I. Indications

  1. Effective alternative to Penicillins
  2. Covers Gram Positive Cocci
  3. Clinical Conditions
    1. Skin and Soft Tissue Infection
    2. Streptococcal Pharyngitis
    3. Not indicated for Otitis Media

III. Preparations: Oral

  1. Directions
    1. May take with or without food
  2. Cephalexin (Keflex)
    1. Adult: 250 to 500 mg PO qid
    2. Child
      1. Otitis Media: 75 to 100 mg/kg/day divided qid
      2. Standard Dose: 25 to 50 mg/kg/day divided qid
  3. Cefadroxil (Duricef)
    1. Adult: 1 to 2 grams/day divided qd to bid
    2. Child: 30 mg/kg/day divided bid

IV. Parenteral: Cefazolin (Ancef)

  1. Adult: 0.5 to 1.5 grams IM or IV every 6-8 hours
  2. Child
    1. Standard: 25 to 50 mg/kg/day divided q6-8 hours
    2. Severe Infection: 100 mg/kg/day divided q6-8 hours
    3. Maximum: 2 grams per dose

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Cost: Medications

CEPHALEXIN (on 2/19/2015 at Target.com)
CEPHALEXIN 250 MG Capsule #90 for $10.00 $0.11 each
CEPHALEXIN 500 MG Capsule #90 for $10.00 $0.11 each
cephalexin (on 1/21/2015 at Medicaid.Gov Survey of pharmacy drug pricing)
CEPHALEXIN 125 MG/5 ML SUSP Generic $0.16 per ml
CEPHALEXIN 250 MG CAPSULE Generic $0.10 each
CEPHALEXIN 250 MG/5 ML SUSP Generic $0.18 per ml
CEPHALEXIN 500 MG CAPSULE Generic $0.09 each
CEPHALEXIN 750 MG CAPSULE Generic $5.71 each
cefazolin (on 11/19/2014 at Medicaid.Gov Survey of pharmacy drug pricing)
CEFAZOLIN 1 GM VIAL Generic $1.35 each
cefadroxil (on 1/21/2015 at Medicaid.Gov Survey of pharmacy drug pricing)
CEFADROXIL 250 MG/5 ML SUSP Generic $0.30 per ml
CEFADROXIL 500 MG CAPSULE Generic $0.27 each
CEFADROXIL 500 MG/5 ML SUSP Generic $0.48 per ml

Ontology: Cefadroxil (C0007538)

Definition (NCI) A semi-synthetic, beta-lactam, first-generation cephalosporin antibiotic with bactericidal activity. Cefadroxil binds to and inactivates penicillin-binding proteins (PBP) located on the inner membrane of the bacterial cell wall. PBPs are enzymes involved in the terminal stages of assembling the bacterial cell wall and in reshaping the cell wall during growth and division. Inactivation of PBPs interferes with the cross-linkage of peptidoglycan chains necessary for bacterial cell wall strength and rigidity. This results in the weakening of the bacterial cell wall and causes cell lysis.
Definition (MSH) Long-acting, broad-spectrum, water-soluble, CEPHALEXIN derivative.
Concepts Antibiotic (T195) , Organic Chemical (T109)
MSH D002434
SnomedCT 13414000, 372651006
LNC LP17101-4, MTHU005578
English 4 Hydroxycephalexin, 4-Hydroxycephalexin, Cefadroxil, Cephadroxyl, 5-Thia-1-azabicyclo(4.2.0)oct-2-ene-2-carboxylic acid, 7-((amino(4-hydroxyphenyl)acetyl)amino)-3-methyl-8-oxo-, (6R-(6alpha,7beta(R*)))-, (6R,7R)-7-(((2R)-Amino(4-hydroxyphenyl)acetyl)amino)-3-methyl-8-oxo-5-thia-1-azabicyclo(4.2.0)oct-2-ene-2-carboxylic Acid, cefadroxil, CEFADROXIL, Cefadroxil [Chemical/Ingredient], cephadroxyl, Cefadroxil Monohydrate, Cefadroxil (product), Cefadroxil (substance)
Swedish Cefadroxil
Czech cefadroxil
Finnish Kefadroksiili
Italian 4-Idrossi cefalessina, Cefadrossil
Russian TSEFADROKSIL, ЦЕФАДРОКСИЛ
Japanese セファドロキシル
Polish Cefadroksyl
Spanish cefadroxilo (producto), cefadroxilo (sustancia), cefadroxilo, Cefadroxilo
French Céfadroxil
German Cefadroxil
Portuguese Cefadroxila

Ontology: Cefazolin (C0007546)

Definition (NCI) A beta-lactam antibiotic and first-generation cephalosporin with bactericidal activity. Cefazolin binds to and inactivates penicillin-binding proteins (PBP) located on the inner membrane of the bacterial cell wall. Inactivation of PBPs interferes with the cross-linkage of peptidoglycan chains necessary for bacterial cell wall strength and rigidity. This results in the weakening of the bacterial cell wall and causes cell lysis.
Definition (MSH) A semisynthetic cephalosporin analog with broad-spectrum antibiotic action due to inhibition of bacterial cell wall synthesis. It attains high serum levels and is excreted quickly via the urine.
Concepts Antibiotic (T195) , Organic Chemical (T109)
MSH D002437
SnomedCT 323932006, 81088002, 387470007
LNC LP16066-0, MTHU005579
English Cefazolin, Cephazolin, 5-Thia-1-azabicyclo(4.2.0)oct-2-ene-2-carboxylic acid, 3-(((5-methyl-1,3,4-thiadiazol-2-yl)thio)methyl)-8-oxo-7-((1H-tetrazol-1-ylacetyl)amino)-, (6R-trans)-, (6R,7R)-3-(((5-Methyl-1,3,4-thiadiazol-2-yl)thio)methyl)-8-oxo-7-(2-(1H-tetrazol-1-yl)acetamido)-5-thia-1-azabicyclo(4.2.0)oct-2-ene-2-carboxylic Acid, Cefazolin [Chemical/Ingredient], cephazolin, ceFAZolin, CEFAZOLIN, cefazolin, Cephazolin (product), Cephazolin (substance)
Swedish Cefazolin
Czech cefazolin
Finnish Kefatsoliini
Russian TSEFAZOLIN, ЦЕФАЗОЛИН
Japanese セファゾリン, セファゾリンナトリウム
Polish Cefazolina
Spanish cefazolina (producto), cefazolina (sustancia), cefazolina, Cefazolina
French Céfazoline
German Cefazolin, Cephazolin
Italian Cefazolina
Portuguese Cefazolina

Ontology: Cephalexin (C0007716)

Definition (CHV) an antibiotic drug
Definition (CHV) an antibiotic drug
Definition (NCI) A beta-lactam, first-generation cephalosporin antibiotic with bactericidal activity. Cephalexin binds to and inactivates penicillin-binding proteins (PBP) located on the inner membrane of the bacterial cell wall. Inactivation of PBPs interferes with the cross-linking of peptidoglycan chains necessary for bacterial cell wall strength and rigidity. This results in the weakening of the bacterial cell wall and causes cell lysis. Compared to second and third generation cephalosporins, cephalexin is more active against gram-positive and less active against gram-negative organisms.
Definition (NCI_NCI-GLOSS) An antibiotic drug that belongs to the family of drugs called cephalosporins.
Definition (MSH) A semisynthetic cephalosporin antibiotic with antimicrobial activity similar to that of CEPHALORIDINE or CEPHALOTHIN, but somewhat less potent. It is effective against both gram-positive and gram-negative organisms.
Definition (PDQ) A beta-lactam, first-generation cephalosporin antibiotic with bactericidal activity. Cephalexin binds to and inactivates penicillin-binding proteins (PBP) located on the inner membrane of the bacterial cell wall. Inactivation of PBPs interferes with the cross-linking of peptidoglycan chains necessary for bacterial cell wall strength and rigidity. This results in the weakening of the bacterial cell wall and causes cell lysis. Compared to second and third generation cephalosporins, cephalexin is more active against gram-positive and less active against gram-negative organisms. Check for "http://www.cancer.gov/Search/ClinicalTrialsLink.aspx?id=43417&idtype=1" active clinical trials or "http://www.cancer.gov/Search/ClinicalTrialsLink.aspx?id=43417&idtype=1&closed=1" closed clinical trials using this agent. ("http://nciterms.nci.nih.gov:80/NCIBrowser/ConceptReport.jsp?dictionary=NCI_Thesaurus&code=C356" NCI Thesaurus)
Concepts Antibiotic (T195) , Organic Chemical (T109)
MSH D002506
SnomedCT 54887004, 387304003
LNC LP15264-2, MTHU005030
English Cefalexin, Cephalexin, 5-Thia-1-azabicyclo(4.2.0)oct-2-ene-2-carboxylic acid, 7-((aminophenylacetyl)amino)-3-methyl-8-oxo-, (6R-(6alpha,7beta(R*)))-, cephalexin, cephalexin (medication), CEPHALEXIN, Cephalexin [Chemical/Ingredient], cefalexin, Cephalexin (product), Cephalexin (substance)
Swedish Cefalexin
Czech cefalexin
Finnish Kefaleksiini
German Cefalexin, Cephalexin
Russian TSEFALEKSIN, ЦЕФАЛЕКСИН
Japanese セファレキシン
Croatian CEFALEKSIN
Polish Cefaleksyna
Spanish cefalexina (producto), cefalexina (sustancia), cefalexina, Cefalexina
French Céfalexine
Italian Cefalexina
Portuguese Cefalexina

Ontology: Keflex (C0700517)

Concepts Antibiotic (T195) , Organic Chemical (T109)
English Keflex, keflex

Ontology: Ancef (C0700926)

Concepts Antibiotic (T195) , Organic Chemical (T109)
MSH D002437
English ancef, Ancef

Ontology: Duricef (C0701890)

Concepts Antibiotic (T195) , Organic Chemical (T109)
MSH D002434
English duricef, Duricef