Keflex and Alcohol Interaction



Keflex and Alcohol

Keflex generic name cephalexin belongs to a family of drugs known as cephalosporin antibiotics which fight bacteria in the body and is used to teat infections which include upper respiratory infections, ear infections, skin infections and urinary tract infections. It is an oral medication

It is suggested that you do not consume alcohol while using this drug as the effectiveness of the antibiotic will be negated.

At this time the medical community defines moderate consumption of alcohol as no more than two drinks per day and no more than 14 drinks per week. Anything more than that is considered an unhealthy dependency on alcohol that may have adverse social, family and health consequences.

If a person drinks only once or twice a week but drinks on the same days each week and more than two drinks this is considered as an alcohol dependency.

If a person binge drinks at any time during the week this is also considered as alcoholism.

Some consider alcoholism as a disease while others consider it an addiction which is the result of personal choice and character fault. This school of thought blames the alcoholism on life style choices.

Personally I consider alcoholism a genetic tendency as I have seen families of alcoholics even when they live far apart. These unfortunate people are probably dependent on alcohol from the first drink.

When alcohol interacts with prescription over the counter drugs it usually results in negative health effects most especially liver damage as the main organ affected.

It is suggested that before taking this or any other drug you have a frank and honest discussion with your physician as to your drinking habits. This may be difficult as many alcoholics are in a state of denial as to their drinking habits.

I have also noticed that many alcoholics are not subject to the morning after illness that most of us suffer through when we drink too much. Severe alcoholics usually find if they feel “shakey” in the morning, a drink will make them feel more normal.

Before starting this drug advise your physician if you are allergic to this or any other drug or substance, are pregnant, plan to be so, are breastfeeding, have kidney disease, liver disease, stomach or intestinal disorder such as colitis, diabetes or are malnourished.

Side Effects

Less serious side effects are mild nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, dizziness, feeling tired, joint pain, vaginal itching or discharge. If these occur call your physician for advice.

Serious side effects are allergic reactions such as hives, difficult breathing, swelling of your face, lips, tongue or throat, diarrhea that is bloody or watery, seizues or convulsions, fever, sore throat, headache with severe blistering, peeling and red skin rash, pale or yellow skin, darl colored urine, fever, confusion or weakness, easy bruising or bleeding, unusual weakness, confusion, agitation, hallucinations or changes in pattern of urination. If these occur get emergency medical help.

This site serves as an information source only and does not dispense medical advice or any other kind of advice. If you are seeking medical advice you are advised to consult your own physician.

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