Can a pregnant woman take cephalexin? – Your Health

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Cephalexin is an antibiotic that can be indicated for the treatment of urinary infection, such as urethritis, cystitis, pyelitis during pregnancy. In addition, this medication is also indicated to treat respiratory infections, such as pharyngitis, sinusitis and bronchitis; infections of the skin, bones and joints.

According to the FDA classification, cephalexin has risk B when used during pregnancy. This means that tests were carried out on animals and no significant changes were found in them or in the fetuses. However, there are no controlled studies in pregnant women.

Therefore, the use of cephalexin during pregnancy and breastfeeding should only be done under the recommendation and guidance of a doctor, who will evaluate the benefits and risks of this drug for the health of the woman and the baby.

what is it for

Cephalexin is indicated to treat urinary infections during pregnancy, which are infections mainly caused by the entry of the bacteria Escherichia coli in the urinary system, which can cause cystitis, urethritis or pyelonephritis.

How to take

During pregnancy, cephalexin should only be used on the advice of a physician. The dosage of this medication varies according to the disease to be treated, and the use of 1 tablet from 250 mg to 500 mg, 2 times to 4 times a day, is generally indicated. Understand better how to take cephalexin.

Can breastfeeding mothers take cephalexin?

Cephalexin does little for the baby when used while breastfeeding. However, the use of cephalexin during breastfeeding should only be done under the guidance of a doctor, as the drug is excreted in breast milk.

If the woman has to use cephalexin, the ideal is to ingest this medication at the same time the baby is breastfed, because in this way the concentration of the antibiotic in breast milk will be lower during feedings. Another possibility is for the mother to express the milk before taking the medicine and offer this milk to the baby while she is unable to breastfeed.

Possible side effects and contraindications

Using cephalexin can cause symptoms such as nausea, diarrhea, poor digestion, dark urine, tiredness, dizziness, stomach pain, headache, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, oral or vaginal thrush.

In addition, this medication can cause severe allergic reactions in some people, causing symptoms and signs such as severe diarrhea, swelling of the face, lips, tongue, and eyelids, difficulty breathing, fever, and hives.

Cephalexin is not indicated for people who are allergic to the drug and to other drugs in the cephalosporin class. In addition, people with kidney disease or who are using other antibiotic, diuretic, hypoglycemic drugs should always consult a doctor before using cephalexin.

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