, darvocet, 1 small dose immodium
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   Really cut down the tooth infection/pain and swollen glands, during the first course of treatment I did not have any side effects at all.
Side effects:   Severe diarrhea, very severe vomiting
Comments:   I was given keflex (3x daily) for an infected root canal that needed to be redone. The swelling, pain and swollen glands subsided substantially while I was waiting 2 weeks for my appt to have the root canal redone. After the root canal, the dentist put me back on the keflex (2x daily) to insure against further infection, also since I have mitral valve prolapse. After 2 doses I developed diarrhea and took .5mg of immodium (I am sensitive to immodium, only need a very small dose). 8 hours later I developed worse diarrhea and then very severe vomiting, stomach pain, severe headache, dizziness, chills. Also my muscles were shaking and cramping as if I was very cold. I had to be taken to the urgent care, received an injection of phenergan which helped, and told never to take keflex again. Flu test was negative, I had not eaten anything during that day which could have caused food poisoning. Dx: gastroenteritis caused by keflex.

 

Keflex review by 25 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Considerably Effective
Side effects:   No Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   Chronic Sinusitis
Dosage & duration:   500mg taken 1 capsule 4xdaily for the period of 14 days
Other conditions:   Pregnancy and ADHD
Other drugs taken:   Prenatal vitamin, Adderall and Aspirin
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   You do not have to take this medicine with food and there is a much lower risk oh GI upset like you may experience with other antibiotics.
Side effects:   None
Comments:   I took the Keflex after taking Augmentin for a week without results. Also, being pregnant my OB/GYN felt more comfortable with me being on Keflex than Augmentin. The treatment last longer than other antibiotics but seems to be more effective thus far. No GI effects and no signs of yeast infection like a lot if women experience with antibiotics.

 

Keflex review by 27 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Highly Effective
Side effects:   Mild Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   kidney infection
Dosage & duration:   500 mg taken 3 times a day for 7 days for the period of same full course
Other conditions:   IBS
Other drugs taken:   mebevrine amytriptyline fybogel paracetamol
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   Almost immediate reduction in pain and inflammation that was not resolved by trimethoprim previously- this is a lower uti drug. Slept much better with less discomfort although tenderness remained for a few days.
Side effects:   Slight nausea as to be expected but swollen tender nipples which is something I'm not prone to.
Comments:   Take one tablet at regular intervals 3 times a day complete the course as reduced symptoms dont mean the bacteria are fully gone.
 


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